My new book, Time Rich, drops today — plus 10 ways to become Time Rich
Today’s the day (finally)!
My fifth book, Time Rich: Do Your Best Work, Live Your Best Life, is now available!
The book was originally slated for release in May, but with all of the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus at the time, my publisher (Wiley) and I decided to push it back to October, thinking that the world would have returned to some semblance of normality by then.
While that isn’t exactly the case, the book is perhaps more relevant now than ever, with people spending, on average, 11 hours a day staring at screens since remote work became more than just a fringe startup and freelancer movement, and a reality for almost everybody employed in a white-collar profession.
As Roman statesman and philosopher Seneca put it almost two millennia ago, “people are frugal with their money but not with their time”, but unlike money, time cannot be earned back once we’ve spent it and it is by virtue of the shortness of life, the most precious commodity we have.
Time Rich builds upon the foundation laid by my Harvard Business Review article, The Case For the 6-Hour Workday, and provides actionable insights for not only the lone worker, but teams and leaders at large organizations.
It’s about reorganizing how we work — something we’ve never truly learned how to do — in order to not just be more productive and more innovative, but free up time to lead our best lives.
The book has been endorsed by a number of thought leaders, including Adam Grant, Nir Eyal and Whitney Johnson.
Adam Grant (bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take) was kind enough to say that “Steve Glaveski understands something that few leaders have figured out: it’s possible to do less and get more done. This book offers a blueprint for working smarter.”
Nir Eyal (bestselling author of Hooked and Indistractable) put it simply; “Steve Glaveski offers countless ways to get more out of each day”.
If you’re looking to get more out of your days — whether that be at work or in your personal life — then I am sure that a modest investment in this book will repay itself in orders of magnitude.
And if you’re not convinced, below you’ll find ten quick tips which scratch the surface of what you will find in Time Rich.
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Without further ado…
10 Time Rich Tips
Tip #10: When you say “yes” to something, you’re saying “no” to everything else, and that might include your own priorities and goals. Practice saying “no” to things that are unlikely to get you closer to your goals, especially if it comes in lieu of the things that will.
Tip #9: We are aup to five-times more productive when we get into the ‘flow state’, or ‘the zone’. But each time we’re interrupted, it can take us up to 23 minutes to get back in the zone. Today’s typical person is interrupted every 5 minutes — by our devices or our internal habits. Turn off notifications, put your phone away, and cultivate the ability to focus on one thing for extended periods of time.
Tip #8: The amount of energy required to keep a ball rolling is less than that required to get it rolling in the first place. Whatever the task at hand, commit to the smallest possible unit of work, and use the momentum to keep going, beat procrastination, and get more high value work done.
Tip #7: 80% of outcomes come from 20% of causes. Get good and identifying what your high outcome causes are — sales techniques, marketing channels, products, customer segments, tasks — and prioritise your work accordingly.
Tip #6: If it’s a step-by-step process-oriented task, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it. This is the era of the knowledge worker, not the algorithmic worker. Automate process-oriented tasks, and free yourself up for high value activities.
Tip #5: Human beings tend to work on things long after the point of diminishing returns has been reached — we’re kind of like Forrest Gump running into the change-rooms after scoring a touchdown instead of stopping to celebrate. Get good at identifying the point of diminishing returns, stop, and move on to something else.
Tip #4: Someone, somewhere, decided that one hour was an appropriate length of time for a meeting. Someone, somewhere else, decided that meetings would be a good way to decide…everything. Stop defaulting to meetings for everything, and if you must, keep them short — 15 to 30 minutes.
Tip #3: If you value your time at $100 an hour, then why are you still doing tasks that someone else will happily do for $10 an hour? Sure, you save $10 upfront, but you lose $90 in value you could be creating elsewhere, not to mention compounding. Outsource tasks that can’t be automated, and free yourself up for high value $100+ an hour activities.
Tip #2: Reflect often on how you are spending your time. Be objective — what’s adding value and what isn’t? Do more of what is getting you closer to your goals, and less of what’s not.
Tip #1: Do work that aligns with your strengths, values, interests and market opportunities. If you do this you will be orders of magnitude more likely to get a return on your time investment than if you do work you don’t enjoy or work that doesn’t really align with your innate strengths.