Tim Ferris: The 9-5 Illusion & The Parkinson’s Law – Questions & Actions

“The key to having more time is doing less, and there are two paths to getting there, both of which should be used together: (1) Define a to-do list and (2) define a not-to-do list. In general terms, there are but two questions:

What 20% of sources are causing 80% of my problems and unhappiness?
What 20% of sources are resulting in 80% of my desired outcome and happiness?”

  1. If you had a heart attack and can only work two hours a day, what would you do?

Ask yourself….really, sit down and ponder exactly what would you do.  If you had to report to work and tell your boss you could only work two hours a day, what would happen? A lot of you right now are thinking, “THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE! NO WAY!” Well, if I also told you that you could function normally with four hours of sleep every night, would you do it? Nope.  However, mothers do it all the time.

      2. If you had a gun to your head and had to remove 4/5 of the time consuming activities that you were engaged in, what would you remove?

“Simplicity requires ruthlessness. If you had to stop ⅘ of time-consuming activities—e-mail, phone calls, conversations, paperwork, meetings, advertising, customers, suppliers, products, services, etc.—what would you eliminate to keep the negative effect on income to a minimum? Used even once per month, this question alone can keep you sane and on track.” – Tim Ferris

 3.What are the top-three activities that you use to fill your time to feel that you’ve been productive?

These are the things that we do that usually postpones so many more important activities.  Obviously the first and unanimous number one would be the phone.  Yes, the cell phone.  The first thing the majority of mankind looks at when they wake up.  How about the other two?

4. Who are the 20% of people who produce 80% of your enjoyment and propel you forward, and which 20% cause 80% of your depression, anger, and second-guessing?

I did this particular one a year ago without even reading this book.  Those people who are poisonous.  The sloths of mankind.  The ones who literally gossip, talk behind your back and act as if they’re your friend the next day.  Remove all of these splinters and you’ll be much better off and happier with yourself.  Drop them like a bad habit.  Over the years, especially working in three different countries, I’ve worked with people who make exponentially more than me, yet they’re still unhappy and seem to bicker about me.  These types of people don’t serve you whatsoever; however, the idea that they’re talking about you would ultimately bug you to death….try resolving it or steer clear of the ones on the continuous rag.   Also, you have the people who try talking to you just to get information out of you in terms of what you’re doing so they can relay message over to the “bitch” group.  You will also have friends who were once friends and suddenly they just change and give you attitude, workplace or even at school….because they too, have been sucked into the dark abyss.

5. Learn to ask yourself, “if I accomplish this only this today, would today be considered a success?”

This could be mundane.  This could be the task where you have to report somewhere to do something you SERIOUSLY don’t want to do.  Or, it could also be a big task that you could ultimately chip away on.

There should never be more than two mission-critical items to complete each day. Never. It just isn’t necessary if they’re actually high-impact. If you are stuck trying to decide between multiple items that all seem crucial, as happens to all of us, look at each in turn and ask yourself, If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?
To counter the seemingly urgent, ask yourself: What will happen if I don’t do this, and is it worth putting off the important to do it? If you haven’t already accomplished at least one important task in the day, don’t spend the last business hour returning a DVD to avoid a $5 late charge. Get the important task done and pay the $5 fine. – Tim Ferris

More on my podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/11313188

Jack Canfield – Use Social Media In A Way That Enhances Your Reputation

“The internet has been the most fundamental change during my lifetime and for hundreds of years.  It’s the biggest thing since the invention of writing.” – Rupert Murdoch.

I was vastly intrigued by the perseverance by the great Jack Ma and how he was able to overcome so many obstacles throughout the 90’s in terms of bring not only internet to China, but ecommerce as well.  The internet and social media has finally hit the tipping point where – instead of seeing a lot of interest but not many takers – we’re now seeing millions of followers convert into “buyers.”

How To Get Followers To Stay Engaged With You

To reach that goal, you’ll need to have your friends, students (like mine), family, and other people spread the word.

You’ll want to maintain an ongoing present on the most popular social media sites.  Facebook houses 900 million users worldwide and twitter + instagram are moving up in the ranks.

I’ve already said about having a private Facebook page for sharing your personal information and photographs with your close friends and family.  However, you can also create a Facebook fan page for you business on the Facebook home page.

Be interesting. Be engaging.  Be helpful enough and create each post in a way that people will want to hear more, such as this one.  This requires more than just product announcements.  what does Facebook recommend to better engage your fans?

  1. Rich Media = combination with written words.  Photos and videos get the attention of most people.
  2. Increased engagement with you Facebook posts by creating two-way conversations between you and your followers.  Post a quote, a video, or an idea and ask followers to share their thoughts.
  3. If you own a business, share discounts and promotions that are exclusive to Facebook followers.  Always include a clear call-to-action with the exact steps to take to redeem the voucher.
  4. Provide access to exclusive information.  “Janet Switzer uses this to launch her clients on Facebook or provide a boost where they need to get more followers.  She broadcasts an email to the client’s list offering a special report or other item of interest – then asks them to “Like Us on Facebook” in order to get the report.

    The other six steps are on my podcast so tune in!

Podcast – Principle 65 – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9664469

Jack Canfield – Tell The Truth Faster

“When in doubt, tell the truth.” – Mark Twain

Aren’t we afraid of the consequences of making others feel uncomfortable or unworthy?

I use to work in Australia at a dental office where an assistant would complain all-day, turn customers away, have rude antics throughout the office, and was too stubborn to learn some of the most basic principles and procedures – yet they still kept her on staff.  Why?  They were afraid of firing her because they didn’t want to make her feel bad.

Telling the truth sooner is one of the most important success habits in the best world that you will ever develop.  In fact, as soon as you start asking yourself that question, “when would be the best time to tell the truth,” that’s actually the best time to do so.

Will it be uncomfortable? Probably.  Will it create lots of negative reactions from other peers and colleagues? Absolutely, but it’s the right thing to do.  Get into the habit of telling the truth faster, especially if you’re a boss because if you don’t, having employees in your business who are considered “cancer” will end up dissecting everything about your business.

I’ve seen it happen at a number a businesses across dozens of countries and it all came because a particular person was “scared” to fire someone.

Formula For Crucial Conversations – Jack Canfield

  1. To begin, determine you motivation for having the conversation, whether it’s merely to express yourself and get something off your chest – or to eventually solve a problem.
  2. Make sure to schedule enough time to have the conversation.
  3. Plan your conversation in advance by crafting a clear message that keeps you on track.  Start with the facts of what actually happened or is happening versus the story you may have made up in your HEADDD!!! How will you report the facts of the situation? Be sure to separate the actual facts from the feeling you’ve attached to the situation or the event.
  4. After reporting the facts, ask the other person, “How do you see this?” What do they think the impact is? Oftentimes we presuppose or imagine some horrible reaction or consequence without knowing what the other person’s actually experience of the situation is.
  5. Ask the other party what they would like to do to resolve the matter – if in fact you are looking for resolution.  Sometimes simply expressing yourself might be your goal.
  6. If you decide to resolve the issue, agree on and document what actions you will both take, by when you will take them, and how you will follow up with each other.

Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9341945