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Work is not all of life

Work is not all of life

Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should. 

Your co-workers shouldn’t be your only friends. Schedule life and defend it just as you would an important business meeting.

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  • Do not answer calls from unrecognized phone numbers
  • Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night
  • Do not agree to meetings with no clear agenda 
  • Do not let people ramble
  • Do not check e-mail constantly , only at set times only
  • Do not over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers
  • Do not work more to fix overwhelm. Prioritize
  • Do not carry a cellphone 24/7
  • Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should. 

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Prioritizing important stuff

If you define the single most important task for each day, almost nothing else seems urgent or important. The answer to overwhelm is not spinning more plates — or doing more — it’s defining the few things that can really fundamentally change your life.

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Meetings with unclear agendas

If the desired outcome is defined clearly with a stated objective and agenda listing topics/questions to cover, no meeting or call should last more than 30 minutes.

Request them in advance so you can best prepare and make good use of the time together.

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  1. Don't answer calls from unrecognized phone numbers. Don't waste time knowing the one who called, leave it in the voicemail.
  2. Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night to stop you from scrambling your schedule and difficulty of sleep.
  3. Do not agree to meetings or calls with no clear agenda or end time. Ask for it in advance for preparation.
  4. Do not let people ramble. Always get to the point.
  5. Do not check e-mail constantly — “batch” and check at set times only.
  6. Do not over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers. 
  7. Do not work more to fix overwhelm — prioritize. Know what is urgent and important.
  8. Do not carry a cellphone 24/7 to prevent your personal life interrupted by work.
  9. Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should.

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  • Vision List - consists of everything you want to experience in life.
  • 100 Days List - all the task waiting for you in the next 100 day.
  • Personal Sprint Backlog or Bi-Weekly Sprint - tasks categorized by to-do, in progress, and done.
  • Daily 3T List - the three most important tasks of the day.
  • Not-to-do List - tasks you simply don’t do, no matter what. 

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How Friction Can Help You

In tech, friction refers to the steps a customer needs to take to perform a certain action. Too many steps and your funnel starts to leak.

For you, on the other hand, the harder it is to perform a habit, the less you will want to do it. This is crucial.

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