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Four Hour WorkWeek – Take 1

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I have amassed a huge reading list in the past few weeks and although I have quite a growing list on the back of the toilet, I couldn’t resist buying the Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris.  Having heard of this book for a few months it was time to investigate into all that I had heard.  While I’m 80 pages in, I must say I’m very impressed.

I’ve started logging some great quotes and ideas into my Moleskine to remember, but the one that strikes me as the most relevant for the day involves what Ferris calls Parkinson’s Law.  The law is defined as “a task will swell in perceived importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion.”  Ferris demonstrates a large college assignment and due to a last minute problem he was forced to rewrite the paper in under 24 hours.  Despite the stress and pressue, he completed a 30 page paper and received an A.

I self-reflected at this point due to my procrastination.  At times it serves me well because I work well under pressure and having very finite timelines.  I don’t think Ferris is advocating procrastination, but by setting a finite timeline, the outcome can be achieved and even done so in exemplary fashion.  What a great concept!  More to come…

Productivity Tip While Reading

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Here’s a quick tip for maintaining some productivity while reading.  

Whether it’s your Moleskine or your Hipster PDA, sometimes the simplest needs are not always at our grasp.  So, consider this:  Using an index card as your bookmark, whenever you come across an idea, simply write it on the card.  You can then choose to transfer those notes to actionable items – or you can wait until you are done with the book and then transfer all your notes into reference or actionable items.  Once you are done transferring the info, you might even consider keeping the card in a file for quick reference later – or simply trashing it altogether.

Photo courtesy of moriza