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During my vacation I read a cool book called The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. I highly recommend. There are some fairly drastic things in this book. However I have developed a few strategies to ease myself into the 4-Hour Work Week. The author would be opposed to some of my strategies … but it’s baby steps.
Top 5 ways to Leave Early on Friday:
5. Cut out Personal E-mails at Work. With the exception of a few e-mails exchanged with my partner, I have cut personal e-mail in the office. The first step toward this was removing the Gmail widget from my iGoogle homepage. Remove the temptation.
4. Cut out Google Reader at Work. Google Reader is cool. Information is great. However it’s a time suck. Before Google reader I would visit news sites periodically throughout the day – this is the same thing. Distractions are a time suck. I’m trying my best to restrict Google Reader use to home and lunch break. Again … I’ve removed my Google Reader widget from my iGoogle homepage.
3. Go Home! Many work/life balance writers urge you to make plans in the evening. I totally agree – but this week I set a “Go Home!” reminder in my blackberry whether I had evening plans or not. On Friday at 12:30pm my blackberry said “Go Home!” and I did! It felt amazing.
2. Batch E-mail. I tried this once before after reading Never Check E-Mail In the Morning: And Other Unexpected Strategies for Making Your Work Life Work. But this time it’s working. I’ve scheduled 2 times daily to check e-mail. This requires discipline – don’t be sucked in every couple of minutes all day!
1. 1 Hour of AM Task Time. This is another tip from Never Check E-mail in the morning. I’ve scheduled 1 hour of task time first thing in the morning. During this time I bang out a task I determined the day before. Choosing only one task makes you hyper-prioritize. Earn your salary before 10am!
All I can speak about lately is 4-Hour Work Week. So I’d be very interested in hearing from all of you! Thanks for reading – I’ll let you know how it goes.