These last few weeks I have taken the idea of doing less a bit too far.
My son was born 3.5 weeks ago, so that’s a major part of it. Since then I’ve spent most of my time watching kids- either my toddler (so my wife could take care of my son) or the little guy to give my wife a break.
Obviously this was the most important thing for me to do during this time. But now that school has started back and we’ve gotten back into the newborn routine, it’s time for me to get back to work.
The tough thing is that right now I basically have 5 projects I’m working on. James Altucher says we should all have that many projects- but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
Here are my five:
- School (last semester of my MBA program)
- Freelancing (to help pay the bills until I graduate)
- Networking and looking for a job (for after I graduate)
- This blog
- A book
That’s a lot to juggle considering how much time I need to spend with my family. But that’s partially why I created this blog. I’m trying to become more productive. The idea of Do Less to Do More isn’t necessarily to only have 1-2 projects at a time. It’s figuring out how to cut other crap out of our lives so we can focus on these important projects.
For example- if I can cut my time checking email from 3 hours a week to just 1, that gives me 2 more hours to work on these projects.
Or if I’m currently working out 4 hours a week and figure out how to cut it down to 2, that’s another 2 hours.
This goes with cooking, cleaning, research- anything.
One thing I’m trying right now is skipping dinner. I eat a decent breakfast and lunch, and than a cup of coffee with cream between 3-4pm. Then skip dinner.
So far it’s been working for me. It gives me more time to work, and it cuts my calorie intake down so I can lose weight. It also forces my body to go about 14-16 hours without eating, which provides intermittent fasting benefits.
As I listen to The Four Hour Work Week for the billionth time, I’m reminded that Tim Ferris recommends the same thought process. By batching activities such as email or cooking, we get a lot more time back each day. Over time those minutes add up to hours, and hours add up to hundreds of hours.
If I apply that time to meaningful projects. Hopefully most of it goes towards legacy projects, but that’s something I’m working up to.
For now- I’m building new habits. Going to bed early so I can wake up early to work out and write. Drinking tons of water each day. Writing every single day- even if none of the words get published.
It’s these habits and systems that will take me somewhere.