Chapter 1
Time management

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot”

– Michael Altshuler

Concentrate on systems, not goals

Goals are often beyond our control; we can only influence them to a certain extent. In contrast, a system – essentially a repeatable process – is something we fully control.

Take running a marathon. That’s a goal. But running for 30 minutes, four days a week? That’s a repeatable process, a system.

Utilize the compound effect

By consistently working on systems daily, your efforts accumulate, leading to exponential growth over time.

Each advantage you gain builds upon the last, creating a snowball effect. A daily improvement of just 1% can lead to an almost 38-fold increase in a year.

Measure output, not input

Systems excel in driving progress because they’re within our control and reward effort. Yet, direction is crucial in these efforts to ensure purpose.

Merely writing daily without a goal is practice. To achieve specific outcomes, commit to tangible outputs, like weekly blog posts. Ultimately, a system is your strategy for achieving desired outputs.

Apply the 80/20 Rule

This principle guides you to regularly evaluate whether your focus, time, or money is directed towards activities that yield the majority of your results.

The 80/20 rule, or Pareto Principle, suggests that 80% of outcomes stem from 20% of efforts. It highlights that a small fraction of actions drives most of the results.

Prioritize mornings for deep work

Our cognitive abilities like working memory, alertness, and concentration improve a few hours after waking, reaching their peak in mid-morning. This is our brain’s natural high-productivity phase.

Use this time wisely by scheduling your critical tasks then. Engage in Deep Work during this period, which means working for extended periods without distractions.

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