How to save time and achieve more?
As you know, TIME is limited.
Energy, however, can be increased.
Since your ENERGY affects the intensity of your TIME, it makes sense to raise it, doesn’t it?
Similarly, when you save TIME, you give yourself more space to EXPAND your intensity.
In other words, you’re streamlining your form, then scaling it.
We’re about to discuss all these concepts and more. By the time we finish, you’ll have a CLEAR map to abundance.
Let’s do it.
How To Save Time And Achieve More 101
Here are some brief equations to illustrate the point:
- Time poor + energy poor = depressed
- Time rich + energy poor = procrastination
- Time poor + energy rich = uphill struggle
- Time rich + energy rich = efficiency
To clarify, “time rich” does not necessarily equal financially free. It simply means you’ve eliminated all the drags in your life.
Efficiency is simplicity.
Successful people are precise because they don’t have room for anything irrelevant. All their energy is maximized. When you refuse to look weesh things up or engage with them, you save mass time.
The more you raise your standards, the more your choices narrow.
What’s the easiest way to do so?
Structure And Weighing Incentives
You can’t bear fruit without structure.
An optimal structure weighs all your incentives in the right direction. This saves your brainpower for what really matters.
Every environment encourages different behavior. It can work FOR or AGAINST you.
You see, keeping weak shit far away makes it harder to be tempted. Your surroundings always influence you in one way or another.
Constantly saying “NO” is energy expensive.
When your environment is in order with your incentives, default actions add to greater wins. All you have to do is say “YES”.
It’s hard to fuck anything up when the only options are the right options.
Removing choices leaves you with no choice besides victory.
“Create an environment where you REMOVE choices.”
— Mister Infinite (@mister_infinite) October 3, 2016
This ties in with the 80/20 principle.
Audit your behavior to see if it’s aligned with your vision or just useless accumulation.
Find the 20% of things that lead to 80% of your results and set them on auto-pilot. After all, repetition is the architect of accomplishment.
When you do this, you limit all decisions to important ones. You don’t have to worry about your “bass rhythm” because it’s already on point. It’s a lot easier to check in from time to time than to overhaul your lifestyle altogether.
Here are some key areas in which you can remove choices:
- Financial tracking
- Diet (outsourced/weekly meal prep)
Let’s start with style.
Great style is looking like you care but not too much.
— WellBuiltStyle (@WellBuiltStyle) May 9, 2017
How much time and energy do you spend thinking about what clothes to wear?
You’d be surprised how much such a simple decision can slow your momentum.
There’s a reason Steve Jobs wore the same outfit everyday.
Dressing well doesn’t have to be expensive or involve lots of thought. When your clothes are ready to go, you’ll always look good.
Let’s take it even further.
Since you wear 20% of your wardrobe 80% of the time, make sure those pieces hold weight.
Where Quality Pays Big:
- Leather Jacket
Quality items make strong statements in multiple environments. All you need is one standout item per outfit. (Something simple that POPS). This allows you to seamlessly dress up or down depending on the situation.
You see, clothes are a huge aspect of your passive value. They don’t have to be flashy, but they do have to say something about your character. There’s no better way to stand out than to throw a conversation piece in the mix.
As always, dress for success. You’ll be surprised at your increased energy levels.
But there’s more.
People can be one of the biggest energy drains.
(Filling your time with various demands, dragging you into drama, etc.)
You can cut all this BS by surrounding yourself with quality people. Like magic, most problems suddenly disappear.
Everyone knows the cliché, “you’re the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” But how many actually live by it?
What’s more is that people are far more dynamic than their surface qualities let on. Mindset is revealed through a person’s social group and recurring behavior. If you don’t want overlap with a certain world, it’s best to avoid that kind of person.
When you hang with a person, you aren’t just hanging with THEM.
You’re hanging with EVERYTHING they surround themselves with.
— Mister Infinite (@mister_infinite) April 4, 2017
You see, you’re manipulated by your references. When high-value becomes normal to you, you’ve weighed your incentives properly.
People act as triggers to behavior. All you have to do is surround yourself with the right switches.
If you have “nice” friends who constantly indulge in weak shit, it’s time to cut the cord. They’re draining your potential.
Spillover is unavoidable.
Which brings us to the next section.
Your career is the primary vehicle you use to move through life.
It attracts many situations and influences you wouldn’t otherwise experience.
(Gossipy co-workers, busywork, etc).
As you know, commuting wastes time and energy. Unless your job requires your presence, set it up to work remotely. You can even start part time.
If you’re forced to commute, listen to audiobooks or podcasts on the way.
By maximizing your time and energy, you make it easier to enter a flow state.
To further sharpen your focus, dump your thoughts in a journal or commonplace. When you save intriguing ideas in a swipe file, you can reference them at any moment.
It’s easier to elevate when you engineer your life and environment for deep work.
Let’s look at how.
The honest truth is that you’re completely responsible for your environment.
A clear space is conducive to a clear mind – not constantly gorging on rich foods or acquiring meaningless possessions.
Keeping a clean desk = sharp mind.
Think of the 80/20 principle and how it relates to the 20% of items you use 80% of the time. When you ensure those are top notch, you’ll keep your energy high.
How do winners organize their environments?
Let’s take a look:
As you can see, Conor doesn’t have much in his mansion. Steve Jobs was also notorious for keeping his mansion almost entirely empty.
This allows for less distractions and less wasted time on cleaning.
You can even outsource chores with Taskrabbit (no affiliate). They take care of everything from major cleaning to minor repairs.
As you noticed in the previous section, one of the biggest environmental obstacles is peak hours. You waste lots of time and energy by dealing with inefficient idiots. When you set your own hours, you rarely have to worry about traffic or over-crowded venues.
It’s a tool to maximize time and energy.
You could also look at as *ammo*.
Efficient people spend money to make money, buying influence and assets rather than things.
Just because you have lots of money doesn’t make you good at managing it.
That’s where FREE financial tools such as Personal capital come in. It keeps track of leaks and helps you scale effectively.
Last but not least, your energy is determined by your diet.
Sounds obvious right? It’s amazing how something so clear can be so neglected.
Many people justify eating like shit because they “don’t have time to cook”. Funny how these same people have several hours to watch Netflix every day.
To keep things simple, buy your groceries in bulk. When you don’t have any junk food in your house, it’s impossible to be tempted.
Do lots of online grocery shopping? Save money with Amazon prime.
Once you have your ingredients, you can get into the habit of weekly meal preps. In fact, you can take it even further and pay someone to do a weekly meal prep.
That’s all there is to it.