Friday, September 17, 2010

Review: Get-It-Done Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More

Happy Friday, ya'll!

I don't know about you, but I would love to work less and do more-- even though I love what I do. In his book, Stever Robbins, author and successful entrepreneur, gives the nine steps to doing so. I was able to read the first two chapters (which you can download here).

One thing I really enjoyed was Stever's writing style; it's like he's having a light-hearted but informative conversation with you. His humuorous personality really comes through, and I found myself chuckling a lot.
Anyhoo, the nine steps are:
  1. Live and work on purpose.
  2. Stop procrastinating.
  3. Conquer your technology.
  4. Cultivate focus.
  5. Stay organized.
  6. Don't waste time.
  7. Optimize!
  8. Build stronger relationships.
  9. Leverage!

So chapter one is about living on purpose, and it helps you identify your ultimate goals for every situation. According to Stever, the number one principle is "stop doing stuff that doesn't help you reach your goals." He goes on to give real examples of this with a real person, and he provides tools to help you make sure your actions line up with your bigger goals. For instance, he talks about creating a Life Map where you ask yourself, 'What would be a fulfilling life?', and you create this map for each aspect of your life (i.e., career, family, friends/social life, etc.). Additionally, Stever gives great examples with detailed charts showing you exactly how to do it.

Like I mentioned above, chapter two is stop procrastinating. There was an 'a-ha' moment for me in this chapter (hopefully, I'll listen lol): Stever talks about how it's a habit that he brushes his teeth daily and does his laundry once a week. Even though laundry is not that important, and brushing his teeth is important, he treats both tasks equally because they're habits. *light bulb on*

"Habits are actions we streamline to the point where they're no longer a decision, they're just something we do. They don't require thought, so we don't procrastinate. We just do them. The easiest way to overcome procrastination is to make things habits...establish a habit by making it regular."

I absolutely loved this, and I think it's a fantastic way to look at and deal with procrastination. He also gives examples of potential habits we could develop such as checking and responding to email only at specific times, working out and grocery shopping. Additionally, he provides methods to help prevent procrastination such as self-bribery and using other people (or accountability partners).

In just two short chapters, Stever gives fabulous advice and tips to get you started on working less and doing more. I really enjoyed what I read and will definitely be using these tips in my own life.

For more info about Stever, the book and to find out where to purchase, check out the website, Get-It-Done Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More.

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