80% of the consequences flow from 20% of the causes.
80% of the results come from 20% of the effort and
80% of company profits come from 20% of the
products and customers.
80% of all stock
market gains are
realized by 20% of the
investors and 20% of
One of the most important
things you can do to have a
life of Less Doing is to have a
system that allows you to find
anything at any time.
You need constant, universal,
instant access to everything
We’re fortunate to live in a world
where we have great access to
thousands of products at cheap
prices, all readily available.
However, when a product is
created to work for everybody,
there’s a good chance it won’t be
exactly right for you.
If a problem presents itself to you,
a solution may or may not exist. If
it doesn’t, creating it may be
easier than you think.
The concept of choosing your own workweek comes back to
timing. This applies to people with 9-to-5 jobs as well as
people with more flexible schedules.
The idea is that some times are
better than others for certain
people to do certain things.
By choosing your own
workweek, you set up your
schedule to match tasks to
your best times for them.
Don’t run errands, ever, ever, ever again.
They’re not efficient, and there’s no way to
make them efficient.
They’re a waste of your time.
The Less Doing lifestyle is about efficiency, and this
efficiency should translate to financial savings, too.
It’s not enough to simply manage your finances.
You want to be a financial sushi chef, cutting out all
of the fat and leaving nothing but the tastiest bits.
Organization comes in many forms, from
mental checklists to email processes to
designing the layout of your physical space.
Many people find it difficult to get or stay
organized, but we have a method that is
simple to execute and requires only a
modicum of discipline to follow.
It’s all about setting limits.
Batching is all about “getting
in the zone” and minimizing
Instead of constantly getting
interrupted and switching
focus, you let similar tasks
accumulate and deal with
them all at once.
Wellness is the foundation
of everything else. As
technologically efficient as
I can make you, you’re
still a person.
If you’re not sleeping
enough or eating well,
there’s a limit to how
productive you can be.