[weekly review] How to Get More Done in Less Time

Last week was very busy.  I ended up burning both ends of the candle, a habit I do not wish to reform.   In reflection, last week has got me thinking about a blog post I keep meaning to write.  The premise is how to get more done in less time.  The strategy is partial based on measuring the things that matter.

First though, here is my favorite song of the week. I hope you like it.

Improving Base Skills – How to Get More Done in Less Time

How do you get more done in less time?  You can look at this question from two directions:

  1. Learn to do things faster
  2. Prioritize better

Either way the result is the same—you get more done!

Doing things faster is actually much easier than you would think.  I feel many people overlook the importance of improving base skills.

We spend hours reading each week, but how often do you sit down and improve the skill of reading?  What about listening?  A major part of life is listening.   But, when are we ever taught to listen?  Certainly not in school—I spent the majority of my school life being told to listen, but never how.  Strange, isn’t’ it?  That is, not to mention the art of communicating, for example, writing and speaking.  Considering that typing is where the majority of my thoughts are focused, not knowing how to touch type seems ludicrous to me.  Bear in mind, the context I am using is not about form, rather speed and accuracy.

Hopefully, I am starting to paint a picture of just how much almost everyone can benefit from improving the base skills.  Just imagine for a moment how much more work you could get done if you could read four times faster, type four times faster, or better yet both?  Well, for one thing, it is definitely possible.   I am yet to accomplish the feat, but others say they have.  I’ll be writing in more detail on this topic in the future—when I can say from first-hand experience that I have achieved a noteworthy goal and developed and tested a system for others to do the same.

The foundation skills from my perspective are:

  1. Learning (Listening/Reading)
  2. Communicating (Writing/Speaking)

Improving these skills should be the first priority for the curious mind.

If you want to improve your reading speed, you can read this blog post by Tim Ferriss, Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes.  I did not make a 300% improvement, more like 50% increase in both speed and accuracy without losing any comprehension, it adds up, especially since I subscribe to around 60 RSS feeds and read well over 100 blog post each day.  I am going to take a few more passes at the technique Tim refers to as well.  I will keep you posted.

Do you have any methods for improving your base skills?