I am reading this book as part of the 12 Books reading group. I am sharing my answers to questions that the author raises throughout the book. The first chapter is about Improvement and Pacing – Building and Sustaining Habits That Lead to Productivity. The author defines working smarter as sustainability, consistency and pacing. His definition of sustainability is to be able to maintain at a certain rate or speed. Pacing is defined as the level you need to set at the beginning of each day to finish your work on time, on budget and “on purpose”. The rest of the chapter deals with how to reset your pace. The first exercise is to take inventory of what you do by 10:00 a.m. The second exercise is to list the tools or assistance you use to get things done. The final inventory in the chapter focuses on the things you could do to relax, rejuvenate and reinvest yourself.
Here I will address the final inventory:
- Go for walk.
- Play golf.
- Watch the Yankees.
- Watch a movie.
- Spend quality time with my wife.
- Work on my model trains.
- Play with the cats (my office assistants).
- Visit Washington, D.C.
- Go out for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- Spend time with friends.
- Listen to relaxing music.
What is on your list?