First of all, the book was a real smack for a technology professional such as myself. The author successfully mixed humor and lessons. He starts by explaining how technology has evolved and conquered us instead of us conquering it.
Stever Robbins suggested 9 steps to work less and do more which are
- Live and work in purpose
- Stop Procrastinating (ouch!)
- Conquer your technology
- Cultivate focus
- Stay organized
- Don't waste time
- Build stronger relationships
When you've identified your ultimate goals and the subgoals, you got to act appropriately to your goals. This is making sure that your efforts are working towards your goals. For example, if I wanted to achieve high traffic for this blog, I make that as my ultimate goal and break them down into subgoals and then act on that appropriately (i.e. make sure my efforts are still alined with my goals). As for blogging, achieving high traffic would probably include proactive commenting on several related blogs, forum, seo, article writing, etc.
"When you feel dissatisfied, or when you’re working too hard, the problem could be a mismatch between your goals and actions. ~ Stever Robbins"
"Getting better at doing the right thing is the key to working less and doing more. ~ Stever Robbins"
The second chapter tackles our favorite past time... Procrastination! In this chapter, Mr Stever talk about the causes of procrastination and how to combat them. He suggests things like make a task a habit, offer yourself rewards or punishments, make other people help you, and working on smaller tasks to finish up a big one. Stuff like that... I'm actually putting them into action as I write this post as I procrastinated for about a week to finish this post.
Overall, the first two chapters of the book was excellent and totally invaluable. I thought I was helping Stever by writing this post, but instead... He helped me by making the first two chapters of his books FREE! The first two chapters was enough to keep myself in check. I'm dying right now to read the full version of the book. I'm sure that if you ever get your hands on the first two chapters you'll be hungry for more. I never imagined that our goals have a direct effect on our time or time management. Stever Robbins has successfully delivered this in his book. You can download the PDF version of the first two chapters here. To get the remaining chapters, be sure to purchase his book!