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Four Hours


  • Do not do list
    • Do not answer calls from unrecognized phone numbers
    • Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night
    • Do not agree to meetings or calls with no clear agenda or end time
    • Do not let people ramble
    • Do not check e-mail constantly—“batch” and check at set times only
    • Do not over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers
    • Do not work more to fix overwhelm—prioritize
    • Do not carry a cellphone or Crackberry 24/7
    • Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should
    • Do not read newspapers or watch TV news
    • Do not associate with the people who perpetuate and enable bad habits (complaining, not changing)
    • Do not do something “for as long as it takes” — decide beforehand how much time you’re going to spend
    • Do not do anything yourself that you can pay someone else to do less than you make per hour.
    • Do not spend a lot of time with people lacking integrity (promise breakers).

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