What should you do if you are a business person?

Timothy Ferriss, author of the best-seller “The 4-hour workweek: escape 9–5, live anywhere, and join the new rich”, shares secrets of success and extraordinary productivity.

The expert created a list of habits for business people. Let’s have a look!

1. Ignore calls from unknown numbers

There are several reasons why. Firstly, you can lose concentration by getting distracted from your work. Secondly, an unexpected but important conversation can take you by surprise. In this case, voicemail will help you out! The caller will most likely introduce himself and briefly describe the matter, so you will be able to get ready for the conversation in advance.

2. Don't check the e-mail first thing in the morning or the last thing before going to bed

According to Mr. Ferriss, checking your e-mail right after waking up can spoil your mood and plans for the whole day, as well as checking it before going to sleep can disturb your sleep. The expert states that: “e-mail can wait until 10 am.” And what do we say to e-mailing when your working day is over? Right, we say “No, no, no”

3. Deny meetings and calls off the agenda or end time

This is a matter of effective time management. If there are specific questions to discuss and you have already agreed on the duration of the meeting or the call, the dialogue will be more productive. Ideally, a meeting or call should not last more than half an hour.

4. Don’t let others waste your time

Mr Ferriss believes that "small talk takes up big time." It is sad, but true. If possible, kindly ask people to postpone non-working conversations for non-working time. Of course, you should always analyze the context of the situation, but in most cases people who just want to share their plans for the weekend can wait.

5. Stop checking your e-mail all the time

Nowadays, too many people are e-mail addicts. Of course, they can try to keep it cool by saying that promptitude is above all. But if you check your inbox only 2-3 times a day, you will soon notice you're making good use of your time. As for Mr. Ferriss, he goes for twice a day and he is more than happy.

6. Sort out your priorities

"If you don't have time, the truth is you don't have priorities, so think harder, don't work harder," he says. Lack of time is often the result of poor time management and an unsuccessful – or even missing – priority assignment. Make a list of important tasks and don’t put them off. First things first! And don’t forget to add a decent rest to your daily plan: less sleep and more working hours won’t boost your productivity.

7. Forget about your smartphone every once in a while

Generally, each of us is chained to a "digital leash": it is hard to imagine a person without a smartphone nowadays. That's why Mr. Ferriss recommends to put it aside at least once a week and do something useful and nice. Are you stressed to even think about it? Then, this piece of advice might deserve your full attention.

8. Work to live, do not live to work

Of course, you need to devote yourself to your business, but you shouldn’t forget about your loved ones. Even the busiest person can find half an hour in his busy schedule to have breakfast with his family, play hide-and-seek with his children on the playground or tell them a bedtime story. These are the most precious moments!

We hope that these expert tips will help you! Read more useful and motivational articles.

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