Ferriss’s Law: Spend Less Time On an Activity To Get MORE Done

I recently had a revelation about the way I spend my time.

Previously, I used to spend 5 days a week focused on my clinic.

But since April, I’ve been focusing on this blog, and taking half the time out of the week, for writing and research.

You would think that cutting out half my time would affect the clinic. But it hasn’t at all.

In fact the clinic is doing better now that I spend less time on it, than it did before.

Parkinson’s Law

You may have heard of Parkinson’s Law:

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion

And at first glance, that seems to be relevant here. I was stretching out to 5 days, what actually only needed 2.5 days to do.

But there’s more to it than that.

The clinic is doing better than it was.

Which suggests, not only am I doing the same work in a shorter time, but actually, the restriction of time, has made me spend that time doing better things.

So previously, perhaps, my time was spent on low value activities that took up a lot of my day, but yielded very little.

But with less time available:

– The low yield stuff has gone

– I’m able to double down on the activities that really work

Hence, my results in the business have improved.

The Two Day Workweek?

This fascinates me because we are all so wedded to the idea of the five, six or seven day workweek.

But perhaps, a key to improvement is to give yourself less time to get things done, so that it forces you to focus on what is important.

I think we’ll call it “Ferriss’s Law” (in honor of Tim Ferriss, the author of the Four Hour Workweek):

Spend less time on an activity to get more done

Ferriss’s Law requires that you not just restrict the time available for the task, but evaluate the sub-activities, remove the ones that aren’t working, and double down on the ones that are, hence improving your effectiveness.

So what do you think? Will you be applying Ferriss’s Law to your work life?

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