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#4 Ari Meisel on the Art of Less Doing

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In the fourth episode of Biohacker’s Podcast, Biohacker Teemu Arina interviews Ari Meisel. Ari Meisel is author, speaker, coach and the creator of Less Doing, More Living, a set of practices and principles designed to help the overwhelmed become more effective. Ari is a Crohn’s disease survivor that almost cost his career. Less Doing, More Living is the result of Ari’s journey back to health by optimizing, automating and outsourcing everything in his life. Ari currently lives with his wife and three boys in New York City and spends his days helping others master the life-changing principles of Less Doing. Ari has written the book Less Doing, More Living: Make Everything in Life Easier.

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“What would you do, if you could only work an hour a day?”

Ari Meisel knows like no other what can happen if you do more than your body can take:

“I put my body into a state of fragility and it broke…I was diagnosed with crohn’s disease. I got really, really sick. I have gone from working literally 18 hours a day into a state where I sometimes barely could do an hour of work a day…Very quickly I began to figure out other ways to get work done in that literally hour a day.”

“Less doing” concept that Ari came up with is all about optimization, automation and outsourcing all the things in your life you should not be doing.

“You really need to optimize first and for me optimization really is tracking. It is about quantified self.”

“You need to stop and look at the processes you are going though on a regular basis: the way you are spending your money, amount of sleep you are getting, the amount of time you spend on the phone, the length of emails… everything we do can be quantified.”

When it comes to automation, modern technology offer a lot of possibilities:

“You can take entire processes and automate them with free tools”.

“When you go through optimization and automation, that’s when we only look at outsourcing. And with outsourcing it’s straightforward But once you’ve gone through that process you reduce the ability for the errors and you get it so it can be replicated by anyone else without training.”

Check out the full podcast for incredible insights on how you can actually be more productive by doing less.

Biohacker Podcast guest are always asked to share their most important life lessons. Here’s something from Ari Meisel:

“You have to recognize that 70% of the things that you do  can be done by other people and other things and should be. We need to be in a mindset as we grow that you need to be offloading that stuff every year in order to improve.”

Ari Meisel will be speaking at Biohacker Summit on 24 September 2015.

Tags: Less Doing, Evernote, IFTTT, Zapier, Zirtual, Fancy Hands, Less Doing Virtual Assistants, Boomerang, Yesware

Ari Meisel will be speaking at Biohacker Summit on 24 September 2015.

  • Pirkka Keskinen

    A small (but potentially significant) error in the literation:

    “…you get it so it can’t be replicated by anyone else without training.”

    Should be “can”.

    So, the point is not to make any of it proprietary, but instead available for anyone. Hope this helps.

    Hyvä esiintyminen A-Studiossa :).

 

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