Ari Meisel is an 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. He’s appeared in The New York Times, Mashable, the Huffington Post and TED. Ari had to work his way up to get where he is now. At the age of 23 he was diagnosed with an incurable chronic condition called Crohn’s disease. His work Less Doing, More Living is the result of his journey of back to health by optimizing, automating and outsourcing everything in his life. Ari says: “For any challenge, the first thing to do is optimize it.”
The disease was the point when Ari started to take his health seriously. After 4 months of self-experimentation and self-tracking he was able to get off of his meds, and 3 months after he was competing for his first triathlon. The complete recovery from Crohn’s disease as well as brilliant career as a productivity coach demonstrates the power of Less Doing.
Ari emphasizes 9 elements of the Less Doing system:
- The 80/20 rule or Pareto’s law
- Creating an external brain
- Choose your own work week
- Stop running errands
Ari also shares some productivity hacks, that helped him to get more done. For example, he recommends to identify your prime time, the 90 minutes time of the day when you are most productive. You are up to 100 times more effective than any other time of the day. The key is to know when exactly that time is, and apply it in your work.
Here’s how you calculate your peak time: you measure your energy level for at least 3 weeks and observe the time when it spikes. Your “biological prime time” is the time of the day when you have the most energy, and therefore the greatest potential to be productive.
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