Work Less, Achieve More: The Battery-Life Work Day Experiment

If you spend a lot of time online for work-related reasons, then you know that online time can eat up your entire day.

You can waste a lot of time doing social networking, emails, reading blogs & news, and other stuff, and forget about the important tasks you need to finish in your work day.

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In the Midway Simplicity book, Leo Babauta of Zen Habits said, “If you limit the container, then you have to make choices”.

That’s a great time management tip!

For example, if you limit your online time for 3 hours a day, then you will have to decide wisely on how you are going to spend your online time and focus on the important tasks first.

Setting limits is a great way to simplify your time and life, and achieving what is most important to you.

John Maeda, author of The Laws of Simplicity, says, “With more constraints better solutions are revealed. With only 14 minute of charge left on my laptop right now, I find that indeed much more can get done than when the power is fully connected and freely available.”

That quote stretched my mind in a BIG way.

For the first time I realize that with more constrains you are not only forced to choose wisely, but also to look for better solutions to do things easier, simpler or faster than you are used to.

The laptop charge metaphor triggered my thinking to start an exciting experiment.

I call it…

“The Battery-Life Work Day”

I decided that every day over the next month, I will only work on my laptop until the battery charge is depleted.

This means that I am allowed to work around 3.5 hours a day on my laptop. After that, I may spend the rest of the day on personal stuff, exercising, spending quality time with family and friends, building solid business connections, reading, or any other activities that don’t require using my laptop.

I believe that setting this limit for my online business will reveal a lot of smarter solutions to run my business with higher effectiveness and productivity. It will also help me focus more on the important tasks that will lead to greater results.

What about you?

What limit are you going to set for yourself today, so that you can find smarter solutions and focus on the most important tasks in your life and business?


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10 Responses to Work Less, Achieve More: The Battery-Life Work Day Experiment

  1. Missy Homemaker October 1, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    As a newer blogger, I find this to be excellent advice. I often find myself sitting at my computer for the better part of the day and not making any more headway than I had the day before. I will be implementing this immediately.

  2. April October 1, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Great idea to set a “battery life” limit on online time. Currently I’m not very mindful of how much time I’m wasting on the internet–hard to justify when I say I don’t have time for other (more important) things. Thanks Mohamed! Great tips as always.

    • Mohamed Tohami October 18, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

      Thanks April. In fact, this tip will help you work much less and achieve much more.

  3. Vivienne Johnson October 5, 2013 at 2:54 am #

    I was inspired to write a comment when I saw the quote from Leo Babauta, “If you limit the container, then you have to make choices”.

    This is exactly my experience when we decided as a family that we didn’t need a larger home we just had to get rid of all the ‘things’ in our house that were cluttering us up.

    My inspiration came from the Hobbit House in Wales, which is beautiful and tiny! Every item that was in our house we looked at and thought ‘if I moved to the Hobbit House would I take it with me?’

    I have come to value space and calm more than owning objects. Your blog on working less has reminded me that I now have to have a similar attitude to time.

    • Mohamed Tohami October 18, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

      I like that Vivienne! “Value space and calm more than owning objects” Thanks a lot for sharing your insightful thought.

  4. Laura July 14, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    O wow interesting advice. I’m going to use that to control my computer time or I’ll spend 8 hours on the computer doing nothing at all/wasting time. Thanks, I’m going to try it out right away!

    • Mohamed Tohami July 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

      Thanks Laura, I’m glad you find this tip useful.


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