LEARN TO FORCE MULTIPLY
In the past 12 months I’ve used the principle of “deloading” to decrease my anxiety at least 50 per cent while simultaneously doubling my income. Deloading for business, in my case, consists of strategically taking my foot off the gas. I alternate intense periods of batching similar tasks (recording podcasts, clearing the inbox, writing blog posts, handling accounting, etc.) with extended periods of unplugging and mucking around. This frees up bandwidth and restores me. If you want to create or be anything bigger, better or truly different, you need room to ask “what if?” without a conference call in 15 minutes. I schedule deloading phases a few ways: roughly 8 to 9am every day for journalling; 9am to 1pm every Wednesday for creative output; and “screen-free Saturdays”, when I don’t use my laptop and use my phone only for mapping and coordinating with friends via text (no apps). You must schedule and defend deloading blocks more strongly than business commitments. The former can be a force multiplier for the latter, but not vice-versa.