EP 4: Being Busy vs. Minimum Viable Effort

  • Working as little as possible, without being lazy.
  • Increasing your hourly output.
  • Taking control of your time in general.
  • Controlling who can request your time.
  • Being able to reject people's requests for protecting your time.
  • Communicating the value of your time so that your team doesn't waste it.

In the early 2000s, most professionals in the technology / online / digital space were constantly saying that they are busy. It was part of their identity and if someone wasn't using that, they seemed unprofessional.

In recent years, the trend of "being always busy" has been replaced by a far more interesting trend: the "minimum viable effort". Basically, the focus is on the complete opposite of the busy trend, and the objective is to be as productive as you can in the shortest possible amount of time.

The ultimate focus is on protecting your time without saying that you are busy or being busy necessarily.

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