productivity tip

Tim Ferriss is an American entrepreneur, angel investor and widely-recognised productivity guru.

He’s also the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of three books – ‘The 4 Hour Work Week,’ the ‘4 Hour Chef’ and the ‘4 Hour Body’.

The titles alone make it pretty clear that Tim is a productive guy, and luckily for us, he likes teaching people how to be the same way.

These 9 productivity tips found on Tim’s blog at his website ( is a unique perspective on how to eliminate distraction and cram more work into your day by eliminating bad habits rather than creating more distractions.

As readers of his books can attest, Tim is passionate leveraging technology and automating tasks that don’t need to be done by hand, which we think fits in pretty neatly with our mantra at Xero.

Make sure to check out the blog post and start implementing some of these tips today – your business will thank you for it!

Tim’s ‘Not-To-Do’ List: 

  1. Do not answer calls from unrecognised phone numbers.
  2. Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
  3. Do not agree to meetings or calls with no clear agenda or end time.
  4. Do not let people ramble.
  5. Do not check e-mail constantly — “batch” and check at set times only.
  6. Do not over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers.
  7. Do not work more to fix overwhelm — prioritise.
  8. Do not carry a smartphone or digital device 24/7.
  9. Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should.


For the full explanation behind each of these ‘not-to-do’s’ check out Tim’s full blog post at the link below.

Read the full post here.