The next time you’re in a party where the music is loud and you cant hear the conversation you’re participating in, lean forward with your right ear. Studies conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles found that our ears are crossed with the two halves of our brains.
It’s a well known fact that the left brain processes speech and logic while the right brain is more musical and emotional.
Well, the right ear is connected to the left brain and therefore processes speech much better than the left ear which is more attuned to harmony (music).
When a friend mentioned that he hired a virtual assistant to do some of his chores of him, I wondered how a virtual assistant can possibly help a lay person like him. But he gets someone “in the cloud” as we don’t know where this person is, most likely in India as their written English is quite good, to update his blog 5 times per week, and other ad-hoc errands like talking to the people on Fitbit to change the color of replacement strap they sent him.
He subscribes to TimeSvr’s personal plan at USD69/month. Apparently they can’t do your laundry but they can do most online and customer service related errands for you. TimeSvr can help you make arrangements to send flowers to your spouse on your anniversary, help plan the best plane schedule for your family’s (with grandma) round the world trip, find your missing UPS package and so forth.
TimeSvr also offers a business solution but for you and me, the USD69/month all-inclusive option is adequate.
What’s the catch?
The task must be something that can be completed within 15 minutes. If it takes more time, you can buy some extra time packets. So you get the drift.
Now if you want TimeSvr to write your next school essay for you, that’s possible but when it sounds a little Indianish, don’t blame TimeSvr!
“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.”
~H. L. Hunt
This advise was given by Warren Buffett, one of the richest man in the world, to his pilot who has been flying him around the world for the past 10 years.
When the pilot asked Warren on how he manages to get things done, this was what Warren said:
List down 25 things you would like to do.
Circle the top 5 things that are most important to you.
Break the list to two: one has your top 5 items, the other has the balance 20 items.
Now make plans on how to achieve each item in your top 5 list. These plans should be concrete, step by step items.
The other list with the balance 20 items becomes your AVOID AT ALL COST items. Dont touch them until you have reached your top 5 goals.
The secret in his method is not in choosing what to do. It’s choosing what not to do. This is where everyone errs. We try to juggle and dissipate our energy over so many things that we achieve average results in everything. High performance people focus on only a handful of items and excel in them.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is how Warren Buffett achieves his goals in life, don’t you think it might work for you?