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Jul 28, 2019 06:39:06

The 4 Hour Rule

by @basilesamel PATRON | 234 words | 454🔥 | 505💌

Basile Samel

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I noticed the first four hours I spend at work hold 80% of the value I deliver daily. According to Cal Newport's Deep Work, four hours is how long we can get into deep work in one productive day, which ties in my previous statement.

If I want to have an optimal day at work, I have to complete my most important tasks during the first four hours. No Youtube, no music, no mindless browsing, no one to disturb me, only focused work. I call it my 4 Hour Rule.

I now have five micro-habits I need to get done to consider it a day: writing 200 words, reading enough to deliver 200 words in notes, push one commit to my code base, answer all support requests, and send a personal email to five users about how to improve 200 Words a Day.

I wake up, I sit down at the computer with a cup of coffee and I start getting those five things done as quickly as possible. It's a race against time, there is none to lose during those four hours. 

I can take it slower once the time is up. In a sense, my work day is four hour long. That's how I'm able to not take days off in my delivery schedule without burning out.

The number 4 is considered bad luck in China, maybe I should make it 3 instead?

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    @basilesamel What's this personal email to five users about how to improve 200WAD??

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Aug 07, 2019 18:21:39
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      @brandonwilson I pick 5 random users in the database who never wrote before and try to figure out why :P

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Aug 08, 2019 05:29:14
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    @basilesamel interesting, but I think the important thing is to have un-interrupt 4 hours to do that?

    Knight avatar Knight | Aug 07, 2019 07:22:55
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    @basilesamel I apply this too without realizing it.

    Lyn Erso avatar Lyn Erso | Jul 30, 2019 19:47:06
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    @basilesamel - or just don't move to China

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 28, 2019 08:05:22
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    @basilesamel wow we're reading the same books! What coincidence. Deep Work is next on my reading list after Rework. Quite true about the first 4h being 80% of best work of the day. Anything else about Deep Work that surprised you?

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 28, 2019 20:35:19
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      @jasonleow not sure, I read it 2/3 years ago! I'm gonna re-read it soon.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 28, 2019 14:40:57
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      @basilesamel cool. let's compare notes

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 28, 2019 20:48:49
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    @basilesamel Haha... you can also consider to make it 5 and do more things.

    Piglet avatar Piglet | Jul 28, 2019 18:47:38
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      @piglet My work day is not 4 hour long, that's not what I wrote.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 28, 2019 12:50:19
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