Yikes. Looks like I left it another month since the last installment of A Week in Tokyo. Have completely lost track of time and find myself regularly looking up the current day of week/date/month ^^; What century is this?
Anyway, been constantly thinking about time management. One of the things I constantly try to do is, not to figure out how to do more with my time but how to do less and achieve more impact with what I decide to do - again its the quality of output over quantity of output. Doing more means that everything else gets less attention but being selective about what one does by choosing things that achieve more impact is the key to help free up more time to enjoy the good things in life like breathing in a breeze on an Autumn evening.
By trying out principles like the Pareto Law, you can try to figure out what 20% of your time produces 80% of the impacting results. Then you can try to figure out what noise and tasks are taking up the remaining 80% of your time leaving you with the decision to drop or continue the task or maybe automate it.
Still analyzing my current situation but it seems that the remaining 80% of my time follows the Long Tail where everything else that I do eventually ends up contributing to the big picture albeit in very small amounts. Am constantly (but need to be doing more of) sacrificing the small contributions to life so that I can take a break more often.
I also try to use technology as much as possible to automate workflows and have introduced many time saving techniques to the TV production process that my team currently use - their time saved also means my time saved. Will talk about and share my leanings more in the future.
Company income is barely covering operating costs and has been like that for a while now. This period of continuous low cashflow however has also helped me learn to focus our time/cash and efforts on the big important stuff that build up to significant changes.
First photo taken yesterday in East Tokyo somewhere between Asakusa and Kappa Bashi - will post photos of the area separately.