Productivity tips

A recent article in Inc featured the top ‘productivity hacks’ of 13 CEOs and Founders. Here are the tips that I liked best:

Block out one day or two half days when you work on your high-priority items and disable your email, phone and computer network connections.

Follow David Allen’s ‘two-minute rule’: When a new task comes in and you can knock it off in less than two minutes, do so.

Implement ‘No Meeting Wednesdays’ throughout your team.

Make the best use of your desk time. If you’re out and about a lot, ‘out’ is when to check your emails and catch up on reading and phone calls. Switch your phone off when your at your desk and get on with other work.

Move all your Facebook friends to acquaintances. You’ll still get updates, but only the most important ones. This one action could make you 5 to 10 times more productive.

Protect your ‘golden hours’. Work out when you do your best work, treat that time as sacrosanct, and work on your most important and difficult tasks and projects then.

Start your day by doing your least favourite task on your To Do list.

Try to work 2 – 3 hours straight before checking emails if your job allows.

Work with your ultradian rhythms, your body’s natural cycles of 90 to 120 minutes. That’s when your body gives you a clue that you need to rest or change your physical or mental activity. If you don’t, you’re likely to feel tired and stressed.

Discussion questions

Which of these to you fancy trying out?