what super productive people do differently

Leadership tip of week #138 from HBR

It can feel like 24 hours isn’t enough time in the day, and all the productivity hacks in the world won’t change that. Here are four proven strategies to help you make the most of your limited time.

  1. Batch your emails and meetings. It’s hard to get into flow when you know you’re going to be interrupted every hour. By knocking out all your emails or meetings at once, you’ll clear out some undisturbed time to work on deep-focus tasks.
  2. Do your best to learn some keyboard shortcuts that can reduce how much you rely on your computer’s mouse and trackpad. This may seem like a small thing, but over time, it makes a huge difference.
  3. Nudge your way to better behaviour: Leverage your environment to change your self-destructive habits. If you’re losing time because you’re distracted by your phone throughout the day, leave it in another room. If emails are derailing your workflow, pause notifications.
  4. Read your work out loud. No matter what your job is, chances are you write at least one email per day. Listening to the words you put down on paper will speed up and clarify your writing process.

This tip is adapted from “What Super Productive People Do Differently,” by Amantha Imber

Author: Andrew Mann

Managing Partner at NorthBailey. Having had senior marketing & insight roles at Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Coop and M&S, I'm now using my experience & network to solve strategic marketing problems for NorthBailey clients

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