To win at something often means failing
somewhere else. Pick 3 battles, no more.
… Pick 3.”
– Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook
Spending time with family
Building a great company
Know what you don’t do. Keep a "No Thanks" list.
Over time, this list should grow.
DO DON T DO
Redefine productivity. It’s not about how much
you get done, it’s about the impact you’re having.
Don't confuse motion and progress.
A rocking horse keeps moving but
doesn't make any progress.
– Alfred Montapert, Author
Don't let fear drive you. Don’t get hung up on
perfection; you’re wasting valuable time.
Work finally begins when the fear of
doing nothing exceeds the fear of
doing it badly.
– Alain de Botton, Author
When tired, we focus on low value, less important
tasks. Start your day with the most important work.
NOT IMPORTANT &
The beginning is where you need motivation the
most. Get working… worry about quality later.
‘Worse is better’ gets the ball rolling.
– Tom Lehman, Rap Genius Founder
Remove outside distractions. You can
fully focus when your personal life is worry-free.
Be regular and orderly in your life, so
that you may be violent and original
in your work.
– Gustave Flaubert, Author
Keep hitting the same nail. Invest in activities that
impact both your personal and professional lives.
Align your professional and personal
goals for maximum efficiency.
– Chris Guillebeau, World-Traveller
Roll with the punches. If it takes more than 20 mins
to get started, change task. Momentum is key.
Separate strategic and tactical thinking to focus
on execution. Only think about the task at hand.
It's like walking on a tightrope. If you
think you're high and you look down, you
start wobbling. If you look up, you start
wobbling. If you just look ahead, and
focus on the task and what you need to
do, you tend to do things the right way.
– Guy Boucher, Ice Hockey Coach
Divide your week into work objectives. 1 objective
per day to fully wrap your head around it.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
« Timebox » everything. Good decisions
often get made with less time, not more.
5PM - Vacations… Gotta Go4PM - Budget Approval
Split projects and tasks into smaller projects.
Force momentum. Shorten cycle time.
Long projects zap morale. The
longer it takes to build, the less
likely it is to launch.
– Jason Fried, Basecamp Founder
Find a focused group to work with. Surrounding
yourself with productive & focused people helps.
Work-life balance is about how we approach things.
If something feels like work, treat it as such.
10:35 AM 8:42 PM
There most likely is a better way of
doing things. Get some time to think.
Scheduling at 80% produces better
products. Scheduling people at
100% doesn’t give space to think of
– Productivity study
Take care of communications (or don’t).
Acquiring and re-acquiring context eats time.
If a communication can be taken
care of rapidly, do it. That way, you
won't have to touch the same thing
– Mark Goldstein, 26 Time Hacks
Keep your eyes on the real prize. Focus on the
objectives, not the tasks. Keep them in sight.
The most important thing is to make
sure that the most important thing
remains the most important thing.
– Zita Cobb, Social Entrepreneur
Product Design & Marketing Consultant // Author
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