More productivity, less time

Posted on April 27, 2007


productivityI’m just going to steal this from engtech, who won’t mind.

Go directly to his post 14 tips to get more done in less time.

Do not pass go.

Do not collect $200.

Here’s a sample, with the pathetically cute kitty pix removed:

We forget that time is the only true luxury in life. Being more productive doesn’t make you a better person, the essence of being productive is to put your attention where you get the biggest returns and get more done with less investment of your time. Use that extra time to get more enjoyment out of your life.

Do one thing and get it finished. Putting up barriers between yourself and distractions is one of the simplest habits for getting more done. With multitasking we feel so busy that we fool ourselves into thinking we’re getting more done, but so much time is lost switching between activities.

Minimize interruptions as much as possible. Turn off all email notification (only check for email when you’re taking a break). Forward your phone to voice mail while working. Block your “time wasting” websites when you’re trying to get something done. Disable instant messaging applications.

Prioritize and remove sources of information with little value. Unsubscribe from RSS feeds and email newsletters that give no bang for their buck, and set up quick email filters to delete or de-prioritize the junk that isn’t easy to unsubscribe from. Avoid information overload.

Curb useless information addiction. Most news has no long term value. Mainstream media is bad for focusing on what’s popular versus what is useful, but niche media like blogs are just as bad for focusing on “what’s hot now” instead of “what’s useful tomorrow”.

Take breaks from being “always on”. No internet, no TV, no cellphone, no video games. It does wonders for helping you reconnect with your life.

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