Learn How to be more productive
by Eamonn J. Percy, CEO, The Percy Group
I wrote down 100 of my best productivities tips, put it into a book, self published it and it has become an Amazon Best Seller.
by Marc Zao-Sanders
Recommended by Adam Dipinto, Software Developer at Agreement Express
I'm currently using a technique called timeboxing where I will block slots of my day into specific tasks. These tasks are color coordinated (Exercise - blue, Personal - red, Tech - orange, Project - Purple) and allows me to better designate my time to different tasks I'd like to take care of.
The 1-3-5 System
Recommended by Georgiy Sekretaryuk, Communications & Marketing Manager at BC Chamber of Commerce
1 Key Task
This is the 1 single task that MUST be completed to drive forward the vision and personal goals. This 1 task is the key task that is most important and has the most drastic effect.
3 Medium Tasks
After completing the 1 key task, I have 3 tasks of secondary importance that need to get done for the day. If a task is left incomplete, it is re-assessed the following day relative to other To-Dos, and is either moved up to become the Key Task or remains as the Medium Task.
5 Minor Tasks
Finally, these are the 5 minor tasks that are the "final victory run" for the day, or can be pushed up a day if I cannot get them done. The following day these are re-assessed and either adjusted/removed from the list, or moved up to medium importance.
How to Actually, Truly Focus on What You’re Doing
by Tim Herrera
Recommended by James Raymond, Manager - Research & Analysis at Vancouver Economic Commission
Here’s what my browser generally looks like: work email in the left-most tab, always open. TweetDeck in the next one, always open. A few Google Docs tabs with projects I’m working on, followed by my calendar, Facebook, YouTube, this publication’s website and about 10 stories I want to read — along with whatever random shiny thing comes across my desktop. (Not to mention my iPhone constantly nagging me, though I’ve mostly fixed that problem.)
This is no way to work! It’s awful, and my attention is divided across a dozen different things. My situation is far from unique, and most people who do most of their work on a computer know it all too well.
Enter “deep work,” a concept coined by one of my favorite thinkers in this space, Cal Newport. He published a book in 2016 by that name, and in it he details his philosophy and strategy for actually focusing on the things we can do and accomplish.
1. Choose a task you'd like to get done
Something big, something small, something you’ve been putting off for a million years: it doesn’t matter. What matters is that it’s something that deserves your full, undivided attention.
2. Set the Pomodoro for 25 minutes
Make a small oath to yourself: I will spend 25 minutes on this task and I will not interrupt myself. You can do it! After all, it’s just 25 minutes.
3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings
Immerse yourself in the task for the next 25 minutes. If you suddenly realize you have something else you need to do, write the task down on a sheet of paper.
4. When the Pomodoro rings, put a checkmark on a paper
Congratulations! You’ve spent an entire, interruption-less Pomodoro on a task.
5. Take a short break on a paper
Breathe, meditate, grab a cup of coffee, go for a short walk or do something else relaxing (i.e., not work-related). Your brain will thank you later.
6. Every 4 pomodoros, take a longer break on a paper
Once you’ve completed four pomodoros, you can take a longer break. 20 minutes is good. Or 30. Your brain will use this time to assimilate new information and rest before the next round of Pomodoros.
Recommended by Roger Patterson, CEO, Co-Founder, Later.com
You only have one life
We only have one life to live and life is too short so take the opportunity to live.
Don’t miss out
We get too caught up on the daily grind, too caught up on trying to figure out things like productivity or purpose that one misses the most beautiful aspects of being human - life and death.
For me best approach to productivity - don't worry about it so much and just live.
Live your truth, be of service to others, do good in the world - do what makes you most happy and do the best you can.
Laughter goes a long way.
If life, wellness, and death, are not going to increase your productivity - I really don't know what else could!
Meharoona Ghani, Community Engagement & Diversity Specialist. Public Speaker & Spoken Word Artist, TEDxEastVan Speaker
Create a Daily Dashboard
Create a daily dashboard that summarizes key clients, pursuits, deals, and training all on one sheet.
Review it daily usually 2 – 4 times a day, to keeps you on task and reminds you what is important
Measure results in key areas such as biz dev calls, meeting, mandates and transactions.
This keeps you productive discouraging any activities that are not productive and keeps you accountable.
Perry Gorgounis, Sales Associate, CBRE Limited
Top 10 Elon Musk Productivity Secrets for Insane Success
by Dan Silvestre
Recommended by Elaine Lee, Business Travel Coordinator, Reservations at Fairmont Waterfront
I read Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future over the summer. It’s a fantastic read and a detailed account of the ups and downs of one of the biggest visionaries of our time.
It also gives you a sneak peek into Musk’s work ethic and productivity secrets he uses to run multiple companies.
Now, Elon Musk is a smarter than average individual with an enormous ambition and drive. But I think that us–mere mortals–can incorporate some of his productivity secrets into our daily lives.