020: How To Stay Focused & Productive at Work

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 – 53 minutes

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Show Notes

In assessing the habits of history’s most creative minds, we find a similar pattern. Sure, there are productivity tips and tricks, but that’s not where true focus comes from. If I tell you the answer now, it may not be what you want to hear, so you’ll just have to listen in to find out.

  • 11:48 The cruciality of the first few hours.
  • 14:55 Start by accomplishing 3 tasks you already laid out for the day.
  • 15:33 Your breaks will feel more effective as a result, and you’ll be able to bounce back from them easier.
  • 22:48 Procrastination happen when you think you have the freedom to put something off because it’s not mandatory to get it done right away.
  • 23:22 It’s about constraints of time.
  • 24:15 If we simply tell ourselves that something needs to be done “someday” it likely will be unnecessarily delay or often never happen at all.
  • 32:00 Practical Productivity Tips:
    • Know your time wasters.
    • Complete your main tasks first.
    • Give yourself breaks.
    • When you’re working, focus (remove distractions).
    • Enable Airplane mode.
    • User timers.
    • Know your tasks ahead of time and schedule them.
    • Set deadlines for completion.
  • 38:23 It comes down to completing the important tasks up front, so that the rest of your day is made even more productive.
  • 39:05 Once you do the important things at the beginning of your day, completing the secondary tasks during the rest of the day will give you an added sense of accomplishment.

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