Produtivity boosting tips from the masters
HBR has a neat little interview with two productivity masters – David Allen & Tony Schwartz. Some titbits:
- Your head is for having ideas, not holding them
- 90% of people check their email as soon as they get into work. That turns their agenda over to someone else. They do it because it’s easy—you can feel more effective in a shorter time by answering e-mails. It also feels good to be wanted, and e-mails affirm that people want you.
- Another ritual I have is to always do the most important task of the day first thing in the morning, when I’m most rested and least distracted.
If you haven’t read David Allen, then stop reading and go and buy his Getting Things Done book right now. It’s worth its weight in gold. I haven’t read any of Tony Schwartz’s books, but this one looks like his seminal work.