How super successful, super busy entrepreneurs get more done in one week … than most people get done in a whole year! (Part 3 of 3)
Ok, so far we’ve covered 7 incredible productivity tips from some of the most successful people in the world … so let’s wrap up this series with the last 5.
8. Set up email rules to maintain sanity. The founders of Birchbox, Katia Beauchamp and Haley Barna, insist that team members indicate when they need a response by in all emails, which sounds simple, but helps with prioritizing.
If you really want to get fanatical with this, I suggest you read “The 4 Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss. He has email management down to such a refined science and system that he only checks his email once a week!
9. Capture all creative ideas. World-renowned scientist Dr. Linus Pauling once said, “The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” I totally agree. But that’s not the main challenge in my opinion. It’s capturing those ideas … and then acting on them.
Evernote is a great online tool for collecting ideas and overall organization. And if you prefer a more ‘old school’ approach, why not just keep a pen with you at all times, or have a recording device ready whenever you’re driving. You just never know when inspiration strikes, so always be prepared!
10. Increase your effectiveness through technology. I’m definitely not a techie, but I do work with a few and I’ve actually incorporated some time-saving technology tools myself.
Here's a few that can help you be more effective in increasing productivity, some of which are free:
- Dropbox allows you to store files online.
- You can conduct a webinar with AnyMeeting.
- BaseCamp is great for project management.
- Trello can help with keeping track of projects and deadlines.
11. Don't lose it: Read it later. Don't miss out on important information because you're in a rush and have no time to read. Remember, leaders are readers.
You’ll find a handy tool for managing your reading time at Getpocket.com, which allows you to put articles, videos and any other information into a virtual pocket, which is saved directly from any website.
12. Learn from others. If you’re truly serious about becoming a master at time management and productivity, two books I strongly recommend are Getting Things Done by David Allen and The No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs by Dan S. Kennedy.
So there you have it … 12 productivity secrets from some of the world’s most productive and successful people.
I know we’ve covered a lot of ground over the past few weeks and there’s a lot to learn and absorb. But if you’re truly serious about making things happen and getting stuff done, this is honestly where the rubber meets the road.
Mastering time is one of the most important skills you could ever develop!