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How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day - Ron Friedman. If you’re working in the kitchen of Anthony Bourdain, legendary chef of Brasserie Les Halles, best-selling author, and famed television personality, you don’t dare so much as boil hot water without attending to a ritual that’s essential for any self-respecting chef: mise-en-place.

How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day - Ron Friedman

The “Meez,” as professionals call it, translates into “everything in its place.” In practice, it involves studying a recipe, thinking through the tools and equipment you will need, and assembling the ingredients in the right proportion before you begin. It is the planning phase of every meal—the moment when chefs evaluate the totality of what they are trying to achieve and create an action plan for the meal ahead.

For the experienced chef, mise-en-place represents more than a quaint practice or a time-saving technique. It’s a state of mind. “Mise-en-place is the religion of all good line cooks,” Bourdain wrote in his runaway bestseller Kitchen Confidential. Real Working Hours. We live in an hour-centric society.

Real Working Hours

Everything is measured in units of time – children go to school to learn for a certain number of hours. Millions of people are employed on a per-hour basis. Professionals show up for work for a set number of hours. And when asked how to produce results, the default is to “put in more hours”. No one is immune to this – it’s the default mindset that modern-day society has instilled in us. Hours are a Bad Measure of Results Truth time: the number of hours we put into something has no correlation to the amount of work actually done, or the amount of “value” produced by that work.

One of the most important productivity concepts is the idea of separating outcomes from output. If you work 9-5 in an office, it doesn’t mean that you’re sitting there working for 8 hours straight. This equally applies to those of us who work from home. The question is – what can we do to minimize the impact of all this on our productivity? Get the Most For Your Time 1. 14 Ways to Fix Your Out-of-Control Schedule and Maximize Productivity. From smart calendar apps to some obvious (but often overlooked) scheduling hacks, you can bend your daily calendar to your will -- and still leave time for play and family.

14 Ways to Fix Your Out-of-Control Schedule and Maximize Productivity

But it does require that you focus, commit to a process and set aside real time for yourself. We asked 14 founders from Young Entrepreneur Council to share their best tips for getting a handle on that never-ending to-do list. 1. Section Off Your Day and Week Find ways to actually divide your day and week into zones. -- Arjun Arora, ReTargeter 2. The app EasilyDo is like a personal assistant. -- Brittany Hodak, ZinePak 3. I've found that if I don't block out time for personal things like working out, eating clean food, etc., my days gets filled up with other "last minute" things. -- Patrick Conley, Automation Heroes 4.

Even if a task doesn't have a deadline (but you need to get it done), tackle it in one to two sessions rather than returning repeatedly. -- Andrew Fayad, eLearning Mind. 12 Habits Of Productive People, by The Huffington Post. Wish you wasted less time and got more done?

12 Habits Of Productive People, by The Huffington Post

Welcome to the club. So why is it, then, when we mean well and are focused on the task at hand, we can still manage to get bogged down by things like emails and weekly reports? The key to being productive is knowing your priorities, notes Robert Pozen, a senior lecturer of business administration at Harvard Business School. He's also the former president of Fidelity and executive chairman of MFS Investment Management, author of "Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours," and teaches courses on maximizing personal productivity.

Being "productive means getting a lot done relative to something. We asked Pozen and Adam Grant, a professor of management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and author of "Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success," to share the secret habits of productive people -- so you can become one too. 15 Tactics That Will Double Your Productivity In No Time. Want to learn how to double your productivity right away?

15 Tactics That Will Double Your Productivity In No Time

This is going to be the right place, so stay with me and learn these 15 tactics that will boost your effectiveness and efficiency in your work and life… I’m going to share with you 5 action steps that you can take during the morning, the afternoon and the evening time each. So you can apply them accordingly and test out their effectiveness yourself. Here are the 15 tactics: The Morning Tactics 1. I learned this technique from Eban Pagan. 2. Again, this is a pretty common tactic, but most people never really follow through. 3. Never underestimate the importance of having a good and healthy breakfast. 4. Most people don’t have time for this because they wake up late.