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Read This Google Email About Time Management Strategy. Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 Leadership stories of 2015.

Read This Google Email About Time Management Strategy

See the full list here. I recently wrote an email to our team that posed a simple challenge in time management. Kill these Productivity Killers at Your Workplace. You must have seen those videos of assembly lines at factories.

Kill these Productivity Killers at Your Workplace

A continuous flow of perfectly crafted, identical looking items flowing across the shop floor almost as if by magic. How to Be More Productive and Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities by Using the 'Eisenhower Box'  Dwight Eisenhower lived one of the most productive lives you can imagine.

How to Be More Productive and Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities by Using the 'Eisenhower Box' 

Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States, serving two terms from 1953 to 1961. During his time in office, he launched programs that directly led to the development of the Interstate Highway System in the United States, the launch of the Internet (DARPA), the exploration of space (NASA), and the peaceful use of alternative energy sources (Atomic Energy Act). Before becoming president, Eisenhower was a five-star general in the United States Army, served as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II, and was responsible for planning and executing invasions of North Africa, France, and Germany.

At other points along the way, he served as President of Columbia University, became the first Supreme Commander of NATO, and somehow found time to pursue hobbies like golfing and oil painting. Urgent and important (tasks you will do immediately). Essential Time-Management Hacks. David J. Anderson (Kanban) on limiting, delivering, selecting, & scheduling work in progress, LKNA15. 70% of Time Could Be Used Better - How the Best CEOs Get the Most Out of Every Day. The average tech CEO works about 300 days a year, 14 hours a day.

70% of Time Could Be Used Better - How the Best CEOs Get the Most Out of Every Day

That’s 4,200 hours a year. The stats for most other tech leaders and startup employees aren’t too far off. It sounds like a lot of time, but for most, it’s not enough. Nearly 30% of that time gets sunk into email. Another third gets spent in meetings — and studies show that half of those hours are completely wasted. How to Scale Yourself and Get More Done Than You Thought Possible. The following is a detailed write-up of a popular productivity talk delivered by Scott Hanselman.

How to Scale Yourself and Get More Done Than You Thought Possible

Visit his blog, hanselman.com, for more productivity tips. "Don't worry, just drop the ball. " This counterintuitive advice is one of a dozen-plus productivity practices preached by Scott Hanselman, a program manager at Microsoft, author and avid blogger and speaker. Sign Up. How to destroy Programmer Productivity. The following image about programmer productivity is making its rounds on the internet: As Homer Simpson might say, it’s funny because it’s true.

How to destroy Programmer Productivity

I haven’t figured out the secret to being productive yet, largely because I have never been consistently productive. Ever. The Origin of the 8-Hour Work Day and Why We Should Rethink It. One of the most unchanged elements of our life today is our optimal work time or how long we should work – generally, every person I’ve spoken to quotes me something close to 8 hours a day.

The Origin of the 8-Hour Work Day and Why We Should Rethink It

And data seems to confirm that: The average American works 8.8 hours every day. At least, those are the official statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: And yet, for most of us it is obvious that knowing how long the average person works every day has little to do with how efficient or productive that pattern is. At least, that is what I personally found for my own productivity. So what’s the the right hourly rate? With success stories from people working 4 hours a week, to 16 hours a day, it’s hard to know if there is an optimal amount. Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work. 30 Things You Need To Stop Wasting Time On. The modern world is fast paced and time often seems to slip by with us barely noticing.

30 Things You Need To Stop Wasting Time On

It’s for that reason that it’s important that we don’t spend time or attention on things that are frivolous, negative or just plan stupid. The Importance of Punctuality. The life of George Washington was characterized by a scrupulous regard for punctuality.

The Importance of Punctuality

When he asked a man to bring by some horses he was interested in buying at five in the morning, and the man arrived fifteen minutes late, he was told by the stable groom that the general had been waiting there at five, but had now moved on to other business, and that he wouldn’t be able to examine the horses again until the following week.

The Single Most Important Habit of Successful Entrepreneurs. In his book No B.S.

The Single Most Important Habit of Successful Entrepreneurs

Notes on "i am not busy" The not telling people “I am busy” plan. I’ve been working on this plan for a while now. I just added it to my daily Lift habits so I thought I would write about it. When I first started working in tech I regularly worked 10 to 14 hour days. I’d be home by midnight, sleep, get up, shower, and drive back into work.