15 Tips, tricks and life-hacks for a more productive 2013
Consumed => “11 Productivity Hacks From Super-Productive People” by Erin Schulte on Fast Company.
=> My value add (i.e., left a comment)…
Here’s four more:
12) Avoid multi-tasking. It’s over-rated.
13) Also avoid anything that can be distracting but might not seems as such. For example, lately I’ve found that even background talk radio (read: NPR) can be enough to divert me in subtle but measurable ways. Music seems doable as long as it’s out of immediate reach (i.e., not in the browser where I can be tempted). My point is, you can easily pin-prick your brain / attention to death with too many micro-distractions.
14) The same applies to emails…they breed. Send one you get at least one. Send zero, you’re not likely to get a reply ;)
15) Use the appropriate device and amount of time for the matter at hand. If I had $20 for every time I received a quick reply but ultimately incomplete or inappropriate answer from a mobile device (read: smartphone) I’d be a very wealthy man. If you can’t properly address a question (because you’re at your kid’s soccer game) or a touch screen isn’t sufficient for the number of keystrokes an adequate answer is going to require, then don’t fake it. Wait. Let it go until you can give a full and proper answer to the request. In other words, a reply is not an answer.
In short, pennies, nickles and dimes add up.
Back to work…