Savvy Tips from CEOs to Boost Productivity
By Sandy Schroeder
Don’t you just love it when you knock off three key tasks before your morning break? Or how about those days when you have everything wrapped up by mid-afternoon and you get to sneak out for a few hours? What’s the secret? Productivity!
When we boost our production rate, everything else falls into place. Most CEOs learned how to maximize their productivity a long time ago. That’s how they got to the top.
Check These Productivity Secrets
DumbLittleMan.com took a closer look and came up with some specific tips that CEOs use a lot.
Schedule Work When Your Brain Is Sharpest
When do you produce your best work?
- Early in the morning
- Later in the day as you pick up speed
- On through the evening
Figure out when your brain does its best work and reserve that time to do your most important efforts. Bump the mindless routine tasks off to a time when you are winding down. If you follow this scheduling trick you may achieve more in two weeks than you might have in a month following a normal push-and-pull schedule.
Always Look for More
Truly smart people who make it all the way to the top are seldom satisfied with the current situation. CEOs often have a “growth mindset” that’s constantly looking for better, faster ways to do things. While most of us are enjoying the current developments they are looking for the next open door or step up.
Put Time Limits on Everything
People at the top seldom tolerate wasting time. I worked with an amazing leader who always arrived on time for his countless meetings, and glared at the room looking for the stragglers who were sneaking in late. He valued every minute and made the most of them, turning a small center into a thriving, nationally recognized powerhouse.
To make this work, set time limits for all of your tasks including meetings and emails. Take a close look at that two-hour lunch meeting. You might tighten it up to an hour with a snack in the afternoon. Know what you need to accomplish and how much time it takes to achieve it. When you allow tasks, projects and emails to run their course, they may swallow up a lot of valuable time that could cover more ground.
Make Technology Work for You
Truly smart users of technology stay in touch with their staff wherever they are and use their phones to keep a lot of projects going simultaneously. I have a friend who does his best work as an architect in his favorite national parks. Another young guy that I know loves to camp. He works as a contract negotiator. When he is not showing up for meetings you might find him coordinating details from a favorite campground.
If these tips work for you, put the extra benefits to good use and keep right on going.
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