18 Points for Achieving More While Doing Less

  1. Do what is essential first thing in the morning and tackle what’s urgent later in the day,
  2. Create a schedule, keep no more than 5 items on it and stick to it.
  3. Get the best help you can afford for everything that can be delegated.
  4. Delegate, automate, or delete everything, not in your zone of genius. It may not be possible to do it overnight. Do what you can and change over time.
  5. Minimize distractions by turning off notifications, closing unnecessary tabs on your work device, and setting phone and internet usage boundaries.
  6. Take breaks to recharge and improve your focus.
  7. Use timeboxing and the pomodoro technique to do more in less time.
  8. Get enough sleep to ensure you are sharp throughout the day.
  9. Create and use templates for repetitive tasks like writing emails, reports, or newsletters to save time and improve efficiency.
  10. A cluttered environment can lead to a cluttered mind. Keep your workspace organized to increase productivity.
  11. Know your one thing and say no to everything else that takes you away from it.
  12. Don’t take a meeting when an email or a voice note will do.
  13. Work well asynchronously by learning to communicate clearly over emails or messaging apps.
  14. Ditch multitasking. Single task, complete what you are working on before working on the next task.
  15. Focus on the 20% of tasks that will give you 80% of the results.
  16. Improve your focus by meditating and working out.
  17. Make sure you have time for yourself and your interests to avoid burnout.
  18. Move daily to feel agile and alert and stay clear of brain fog.

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