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We live in a distracting world, and it’s not getting any better. We are constantly bombarded with new information.
It's natural to think we need more discipline or willpower to resist the ons...
Technology companies work hard to create products that bring convenience and delight. In turn, they benefit when we use these technologies more.
Our willing acceptance of distracting ap...
The smartphone is the simplest and most effective way to reclaim your time and attention.
In contrast to hacks like disabling notifications, removing apps cuts the distraction where it starts...
You might find your computer's web browser just as hard to resist.
Create a barrier to distraction. For example:
We should think proactively about what we're making time for.
Choose a highlight for your day. Maybe it's an activity that brings you joy, like a long walk or cooking a meal. Perhaps i...
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If people's physical lives were anywhere near as cluttered as their digital lives, their kitchen sinks would be full of dishes, their closets would be jammed, and their houses would be in chaos.
We can reclaim our time and our attention. Unlike a physical space, we can wipe the slate clean in our digital environment.
If you clear apps from your phone, nothing will happen. You can always reinstall the ones you use.
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In tech, friction refers to the steps a customer needs to take to perform a certain action. Too many steps and your funnel starts to leak.
For you, on the other hand, the harder it is...
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They are actions we make without thinking (habits, routines, compulsions). They control more than 40% of our daily actions.
So if we want to change our lives and be more productive, we...
This behavior keeps you from dedicating your time to meaningful work. Replying to email may feel productive, but the truth is emails are rarely the most important thing on your to-do list.
So instead of keeping your inbox open all day, change your default behavior to working on emails in batches.
Real-time communication sets the expectation that you’re always available. And for many of us, our default behaviors support just that.
In order to change this behavior, you need to set expectations on response time. Mute specific channels, get rid of pop-ups, turn off mobile notifications, etc.
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Unless your job demands otherwise, deal with email at the end of the day.
Less energy at the end of the day makes you less tempted to overcommit to incoming requests.
With this strategy, you won’t waste time checking emails constantly throughout the day.
Instead, you’ll establish an end-of-day email routine. Research found that people who check their emails three times a day respond to the same amount of emails 20 percent faster than those who constantly respond to messages as they came in.
... if you’re just receiving several emails a day. Otherwise, strive to empty your inbox out once a week.
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Employees can share resources, swap perspectives, and boost each other’s creativity.
Collaboration allows us to capitalize on the collective knowledge and expertise of our people, whil...
Collaborations can be unproductive, time-wasting, and a strain on top employees.
Collaborative organizational structure can drain people’s time and resources, wherein employees are “emailed to death and meetinged to death."
... (or delegation), it helps to know where everyone’s expertise lies.
Make sure your employees get to know each other, whether that happens through group lunches, coffee breaks, or informal social events. This also builds trust — a vital element for successful collaboration.
Time management can be tough. What is urgent in your life and what is important to your life are often very different things:
Examples of half-work:
Decisions and choices that you make throughout the day tend to drain your willpower. You're less likely to make a good decision at the end of the day than you are at the beginning.
If you do the most important thing first, then you’ll never have a day when you didn’t get something important done.
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It means using technology with more intention and purpose.
It's a “philosophy of technology use” rooted in reclaiming control and intention back from the devices and platforms that hav...
It promtes the basic idea that technological innovations can bring value and convenience into your life.
It just looks at the positives. And it's view is more is better than less, because more things that bring you benefits means more total benefits.
If you want to maximize the amount of value you feel in your life, you want to put as much of your time and effort as possible into the small number of things to give you huge rewards.
When you think about it that way, fear of missing out looks like, just mathematically speaking, a really bad strategy.
The desire to procrastinate is a healthy brain craving, a natural need for novelty and curiosity. We must stop the negative self-talk we have towards us not working as a machine all the time. The l...
The biggest obstacle, the main villain hampering our productivity is always in your hands, and rarely in your pockets. _It’s your smartphone. It needs to be powered off for some time. Your laptop, clamouring for attention, is not helping either. Remove all distractions and notifications so that you can get in the ‘flow’ mode.
Creating friction between us and the open black hole of the online distractions helps us focus on work.
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It doesn't happen automatically. It requires thinking and reflection. No one likes to fail, lose time and energy. That’s why we need to make an effort to learn from the things that we wish w...