A Sunday well spent brings a week of content. In my case literally, because I write all day on Sundays.
- Elana Lyn Gross, Founder, Elana Lyn
In addition to the habits and mindsets I mentioned in my interview: working on things I want to be working on + planning 10 years out while relishing in my day-to-day.
- Misha Talavera, COO/Co-Founder, NeoReach
Once you start, don't stop until it's all done.
- Amy Lee, Influencer/Content Creator, Vagabond Youth
Saying no and batching. These days, I say no far more often than I say yes. I also dedicate certain days to certain tasks, and knowing those are my only tasks for that day make them easier to accomplish.
- Kate Gremillion, CEO/Founder, Mavenly + Co
Work hard but set aside time to stay balanced mentally and physically. A healthy body and mind is more productive.
- Josh Berd, DDS, Founder, The Dentist Group
Don't sweat the small stuff. Being perfect really stands in the way of being excellent and getting shit done. Don't micromanage, You can get so much more done and get the best out of people when you empower them and let them run. Use your time wisely – floss on the toilet, meditate in the shower, don’t spend a lot of time worrying about hair or makeup.
- Rebecca Brian Pan, CEO/Founder, Covo
I consider myself a very productive person in which I’m always looking for ways to produce more and streamline a lot of my tasks. My secrets boil down to these principles:
- The 80/20 rule which states that 80% of the results will come from 20% the efforts. This principle teaches us that if you concentrate only on the valuable tasks you will be able to achieve more than if you try to do everything and treat everything with the same importance.
- Using the physiology of my body to my advantage (i.e. eat a balanced diet, drink enough water, exercising, working on the hardest task when I’m at the peak of my energy, etc)
- Using tools to automate as much of my work as possible and delegating tasks that can be done more efficiently by someone else
I actually wrote a more detailed article on how to be more productive.
- Alejandro Rioja, CEO/Founder, Flux Ventures
Learn to love whatever you do.
- Austin Vaday, CTO, Aquaint
Having good people around you, I am nothing without my team and my team is nothing without me. We all rely on each other.
- Kevin McReynolds, CEO/Founder McReynolds Enterprises
I have no secrets to productivity, it's a daily struggle! I guess what I'm saying is I'm only productive if I'm truly passionate about something. In college, I would leave studying for the test and reading an entire quarter's worth of material the night before the test, because I just wasn't that interested in it. In make-up school, I actually found myself doing my homework and keeping up with reading (for the most part). I'm productive when I'm passionate.
- Olivia Davis, Founder, Olivia Davis Make-Up Artist
Delegation. I delegate those things others can do or should do. This empowers others to accomplish more and allows me to focus on what only I can do and what brings me the most joy.
- DeAnne Steele, CFA, CAIA, Managing Director & Investment Executive - Western United States, U.S. Trust
I follow a lot of productivity models. There are too many to name, but here are some simple ones. First, bucketing similar tasks and knocking them all off at one time (emails - twice a day). Scheduling your entire week into blocks on Sunday night (hour blocks for most important tasks). Following Pareto’s law (80% results from 20% input) and only focusing on the highest value items.
- Steve O'Dell, CEO/Co-Founder, Tenzo Tea
A cup of coffee and Type A personality gets the job done every time. In all honesty though, caffeine is our number one secret, but right after that making lots of lists to help keep us in check.
- Lindsey Pallares & Vivian Nguyen, Co-Founders, Throw Like a GRL
I use the Productivity Planner--it is amazing!
-Vanessa Van Edwards, Lead Investigator, Science of People
Time management. I know exactly what my week is going to look like ahead of time, and I know what I am capable of, what my limits are, and when I need to take a break from the hustle so that I can continue to be productive. This becomes habit after practice, but it includes keeping a physical calendar book that I carry everywhere (phone calendars do not work for me), and remembering to write things down immediately so I do not forget.
Keeping a clean environment. My Asian mother always told me my space is my mental state. So I keep my space organized, and that way I feel productive, positive, and ready to achieve my goals for the day.
- Yasmeen Al-Mazeedi, Musician