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How to Work Better

Things I've learned by being a creative entrepreneur for a few decades.

1

Unsubscribe from any newsletter you don’t immediately want to devour.

Apr 14, 2014
How to Work Better | Unsubscribe from any newsletter you don’t immediately want to devour.

The less full your inbox is, the less you have to deal with and the less you have to filter through when the next email comes in.

2

If an email that doesn’t require a response or action, archive it

Apr 14, 2014
How to Work Better | If an email that doesn’t require a response or action, archive it

A ‘zero inbox’ is a truly wonderful thing. Use your inbox as a todo list, and archive emails you don’t need.

3

Use one program at a time

Apr 14, 2014
How to Work Better | Use one program at a time

If you aren’t using social media, keep it closed. If you’ve finished checking email, close that. If you aren’t browsing the web, close your browser. Don’t even leave something open in the background. Multitasking makes it hard to focus and makes tasks take longer (because you’re constantly distracted).

4

Turn off every notification

Apr 14, 2014
How to Work Better | Turn off every notification

This includes notifications of new emails, new likes, new mentions. Everything. If it appears on your screen, turn it off while you’re working.

5

Focus in tiny increments

Apr 14, 2014
How to Work Better | Focus in tiny increments

0-45 minutes at a time or so. Then take a break, stretch, pee, drink some water, stare blankly out the window, check social media. Stop after a minute or two, then get back to it.

6

If you’re frustrated, leave

Apr 14, 2014
How to Work Better | If you’re frustrated, leave

Get some air, eat a snack, meditate for 10 minutes. Come back with a fresh mind.

7

Donate your television

Apr 14, 2014
How to Work Better | Donate your television

It’s amazing how much you can get done in a day if you aren’t passively sitting on a couch and staring at moving pictures.

8

Keep a log of what you eat during the day and how you feel afterwards

Apr 14, 2014
How to Work Better | Keep a log of what you eat during the day and how you feel afterwards

You’d be amazed at how food affects your mental state. It can make you tired, hyper or unable to concentrate. So figure out what foods do that and avoid them. You’ll probably also see a correlation between fresh, whole foods and being able to focus more.

9

Follow fewer people on social media

Apr 14, 2014
How to Work Better | Follow fewer people on social media

Remove folks you aren’t finding value in. It’s nothing personal, and you can still think they are awesome people. Focus on relationships and value, and less on the numbers game.

10

Work at your peak time

Apr 14, 2014
How to Work Better | Work at your peak time

Everyone has a time of the day when they seem to be able to focus more and get more done. During that time, turn off your phone and email, never schedule meetings and remove distractions.

11

Turn off emails from social media networks

Apr 14, 2014
How to Work Better | Turn off emails from social media networks

Do you really need to know when someone friends you? Mentions you? Suggests a book? Invites you to an event? Don’t let those networks bombard your inbox with notifications. You can log into these networks and check messages, mentions or likes when that’s what you’re actually doing.