Happy Friday! Today, do the hardest things on your list first.
Getting lost in email or mindless tasks can suck away much of your energy. It’s also a great way to avoid tackling the tough projects. But ultimately, when you’re not focusing your greatest energy on your most important tasks, you’re wasting it. He’s a big proponent of doing the most challenging,most important things first-thing in the morning when you’re rested and less prone to distraction.
”I put literally everything in there: taking out the garbage, walking my dogs,” explained Hunt, who also includes “bucket list items” like “meet Noam Chomsky" and "get invited to the White House," on his list too. Not even the most organized could keep track of an entire life’s worth of chores by hand.
“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”
“Remember this sentence, tape it to your monitor, tattoo it on your wrist: You don’t have to ‘feel like’ doing something in order to do it.”
“When I manage to remember that, I’m no longer sidetracked by trying to get into the right frame of mind for daunting projects. Don’t beat yourself up for procrastinatory feelings. Just feel them, and simultaneously direct your limbs to do the work.”
Do you have a Christmas tree, dead animal, or blender on your desk? We hope not. Your desk is your sanctuary—treat it wrong and you may be doing more than just giving off a wacky vibe. You might be hurting your productivity, your career, and your health.
A six-year veteran of Yelp, Miriam Warren established the user-generated review company’s London outpost and oversaw its European expansion, most recently into France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, and Denmark. So she knows from turbulence! How does Warren stay productive while racking up the frequent-flier miles?