Bookmarks, Sept 20

It’s productivity day – the best articles I’ve read in the last couple weeks on staying on task and getting things done!

The 12 Golden Rules of Email Courtesy

By David Gordon

My biggest pet peeve in misusing email has to useless subjects. More specifically, when people don’t bother to create a new email for a totally new topic – they just grab the last email you sent them (possibly years ago) and hit reply. That is why I go back and forth on email. On one hand, I basically detest it. On the other, I see the necessity (of the evil) and try to embrace it as best as I can. I (and many at the company I work for), find email so disruptive and often counterproductive, we invested two years in developing a service to essentially remove email from our internal company communication [shameless plug]. I found David’s list of suggestions to be a great reminder on how to craft a useful email.

Our tools are being developed faster than our capacity to know how to use them properly. The fundamental principle that motivates the following comments is this: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The basic law of charity (and therefore of courtesy) is this: Don’t make someone else’s life worse (i.e. busier, more distracted) than it already is without some good and sufficient reason.


10 Ways To Increase Results In Meetings

By Selma Wilson

Let’s face it – no one likes meetings. They’re only worse when they aren’t productive. Here’s a great list to help keep you focused.

There is nothing more frustrating than having an unproductive meeting and organizations do it all the time.


The Magic of 30-Minute Meetings

By Peter Bregman

I love this idea and can’t wait to try it – including things other than meetings.

One of the side benefits of my focusing on one undistracted task at a time was a new and almost unbearable impatience for wasted time. In the past, if I was on a call that wasn’t going anywhere, I would do email or surf the web. In my post-multitasking world, staying focused on a dragging call was painful.


The Two Things Killing Your Ability to Focus

By William Treseder

I’ve shared many before and I’m sure I’ll share many in the future – productivity is something that is constantly in my brain-space and I love it when I find a good article on the topic.

I used to wake up, stumble over to my phone, and immediately get lost in a stream of pointless notifications. This digital haze continued throughout the day, keeping me from accomplishing important tasks. I was distracted, anxious, and ineffective as a leader. I knew I had to change but could not seem to break free from the behaviors that kept me locked into the same cycle.


Don’t Let Email Zombies Eat Up Your Day

By Jocelyn K. Glei

Can’t get enough reinforcement to stay out of email and away from distracting and bad practices when trying to be productive!

Let’s face it: Email is killing our productivity. The average person checks their inbox 11 times per hour, processes 122 messages a day, and spends 28 percent of their total workweek managing their inbox. Outside of work, more than 80% of workers monitor their email over the weekend, nearly 60% tend to their inboxes on vacation, and 6% admit to checking email while their wife was in labor or during a funeral. So much for life’s precious moments!