These startup founders have been through the mill on their journey to the top and know a thing or two about the benefits of a solid hack. Here, we’ve sourced the best tips from some of the brightest minds when it comes to productivity to help give you that extra edge when it comes to your own journey to success!
Bryan Hassin, CEO of Smart OES on “airplane time”
“Now, at the beginning of each week, I carefully look at my schedule and declare one day (or two half days) to be Airplane Time. I block it out on my shared calendar and treat it as if I were in the air: working out of the office, disabling my phone, and shutting off network connections on my laptop. The rest of the days are for meetings, etc. but this blocked out time each week is my most productive by far.”
Mikael Cho, Founder/CEO of Unsplash on managing the small choices
“Do you watch Netflix or do you go to sleep? Do you go to the networking event or do you write that sales email? Do you take that coffee meeting or do you work on your investor presentation? Everything you do has an opportunity cost.”
Adam D’angelo, co-founder of Quora on focus
Plain and simple, this is key to move from idea to success.
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Tracy Osborn, CEO, Wedding Lovely on efficient email strategies
“The only emails in your inbox should be ones you don't expect. Set up aggressive filtering, unsubscribe from everything you can, and archive unneeded messages. Having a clean inbox — once you get into the habit, it's not that hard — will get your day started out on the right foot to get your most important items done.”
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Bevan Barton, founder of Bountify on the benefit of daily routines
Brittany Hodak, Co-founder of ZinePak on scheduling
“Schedule, schedule, schedule! It’s way too easy to skip something that isn’t in your calendar. I always say that if something isn’t in my calendar, it isn’t in my life. This extends to everything I do: work meetings, outings with friends, gym sessions, and times for specific tasks. It takes a lot less willpower to do something that’s scheduled than to 'find time' to deal with an outstanding item on your to-do list.”
Simon Slade, CEO and co-founder of Affilorama and SaleHoo on tackling the worst first
Lisa Curtis, CEO and Founder of Kuli Kuli on the productive powers of meditation
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Alex Capecelatro, Co-Founder and CEO of Josh on the power of post-it notes
Floyd Marinescu, CEO and co-founder of C4Media and InfoQ.com walks, writes and expresses gratitude
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