If you're tired of spending all of your time writing email, or feel like your email requests never get properly fulfilled, give this military-based system a shot.
Chrome: There are many time-tracking applications out there, but TimeYourWeb might be one of the simplest we've ever seen. It's a free Chrome extension with no login required, and it comes with some of the handiest charts around.
If you have the flexibility in your schedule to do it, start your day with something creative and inspiring. Maybe it's that novel or short story you've been working on, or a painting, or a craft project. Whatever it is, if you can, give it your first hour. It's uninterrupted time, and a good start to the day.
It's well established that working longer hours doesn't translate into increased productivity and indeed, can be bad for you. But we don't always have the benefit of putting something off for another day. So then, how do you approach a must-do workload without stretching yourself thin?
Whether you host or just have to attend regular meetings, you can make them more efficient by clarifying the type of meeting it is. You'll get everyone on the same page, your meeting will be more productive and you'll spend the time talking about what's important.
Inbox zero may be a pipe dream for most of us, but the less clutter in your email, the better. In the spirit of this, author and professor Cal Newport makes the case for writing longer, more detailed emails.
Distractions aren't ideal for most tasks, but they serve a purpose when it comes to brainstorming. 99U suggests a simple rule of thumb: embrace distractions when it comes to generating ideas; embrace focus when it comes to implementing ideas.