Over at the Buffer blog, Leo Widrich writes about the 10 of the most controversial productivity tips that actually work:

4. Work less

This is derived from Tony Schwartz’ book “The Power of Full Engagement”, where he proposes a solution to working, that completely changed my productivity. His key idea is simple: “Manage your energy, not your time.”

7. Use at least Facebook, Twitter, and 3 other social networks

Are social networks blocked by your employer? That’s probably not a good thing for your productivity, according to a recent study by Evolv. They monitored hundreds of metrics from Fortune 500 companies and found an exciting correlation between usage of social networks and productivity/output per employee.

8. Spend time on email first thing in the morning

It seems that almost every article nowadays is about spending less time or eliminating email. Recently, Joel, CEO here at Buffer noticed something interesting. Almost all the top CEO’s in the world start their day with email….my thinking is that the better I communicate with the team the more we get done.

We often end up seeing the same old productivity tips regurgitated repeatedly, so these are a much-needed breath of fresh air. Check out all ten of the controversial tips here.
  • Sarah Peterson

    I have to say that, as someone who works on a team that has to respond to and gets quite a bit of last-minute requests, checking email first thing in the morning is one of the biggest productivity killers for me. It really puts me in reactive mode, and de-rails my attempt to finish bigger, equally important and time-sensitive projects. Also, why isn’t there a study drawing conclusions about the difference between how we perceive the importance of the work from top CEOs and how much they actual contribute compared to their worker bees? 😉

    • CamRo

      I have a rule – accomplish ONE THING before looking at email in the morning. I to take a cursory look for any important flags – but if there are none, I go onto my one thing.

  • Vivienne Fleischer

    I have adopted the Manage Your Energy, Not Your TIme approach, and BOY has that been a game changer. Rather than string things out for hours at night when I’m tired, I discovered my best energy is in the morning. I can whip out articles, e-mails, proposals, whatever…..in 1/4 of the time in the morning vs the afternoon. I also have reclaimed my weekends (battling the workaholic weekend creep) and my Mondays have been amazing since I’m rested and ready to go. Try it! 🙂

    • Sarah Peterson

      +1 to this!

    • Anna Roberts

      I have too and I haven’t looked back! Mornings are tough for me but I’ve found that I’m super productive 4pm-7pm. So I let myself sleep in a bit and stay a little later to capitalize on that energy. Reclaiming my weekends as well, so good!

    • http://www.creativesomething.net/ tannerc

      Thanks for sharing your story Vivienne. Finding the ideal times that work for you is a powerful step to getting things done. Of course, it helps to know what you work best on when you have the most energy too.

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