GET TO IT
“Urgency bias” is our brain’s instinct to:
Prioritize tasks by order of urgency.
Spend time on a task that merely seems urgent, instead of one that is important but not pressing.
Procrastinate non-urgent tasks.
View breaking news events as more urgent than they are.
SET YOUR TIMERS
“Timeboxing” is a system where you:
Spend a set amount of time per day exercising.
Limit the amount of time you spend in meetings.
Allocate a specific amount of time to each task on your to-do list.
Take inspiration from Hermione Granger of Harry Potter fame.
YOU CERTAINLY KAN
What is the Kanban system?
An app that unlocks your phone after you’ve completed something on your to-do list.
A to-do list that prioritizes tasks by how anxious they make you.
A system that tracks tasks based on their stage of completion: to-do, in progress, or done.
A time management technique for kids.
KITTED OUT
What is the one home purchase we suggest to make your home office a more productive space?
A printer
A ring light
A scented candle
Noise-cancelling headphones
All of the above
RECHARGE, RESET
At what point during the day are our productivity levels most likely to dip?
10-11 am or 11-12pm
1-3 pm or 2-4 pm
4-5 pm or 5-6 pm
9-10 am or 6-7pm
ENTER THE MATRIX
Which insight by former US president Dwight Eisenhower formed the basis of the now-famous productivity technique?
“Never leave that till tomorrow that which you can do today.”
“Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.”
I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.”
“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?”
READY, SET, WORK!
The “Pomodoro” technique involves repeating cycles of bursts of work followed by a short break. How long are the cycles of deep work?
15 minutes
25 minutes
33 minutes
45 minutes
TAKE FIVE
The 5-15 is a technique in which you:
Take 5 minutes to write up a to-do list, and 15 minutes to prioritize your tasks.
Ask team members spend 15 minutes sending updates on their week, which a manager reviews and responds to in 5 minutes.
Limit the time you spend on reading your email to 15 minutes per weekday.
Radically restructure meetings so that they take between 5 and 15 minutes.
COGNITIVE MAPPING
What is one of the brain’s laziest shortcuts, and often an obstacle to creativity?
Stubbornness
Negativity
Depression
Stereotyping