Friday Focus Archives

  • The Four Keys to Getting Out of Unnecessary Meetings

    Meetings have long been maligned as the bane of productivity in the work space. But how do you get out of them, when you know you’re not needed? We’re glad you asked! Here are the four keys to getting out of those unnecessary meetings:   Nobody likes to sit through unnecessary meetings. With the right tactics you can ...
  • How Your To-Do List is Killing Your Productivity

    We all have a to-do list, but it doesn’t always get done. This week we’re going to show you some of the ways that you can prevent your to-do list from killing your productivity:   There’s a strong consensus among researchers and experts that the more specific and actionable an item on your to-do list is, the more ...
  • Templates And Hints For The Perfect Email For Almost Every Situation – Week 6

    Have you ever received an amazing email, one that you’d like to print out and pin to your wall, one that made you grin from ear to ear or slow-clap in appreciation and awe? Now imagine that every email you send is as great as these occasional all-stars you receive. This week we see how a ...
  • Templates And Hints For The Perfect Email For Almost Every Situation – Week 5

    Have you ever received an amazing email, one that you’d like to print out and pin to your wall, one that made you grin from ear to ear or slow-clap in appreciation and awe? Now imagine that every email you send is as great as these occasional all-stars you receive. This week we look at a ...
  • Templates And Hints For The Perfect Email For Almost Every Situation – Week 4

    Have you ever received an amazing email, one that you’d like to print out and pin to your wall, one that made you grin from ear to ear or slow-clap in appreciation and awe? Now imagine that every email you send is as great as these occasional all-stars you receive. This week we explore the best ...
  • Templates And Hints For The Perfect Email For Almost Every Situation – Week 3

    Have you ever received an amazing email, one that you’d like to print out and pin to your wall, one that made you grin from ear to ear or slow-clap in appreciation and awe? Now imagine that every email you send is as great as these occasional all-stars you receive. This week we see if a ...
  • Templates And Hints For The Perfect Email For Almost Every Situation – Week 2

    Have you ever received an amazing email, one that you’d like to print out and pin to your wall, one that made you grin from ear to ear or slow-clap in appreciation and awe? Now imagine that every email you send is as great as these occasional all-stars you receive. This week is all about emails ...
  • Templates And Hints For The Perfect Email For Almost Every Situation – Week 1

    Have you ever received an amazing email, one that you’d like to print out and pin to your wall, one that made you grin from ear to ear or slow-clap in appreciation and awe? Now imagine that every email you send is as great as these occasional all-stars you receive. Starting this week, we’re gonna share ...
  • Warren Buffett’s 5-Step Process for Prioritizing True Success (and Why Most People Never Do It)

    Warren Buffet, one of the World’s most famous business personalities, uses a two-list system to prioritize his work and ensure he achieves his goals. Here’s how he does it:   Warren Buffett might best be known for his financial advice (which is usually very simple), but we might also learn a few things from him about productivity ...
  • An 18-Minute Plan for Managing Your Day And Finding Focus

    There will never be enough time in a day to do everything you need to do. In that light, this week we discuss an 18-minute plan for managing your day and finding focus:   We need ritual to manage our days, “clear enough to keep us focused on our priorities. Efficient enough not to get in the ...
  • 11 Tricks Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, And Other Famous Execs Use To Run Meetings

    There are many ways to run a meeting. Some are disastrous, while others are the gateways to an effective meeting. Here are some of the ways that a few of the most famous executives use to run their meetings:   Americans sit through some 11 million meetings every day — with the unproductive ones costing companies $37 ...
  • How CEOs Waste 70% of Their Time Each Day

    We waste a lot of our time in a day with medial tasks. On this week’s Friday Focus we explore how we can use that time more effectively:   More than half of your workday could be spent more effectively. While that’s a hard pill to swallow, you’re not the only one who can stand to gain from a ...
  • The Worst Way To End A Meeting

    Is there a right way to end a meeting? The short answer is yes. The long answer is the subject of this week’s Friday Focus.   I’d just finished leading a workshop. The assembled group stared up at me. “So,” I said, “does anyone have any questions?” Silence ensued. Fortunately, there are better options, just like the workshop organizer told ...
  • The Road to Success Is Boring — and That’s OK

    This week we look at how even the most boring tasks, no matter how inconsequential they may seem, are some of the keys to “massive success”.   Here’s something counter-intuitive: the road to success can be BORING. Yes, it’s fun to enjoy the spoils of hard work. But the actual work — the daily grind — is going ...
  • How To Create A Culture Of Productivity

    Implementing productivity hacks and increasing productivity isn’t easy when there is a lack of a culture of productivity at the workplace. This week we explore how we can cultivate just such a culture.   As the CEO of a startup, I’ve realized how important it is to increase productivity while at the same time limiting expenses as much as ...