FAST COMPANY – Secrets of the most productive people

Podcast by the Fast Company magazine team:


Are morning people more productive than night owls? Do successful people have to give up work-life balance? Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman and time management expert Laura Vanderkam busted some of the biggest productivity myths at the Fast Company Innovation Festival.

Recommended bits:

Minute 10.00 – Inbox zero can not be the goal, make sure you use email to achieve your goals. Inbox 40.000 is ok, as long as you get to do the most effective things to reach your goals.

Minute 22.36 – The more successful you get, the harder you need to work. Having more demand on your time then what’s available is great, it allows you to make choices and do the things that matter. It’s not that you need to do all of that. Include private and family items, and decide not to do less important work related things.

Minute 32.20 – Make your to-do list really short. Make sure to limit your activities to a manageable number of things, three is a “magic nr”.

Minute 33.20 – Re-framing is powerful, make sure to use language that is encouraging. Trigger your mind to think of positive challenge, rewards, learning vs anxiety and fear.

Direct link to the iTunes podcasts: here.

Find the podcast on the Fast Company site by clicking here and look for the “Productivity myths busted” episode.



Stop Initiative Overload – HBR

In this HBR podcast one of the biggest challenges for larger organizations is addressed; Initiative Overload – the risk of deploying too many parallel projects.

Key thoughts

  • Map the total nr of projects run accross the organization. Make sure that individual operational teams participate in a maximum of 5 and preferably 3 projects.
  • On a global leadership level make choices, prioritize and stop/park projects explicitely and communicate the reasoning and outcome.
  • Use to cascade the organization’s top 3 goals and related actions in the clearest way.

The Cult of Done Manifesto

We believe in doing, applying 80-20 every day is the best way to stay ahead of competition. Depending on your industry and the investments involved go for max 90-10. Find below the THE CULT OF DONE MANIFESTO by Bre Pettis and Kio Stark.

The Cult of Done Manifesto

    1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
    1. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
    1. There is no editing stage.
    1. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
    1. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
    1. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
    1. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
    1. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
    1. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
    1. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
    1. Destruction is a variant of done.
    1. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  1. Done is the engine of more.

WEEKSHEET, win every week….

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A calendar week is the ideal unit to break your goals into. It allows you to achieve significant steps forward, and allows for mental and physical recovery over the weekend.

WEEKSHEET is a way to achieve your goals. It is not an alternative to your agenda, nor a to-do list. Every Friday close your week by preparing your next week’s WEEKSHEET. We encourage writing the WEEKSHEET by hand, this way you force yourself to review the key goals every week. Copy-pasting results in complacency. Stay sharp, stay human, take 15 min per week on Friday afternoon to program your mind for success in the next week.

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