"Productivity is the ability to complete the tasks you undertake in the time you allot for them"

  • *The ability to complete- Productivity is finishing the tasks you start.
  • *The tasks you undertake- Productivity is about choosing the tasks to undertake.
  • *In the time you allot for them- Productivity is about finishing those tasks ON TIME.

Inbox Zero

'Zero' refers to how much time we should be thinking about our email inbox.

Core Principles

  • keep email client closed for most of the day, only opening it at regular intervals
    • ex. set recurring reminders at 9:00, 12:00, 3:00 and 5:00 to open the client.
  • when going over emails, one of 5 actions must be taken: delete, delegate, respond, defer, or do.
  • always respond immediately to messages that can be answered in 2 min or less

Other ideas

  • Set up mail filters so that each piece of mail has a folder destination based on what it is. Don't overdo it— a few folders is sufficient.
    • redirect newsletters to a read folder, mark emails addressed to you as important etc.