Productivity: Effectively Scaling Yourself sxswi 2014 recap
Productivity

#SXSWi 2014 Recap: #Productivity: Effectively Scaling Yourself

On of the rooms on the Austin Convention Center’s 4th floor held a block of fifteen minute presentations called ¨Future 15.¨ These presentations varied widely, but mainly focused on self improvement and career advancement (author’s note: this was the case for the sessions I was in Monday).  One such presentation was given by Scott Hanselman and focused on tips to make yourself a better worker and more productive each day.

Because the session was a little rushed due to the time challenge, many of his tips were in bullet points, which are outlined below:

  • Reflect on Friday, Plan on Monday: This helps ease stress and lets you evaluate what you’ve accomplished and what you are going to accomplish for the coming week.
  • Do the rule of 3: list 3 things that you can accomplish each day. This gives you a sense of accomplishment.
  • Identify data streams: Social networking, online groups, websites you visit everyday…think about what can be dropped from your schedule that aren’t productive or of benefit to you.
  • Draw a line when things get stressful: Decide what is important and choose those first, always.
  • On TV: You don’t have to binge watch shows. It’s okay not to watch Scandal.  People binge watch then complain that they are too busy to do anything.
  • Streamline your email: See cc as FYI, not as to-do list items. Have emails you are cc’ed on go directly to another folder, and only read them every other day.
  • Don’t check email in the morning: You will get your entire day’s work done by 9-12 and then check your email after lunch. (author note: the audience gasped at this suggestion, but Hanselman says that ¨if the next 9/11 happens, someone will come and tell you.¨)
  • Responding to email gets you more email.
  • Don’t put your energy into things you don’t want more of.
  • You teach people how to treat you: If you direct them all to email instead of meetings, they learn that’s how to communicate with you, for example. If you are responding to emails at 1 or 2 am, then people get used to that routine and will always expect you to respond.
  • Schedule work sprints with the Pomodoro Technique
  • You aren’t doing actual multitasking: Hanselman claims that people think they are multitasking but are only harming themselves. A physical task and mental task are the only things that can truly be multitasked: e.g. email and walking treadmill desk (Hanselman walks 10 miles per day on his), listening to podcasts while exercising, etc.
  • Don’t set up ¨guilt systems¨ or monuments to your own failure: Stop trying to guilt yourself into doing something. Remove that stack of books on your nightstand that you haven’t read but you make yourself see every night.
  • If it’s not helping you make money, throw it out [of your life].

Overall, the session was jam-packed with so many tips in just fifteen minutes. For a longer version, you can view the 42 minute talk he gave on the same topic on his blog.

Image via Shutterstock. Used under license.

524312 890979679367 1444089661 n+%25281%2529 #SXSWi 2014 Recap: #Productivity: Effectively Scaling Yourself
When she's not editing and scheduling posts or working with writers to make SEJ better, Kelsey Jones helps clients around the world grow their social media, content, and search marketing presence under her agency, MoxieDot. She has been working in digital marketing since 2007 and journalism since 2004.Kelsey enjoys writing and consuming all kinds of content, both in digital and tattered paperback form.
524312 890979679367 1444089661 n+%25281%2529 #SXSWi 2014 Recap: #Productivity: Effectively Scaling Yourself
524312 890979679367 1444089661 n+%25281%2529 #SXSWi 2014 Recap: #Productivity: Effectively Scaling Yourself

You Might Also Like

Comments are closed.

3 thoughts on “#SXSWi 2014 Recap: #Productivity: Effectively Scaling Yourself

  1. Productivity and efficiency depend on your ability to focus on one activity at a time. Focusing is thinking about the task or activity you’re doing while you’re doing it. Focused concentration results in high levels of productivity. Multitasking, on the other hand, leads to low levels of productivity.Thanks Kelsey!