We asked 10 CEOs for Productivity Tips, Here’s What We Learned
Productivity is a key factor in the success of a business. CEOs have no option but become masters of productivity and time management.
As your company grows and adds more employees and departments, CEOs find it difficult to be productive. More employees = more meetings. It’s an unfortunate truth, and most people don’t love spending hours and hours in meetings every week.
“Rather than trying to do too much at once and letting everything become jumbled, track your workflow to make it a reality.”
Trey Ferro — CEO of Spot Pet Insurance
It may sound simple, but creating a to-do list and daily schedule can help you significantly improve your organization and productivity.
“At the end of each workday, make a list of the next day’s projects and think realistically about how many you can get done in a workday. Then, schedule them throughout your day, and don’t begin one until you’ve completed the last,” says Ferro.
“If I want to achieve anything involving significant thought, I must allocate at least an hour, preferably two to three, chunks of uninterrupted free time on my schedule.”
Jeff Mains — CEO of Champion Leadership Group LLC
Time-blocking is a strategy where you essentially break your day into sections. Each section serves a different purpose. For example, you can have sections for “Daily Work,” “Large Project 1,” “Large Project 2,” and “Eat Lunch + Take a Walk.”
Essentially, the purpose is to break up your day into sections so that you can follow your schedule, get things done, not overwork yourself, have free time, and still have a productive day.
Whether you prefer 5-10 sections or just a few, 2-3 hour chunks or 30-minute chunks, it’s up to you and how you prefer to work. Do what is best for you!
“Have a relaxation area. This may not seem directly tied to productivity, but environment is a major factor in increasing productivity.”
Karim Hachem — VP of eCommerce at Sunshine 79
The first aspect of creating a productive work environment is to reduce distractions in the area where people work. Make sure you have your phone on silent, get a comfortable chair, turn on some low-concentration music, and get to work.
The next thing to do is have a dedicated relaxation area. If you think about it, most companies have a lunch or break area. That’s because having an area where you specifically don’t do work is important.
Having a space where you can go to cool down, refresh, and gather your thoughts can work wonders for your company’s productivity. Sometimes, you just need to step away before you can get back to working productively.
“Keep meetings short, with a specific goal or to-do list in mind. It keeps everyone engaged and focused.”
Mario Medina — CEO of drvn
Managing time is a crucial aspect of productivity. You can’t be productive if you don’t manage your time well.
To manage your time, keep your calendar up to date, track the time you spend working on tasks, and keep meetings to the point.
To make sure your meetings are productive, head into the meeting with a specific talking point or goal. This makes the meeting much more productive and leaves everyone feeling like they accomplished something once it’s over.
“Secondly, share your calendar with your staff - that way everyone can see your availability and can plan themselves accordingly. And if they can see that you’re managing your time well, and what you’re prioritizing, they’ll be encouraged to do the same,” says Medina.
“Delegate (like a boss): You'll find that you are far more productive when you appreciate what you are doing.”
Martin Lassen — Founder & CEO of GrammarHow
One characteristic of great team members is knowing what they are good at and what they are bad at.
If you know your strengths and weaknesses, you can effectively delegate tasks to others who are better than you at certain things. This can not only help boost productivity, but it can show that you trust your fellow employees as well.
“I know, it sounds counterintuitive, but here's the thing: if you're constantly checking your email, you're always reacting to other people's priorities instead of setting your own.”
Tomek Młodzki — CEO at PhotoAiD
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Email can be important, but it can also be one of the biggest time-wasters and productivity-killers.
Reducing the time you spend with your email can allow you to spend your time on more important tasks, and boost your overall productivity greatly.
“By checking your email less often, you can take back control of your time and use it more effectively. Of course, this doesn't mean you should never check your email; just try to set aside specific times for checking and responding instead of letting it dominate your day, and you'll be surprised how much more productivity you can achieve when you're in charge of your own time,” says Młodzki.
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