Productivity Mind Map / Notes

The Ivy Lee Method: Do the most important thing first each day.

Build habits so you don’t waste time thinking

  • Prepare your day the night before: 1) use Chunking or the Pomodoro technique to schedule breaks, 2) know what time you’re most productive and plan accordingly, 3) set a hard stop for work (to prevent procrastination)

Don’t open email in morning. Productive, not reactive.

Time savers

  • Use keyboard shortcuts

Deep Work

  • Don’t multitask. Focus on one thing at a time.

Go on an information diet

Keep a notebook on hand at all times

Eliminate Time Wasting Activities

  • Outsource as much as you can

Work environment

  • Turning the temperature down or moving to a cooler place is an easy way to focus your mind and body.

Listen to podcasts/audiobooks on commutes/walks

For reading

  • Take notes if you like it or want to remember it

Get a mentor/learn from others’ mistakes/lessons

Set self-imposed deadlines


  • Make it a standup or walking meeting

Find Meaning in What You Do (And Love What You Do)

Sit up or stand up: Brain will get more oxygen and allow you to concentrate better.

Focus. Don’t do more and more just because you can. It turns into mediocre work. Do a few things well and then move on to the next.

Just start vs overthinking it. Objects in motion stay in motion.



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