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Get it Done and Still Have Time for You

Eric Barker of Barking Up the Wrong Tree writes for The Week about some tried-and-true principles of productivity, but brings some nuance to them that isn’t often explored. He bases his insights on a friend he characterizes as “insanely productive.” The kicker, though, is that these insights are as much about accomplishing tasks as they are about accomplishing balance.

The 5 Principles are:

  1. To-do lists are evil. Schedule everything.
  2. Assume you’re going home at 5:30, then plan your day backwards.
  3. Make a plan for the entire week.
  4. Do very few things, but be awesome at them.
  5. Do less shallow work — focus on the deep stuff.

Do yourself a favor and read the entire piece, it’s well worth it.