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10 Life Hacks for Better Productivity

Session given in India to cover 10 productivity tips for getting the most out of your day.

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10 Life Hacks for Better Productivity

  1. 1. 10 Life Hacks For Better Productivity SimonGuest,Neudesic
  2. 2. 10.Where isyourtime going? » Analyze your calendar - pie chart of your time » Use RescueTime » How much time doing work vs. Facebook?
  3. 3. 9. GTD Methodology » Learn GTD (Getting Things Done) Methodology from David Allen » Most people do not have a system for managing their workload » Many people still carry everything in their head
  4. 4. 8.Task Organization » Many different task lists around » Experiment with the ones that work with you, and learn to trust it » My favorite is a variant of TaskPaper
  5. 5. 7. Capture Ideasatthe RightTime » The best ideas come at some really random times -- Shower, in bed, at grocery store, etc. » Pen and paper by the bed - I thought of this presentation at 5.20am on Sunday! » Email/call myself a task when I'm on the road
  6. 6. 6.ApplyAgile Principlestoyour workweek » Weekly sprint to plan week » Daily "standup" to check task list » Regular backlog grooming
  7. 7. 5. Learnto Delegate » If there is nothing to learn, and your participation is non critical, delegate » Not direct order, but maybe an opportunity for someone more junior to learn? » Delegate using SMART technique -- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely
  8. 8. 4. UseTools More Efficiently » What are your mundane tasks? » Common tools are so powerful, but underused most of the time » Learn keyboard shortcuts - how much can you do without touching the mouse?
  9. 9. 3. Structureyour day » When do you work your best? Morning or Afternoon? -- Structure the day accordingly » Dedicated time for catching up with news/email -- Then shut it all off while you work » For creative/development time, make sure you take breaks -- Pomodoro Technique
  10. 10. 2.What'syour hourlyrate? » Set yourself an hourly rate based on your income level » For example, $50 per hour » Would you pay $100 to attend that 2 hour meeting?
  11. 11. 1. Mind/BodyConnection » The mind cannot function effectively without good health -- Sleep: Minimum of 8 hours -- Exercise: Everyday -- Food: Diet that improves your mental performance » Don't be frightened to prioritize your health -- Avoid the mindset that 80 hour work week makes you a hero
  12. 12. TopTenAgain --- 10. Where is your time going? --- 9. GTD Methodology --- 8. Task Organization --- 7. Capture Ideas at the Right Time --- 6. Apply Agile Principles to your day --- 5. Learn to Delegate --- 4. Use Tools More Efficiently --- 3. Structure your day --- 2. What's your hourly rate? --- 1. Mind/Body Connection
  13. 13. Thankyou!