Productivity Secrets of Famous Experts Revealed!
Since mid-2012, Lifehacker has run a popular interview series called “How I Work”
Each week, they ask an expert to share their productivity secrets, fave apps, tools, routines, time saving secrets and best advice they’ve received.
Why I Like It:
- It tells a full story: Each person shares their must have apps and how they use it (the process is often almost as important as the app!)
- It’s actionable: These bite sized tips give you a highly curated list of apps to try and why.
- It’s a guilty pleasure: From pictures of their workspaces to details of their sleep routines, you get a rare and intimate peek into how they run their private lives.
1. Guy Kawasaki
Fave Tip: He does not keep emails for more than 21 days, nor does he make to do lists.
*Note: There are two ways of reading what he said:
a) a humble way of saying he has a photographic memory
b) an elegant way of saying he is not a “to-do list” person, i.e. tends to make decisions at the last minute and can be disorganinzed.
#NOTE: Great way to sound smart in an interview or side-step a question if you don’t do it.
2. Amit Agarwal
*Note: I learnt how to make my Twitter bot from him (in Sep 2015) and my bot has a higher social authority than me!!! 😱😱😱😱
3. Jamie Todd Rubin
Jamie Todd Rubin is an Evernote Ambassador and writer and blogs about going paperless.
Fave Apps: Use IFTTT (If This Than That – FREE on IOS / Android / Web) to save your favourite tweets to Pocket for reading over the weekend. Do the same with Feedly’s RSS reader. When you’ve had time to read the articles, save the best ones from Pocket to Evernote via this recipe.
*Note: This is a very popular recipe used by editors and writers and was one of the more creative uses of IFTTT when it first came out.
This simple solution lets you use Twitter as a bookmarking tool to save headlines that you might not have time to read when you’re scrolling through your phone in the day and makes a an overwhelming amount of information more accessible by breaking it down into smaller pieces.
Bonus: Here is Kevan Lee from Buffer’s Feedly Reading List!
Fave tip: Automate anything you need to do more than once. Jamie writes a lot about automation on his own blog and is also a big fan of using a text expander. Micro-automating snippets of text does take a while to get used to, and it may not seem like a big deal but it adds up.
These experts reduce their digital complexity and get things done by automating repetitive tasks, having simple but structured workfows and eliminating emails and meetings.
“Learning to ship work that isn’t perfect—work that will never be perfect—is hard to get used to. But it’s part of a decision to make progress each day, share it with the world, and grind some more.” – Seth Godin
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This series has been running since end of 2012, with an interview conducted every week. That’s at least 150 interviews. However, there isn’t an index of those interviews. Even the Best Of Guides is not an efficient way to decide which ones are good to read. So I decided to hack the Lifehacker website for all the ‘How I Work’ interviews so that I could rank them by social shared count! Lifehacker fans will love the result. Check out my Hacking Lifehackers How I Work post here!