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Ryan Stephens 🥃 @ryanstephens
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Once upon a time I just tried to out work everyone.

Here's my truck in the parking garage long after everyone else had left.

This was a regular occurrence pre-kiddos. Work til 7pm, go in *every* Sunday.

Now, I'm *almost* always home to see my kid by 5:30pm.

How? A thread.

The first thing to understand is that nobody cares how hard you work.

You know how many minor league baseball players worked their tails off?

A lot of them, but at the end of the day, can you hit? Can you get guys out?

The same is true for your work.

Results > Hard work.
How, then, do we go about getting similar results in LESS time?

Honestly, the #1 way to get more done is to avoid meetings like the plague.

Most of your organization's meetings are a complete waste of time.

Once you're avoiding meetings say no to other low ROI activities:
> Unnecessary e-mails
> Tasks that seem urgent, but aren't important
> Other activities that aren't advancing key metrics

And for Christ's sake, do not multitask.

There's no such thing and you're not good at it.
Saying "no" extends beyond teammates and colleagues in other depts.

Sometimes you have to say "no" to your boss, too.

Simply ask, “how am I supposed to do that?” given all the other stuff on your plate. Force them to help your prioritize the MOST IMPORTANT projects and tasks.
And before you whine that you cannot possibly say "no," just remember this Steve Jobs quote.
After you've started avoiding meetings and saying "no" to other low value activities it's important to learn the difference between speed and velocity.

Speed is the distance traveled over time. Velocity measures displacement. It’s direction-aware.
Running all over the place, attending a bunch of meetings, dipping your toes in tons of projects, worrying about how fast you respond to e-mail

All those things focus on speed.

Instead, pick the most important thing. Break into smaller chunks & get to work.

That's velocity.
Once you've identified the RIGHT thing to work on, how can you optimize for efficiency?

Here's a good formula (h/t @AdamMGrant) to keep in mind:

Law of Productivity: High Quality Work Produced = (Time Spent) x (Intensity of Focus)
And what's the best way to produce high quality work?

• Find somewhere quiet
• Minimize distractions (includes social media)
• Calendar your work sessions
• Set deadlines to increase sense of urgency

The pomodoro technique (25 mins deep work + 5 break) is my go-to.
To get a better understanding of how to leverage deep work for your benefit, I cannot endorse Cal Newport's book enough:

If you need more convincing, I've extracted 90+ Insights the book here:…

I've gotten my system DIALED IN...
... but the impetus for this tweetstorm is because of something another gentleman, @iamjustincscott has spent 1.5 years honing.

If you find yourself having trouble managing your projects, forgetting ideas, and/or being overwhelmed, I recommend you checking out Justin's course.
He walks you through how to leverage Evernote, Asana, your desktop, your browswer and even your mobile phone to build the perfect productivity system.

Want to waste less time/create more?

I recommend you check out his Ultimate Workflow Masterclass here:…
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