Focus. Write down your top six priorities on a sticky note, advises best-selling author Greg McKeown, “then cross off the bottom five.” Why? The most successful leaders refuse to multitask. Instead, they maintain intense focus and excel in one thing at a time.
— Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown, Crown Business.
Curb your hours. The average full-time employee is now putting in nearly 50 hours a week, which suggests that, as a leader, you may be among the 25% who say they regularly work 60 hours. Take back your time. Set priorities, doing the most important work first. Try tracking your activity and eliminating time hogs. And manage your messages.
— Adapted from “3 Ways to Keep Your Workload From Crushing You,” Kate Ashford, Time.
Remember: Nobody’s perfect. Even dominant Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has a weak spot. The longtime team captain, who retired last year, is afraid of cats.
— Adapted from “The Bitter With the Tweet,” Lindsay Applebaum, Sports Illustrated.