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The Dos and Don’ts of Productivity

Organization is important, especially when it comes to your work life. You want to know the best ways to sort out your weekly tasks and new projects, while not overwhelming yourself. Carissa Lytle and Jara Kern, authors of THE INFOGRAPHIC GUIDE FOR ENTREPRENEURS, explain the do’s and don’ts of productivity. 


DO conclude each day by making a list of tomorrow’s to-dos and priorities. You’ll save time knowing how to pick up where you’ve left off.

DO put first things first: concentrate on the day’s biggest task first, when you’re likely to have the most energy and concentration.

DO checkpoint your to-do list by evaluating where you are and reprioritizing midmorning, midday, and midafternoon.

DO carve out head-down time for yourself. Put your phone on silent and place it across the room.

DO leave yourself a short buffer in between meetings and calls so you’re not rushing from one thing to the next.

DO learn where you do your best work. Difficult project? Need the pressure of eyeballs? Take yourself to the library or Starbucks with the commitment that you’ll meet a certain milestone.


DON’T check email reactively. Instead, check email in between tasks, focused time, or meetings.

DON’T sprinkle meetings throughout your day. Divide your time into meeting time, work time, and administrative time for maximum productivity.

DON’T skip meals or sleep—be sure to fuel yourself properly for your best work. DON’T be unrealistic about how long it will take to do something. Make sure you set aside enough time for each project or task.

DON’T wait until you start a project to make sure you have everything you need to be successful.

DON’T send work rushed or late at night—leave yourself time to look at it with fresh eyes and make sure it represents your best effort.

Find more productivity techniques in THE INFOGRAPHIC GUIDE FOR ENTREPRENEURS by Carissa Lytle and Jara Kern!

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Excerpted from THE INFOGRAPHIC GUIDE FOR ENTREPRENEURS by Carissa Lytle and Jara KernCopyright © 2019 by author. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

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