Being a CEO can be a tough job, and you might feel that there aren’t enough hours in a day. Especially when dealing with a budding startup, many little things strive for your attention. And at the end of the day, all that matters is productivity. The actual art of being a CEO falls in prioritizing all the essential plans and strategies accordingly. Everyone can come up with a productivity advice, but you need the working ones. So, we gathered the productivity tips from the top CEOs themselves. Here is the list of productivity tips from top successful CEOs.
Brian Halligan leaves space to think
The CEO of Hubspot said that he tries to think a lot and spend time in that instead of spending time in meetings in an interview with Business Insider. Also, he often asks his employees if they take time to think before start working on it. With loads of work to do, decisions to make and other matters, the habit of thinking helps in long term accomplishment of the goal by helping you make the right decisions. A walk through the park, lounge, or meditation can be refreshing and beneficial for your health. Resting your brain is more important than any other.
Elon musk skips hierarchical structures & deals directly
The renowned CEO of Tesla and SpaceX thinks following the chain of command can slow down a process. His email was shared in Inc.com which was sent to one of his employees where he mentions that communication should travel via the shortest path to get the job done.
He also writes about the poor communication between departments and a free flow of information between all levels solves this issue. He adds that It must be ok for people to talk directly and just make the right thing happen.
Meg Whitman makes quicker decisions
The CEO of HP enterprise said to Forbes that she takes in all the data and takes a quick decision. She adds
A fast ‘no’ is better than a long extended ‘no’ or long extended ‘yes.’ When you make mistakes, you can fix it. - Meg Whitman
The boss lady says that people get frozen thinking of the bad things and recognizing the pattern is what you essentially need.
Jeff Weiner sends fewer emails
The CEO of the world’s popular LinkedIn says that he only sends fewer emails to receive fewer emails in a LinkedIn post. He also mentioned that he felt relieved when his inbox got lighter. Despite the emails, it was the thread that was worrying him. So, he started to write emails only when it is necessary. As a result, his inbox was navigable with fewer emails. So he sticks to this rule.
Brian Chesky creates better lists
Being the CEO of Airbnb, he starts each morning with a standard to-do list.
He says in an episode of Masters of Scale that he makes a list of everything he wants to accomplish that day. And be as exhaustive as possible. He groups his day-to-day tasks and prioritizes it. Then, comes up with one action that can take care of the rest. He says “It’s like a game of leverage.”
All you need to do is repeat the same and convert 20 tasks into 3 major tasks. So, If you do three big tasks, the other 20 things will end up as outcomes of it.
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