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80. Teach another person something you want to do better. 

QUOTE: 80. Teach another person something you want to do better. When I teach, I learn more than the people I’m trying to teach. (Hopefully that says more about the process of teaching than it does about my teaching abilities.) When you … Continue reading

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79. Adopt someone else's habit.

QUOTE: 79. Adopt someone else’s habit. Successful people are often successful because of the habits they create and maintain. Take a close look at the people who are successful in your field. What do they do on a regular basis? Then adopt … Continue reading

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78. Rework your workday.

QUOTE: 78. Rework your workday. Get up earlier. Get up later. Take care of emails an hour after you start work. Eat at your desk. Pick one thing you do on a regular basis, preferably something you do for no better reason … Continue reading

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77. Do the opposite of what you normally do.

QUOTE: 77. Do the opposite of what you normally do. Think of this one as the George Costanza approach. If you haven’t reached a goal, then what you’re currently doing isn’t working. Instead of tweaking your approach, change it. Pick one goal … Continue reading

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76. Change the way you measure tasks.

QUOTE: 76. Change the way you measure tasks. Over time, we all develop our own ways to measure our performance. Maybe you focus on time to complete, or quality, or end result. Each is effective, but sticking with one or two could … Continue reading

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75. Fix what you often break.

QUOTE: 75. Fix what you often break. I used to be terrible about putting meetings and phone calls on my calendar. I figured I’d get to it later, and then I never did. Then I spent way too much time, often in … Continue reading

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74. Start reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.

QUOTE: 74. Start reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. We are what we do, and what we do is based on our habits. Duhigg shows how to take bad habits and turn them into good ones–and how organizations can change their habits … Continue reading

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73. Outsource the right tasks. 

QUOTE: 73. Outsource the right tasks. I was raised to think that any job I could do myself was a job I should do myself. That’s why it took me a long time to decide the kid down the street should cut my grass. … Continue reading

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72. Start listening to ProdPod. 

QUOTE: 72. Start listening to ProdPod. Two minutes. That’s how short each episode of Ray Sidney-Smith’s ProdPod productivity podcast is. However, a lot of actionable information is packed into every episode. Recent topics include rewarding yourself for reaching your goals, Kaizen, and several book summaries. … Continue reading

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71. … and a morning routine.

QUOTE: 71. … and a morning routine. Make sure you can get to that task as smoothly as possible. Pretend you’re an Olympic sprinter and your morning routine is like the warmup for a race. Don’t dawdle, don’t ease your way … Continue reading

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