• Do you feel like you have too much to do and not enough time to get it all done?
  • Does time seem to be slipping away on you and you feel like you’re not getting through your to-do lists?
  • Are you sick of feeling like you are overwhelmed with tasks and under-resourced?

It’s a common challenge that we all face throughout our lives. How to become more productive and achieve more.
I’m sure you’ll recall a time when you have thought about what you can do to become more productive, to make better use of your time. Well, thinking about how to become productive is the first step, but the results rely on the second step…putting things into practice.

72 CEO’s for some of the most successful start-up companies have shared their tips for becoming more productive with the time you have.

Here is a list of some of the stand-out recommendations…

  1. No Meetings Day – Co-founder of Facebook, Dustin Moskovitz suggests you block out a full day each week, banning all Meetings, giving you continuous time to get your productive-flow going and avoid interruptions.
  2. Get a Sunday Night Head Start – Bharath Kumar, co-founder at Pugmarks.me recommends working on late on a Sunday night, claiming that by Sunday Night, your weekend is over, the family are in bed, so you can get 3 – 4 hours of uninterrupted work completed, which also gives you the edge over the rest of the team when you get to the office on Monday morning.
  3. Use Technology to Delegate – Serial Entrepreneur and Technology Advisor, Matt DeCelles suggests using Technology to help you manage your task list and then to delegate to others. Matt uses in the following steps: 1 – Map out all the tasks that need to get completed in Trello.com; 2 – Delegate the tasks out to others if you can, even considering outsourcing. 3 – Add remaining tasks to a whiteboard that is highly visible and mark off as you complete them
  4. Mind Map Brain Dump – Many CEO’s subscribe to a similar approach consisting of; 1 – Spend approx 30-60 mins brain-dumping and mind-mapping a list of all tasks that you can think of that need to get completed that week, 2 – Break up the list into Days, 3 – Spend the week working through that list
  5. Aeroplane Days – Bryan Guido Hassin, a University professor and startup junkie noticed that he was most productive on long plane flights, being restricted from the internet and from the phone. At the start of each week, he now looks at his schedule, and books in an ‘Aeroplane Day’ whereby he turns off the internet, disables the phone and leaves the office to work in solitude, making this day his most productive of the entire week.
  6. 3 ‘Must’ Things a Day – Founder of Hidden Reflex, suggests a few daily steps to help you become more productive; 1 – Choose 3 – 5 things each day that you MUST get done. 2- Do the most undesirable task first, get it out of the way so you can enjoy your day. 3 – Don’t read the news or access any social networks during working periods

Consider putting some of these suggestions into practice and look for the productivity gains, remembering the difference between Productivity and Activity. Remember the big picture and stay on task.

For more detail on the CEO’s responses check out Quora.