It's not uncommon to have an unproductive day. If these days happen too often though, we can quickly get behind on our goals. Here are four people who help entrepreneurs and leaders be more efficient with their time so they can achieve what they want:
Jason Fried, Founder, CEO, Basecamp.com @jasonfried
Jason Fried is a constant source of insight for entrepreneurs about productivity, team building, and project organization. You can read, listen, or watch via podcasts, Medium, and YouTube, or get advice in a tweet. Fried recently posted: "It's not about knowing your limits. It's about knowing your interests. Being very clear with yourself about what you *don't* want. I often put more energy into preventing things I don't want to happen from happening, than I do encouraging things I want to happen to happen." It's this type of reflection that leaves you with something to ponder, and then invites you to check out one of his channels to do something about it. His latest book, It Doesn't Have To Be Crazy At Work, is available for pre-order and available in fall 2018.
Lisa Feldman Barrett, author, How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain @lfeldmanbarrett
Lisa Feldman Barrett is a neuroscientist and psychologist who speaks and writes about our emotions--she believes that we aren't our thoughts because our brain creates our emotions. Her TED Talk is a good introduction to her work, and her book, How Emotions Are Made, is a more detailed perspective on the topic. She said, "identifying basic emotions in others - like fear, sadness or anger - seems instinctive, but we're doing more guesswork than we think." Her work is important for two reasons: to learn how to build emotionally intelligent teams, and how to avoid unproductive behaviour that can manifest in self-doubt. When we get out of our head and dismiss negative thoughts, we're able to re-focus on what we need to do.
Shane Parrish, founder, Farnam Street, @farnamstreet
Each week Shane Parrish delivers his newsletter, Brain Food: a collection of articles with insights on how to think better, be more productive, and grow as a person. His work evolves around mental models to make intelligent decisions, and on his website Farnam Street, you'll have more than 100 to learn from--he said the idea was inspired by Charlie Munger, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. Parrish recently launched, Jobs for Smart People. He describes it as, "the best place to find and list jobs for the most thoughtful people in the most interesting disciplines."
Marie Forleo, motivational speaker, @marieforleo
Marie Forleo is an American life coach who helps people get what they want. Her recent videos: How to Prioritize, with one tip that can refocus your schedule when you feel overwhelmed, and Why No One Praises You and How To Change It. Forelo is straightforward and real about the journey as an entrepreneur. As she recently tweeted, "Mistakes are inevitable, but recovering with grace is a skill," and on the topic of how we spend our time, "time is our most precious non-renewable resource. The only person responsible for how it's invested, is you." If you like to listen and learn on your commute, tune into more than 100 podcasts from Forelo covering how-to topics and interviews with entrepreneurs.