1. Prioritize and only do what matters. Avoid busy work and going in all directions. Say no to stuff that won’t move you towards your goals.
2. When everything is important, nothing is important. Establish a language of P1, P2, P3 -- levels of priorities. You only do some P1s in practice. Relentlessly prioritize.
3. Refuse to accept vague goals. Distill to clarity, then execute.
4. Never add new tasks in front of the queue, add them to the bottom. Complete what you are doing first.
5. Create and manage your schedule in a calendar. Use time blocks for different types of calls, meetings, heads-down work and even email, family time and workouts.
6. If it's not on the calendar, don’t do it. Don’t assume that you will be working on something unless it is on your calendar.
7. Tweak how much time you spend on what. Find the combination that works for you.
8.Regular exercise is highly recommended. Block off exercise times on your calendar, or it won’t happen.
9. Review each week ahead of time on Sunday so that you are prepared.
10. Don’t use chat clients or text messaging -- they are a big productivity killer because they disrupt your flow. Be respectful of your own time and team’s time overall.
11. Cut down on unplanned team meetings. It's OK to pull people into the conference room to brainstorm, but just make it clear this is what you are doing. Don't turn these sessions into long meetings.
12. Set a time expectation and limit for all team meetings. Typically, one hour meetings are the max. Thirty minutes is way better, unless it's a long brainstorming session, but even then, break it into chunks.
13. Be respectful of other team member’s productivity -- don’t throw in tasks on top of their queues. This sometimes happens with CEOs, who tend to ask people to just do something quickly for them. A sequence of the quick things becomes very hectic and disruptive to the team members' workflow.
14. Take care of yourself. Take breaks during the day and take time off to rejuvenate.
15. Make sure you get enough sleep (less than usual but enough). Watch out for signs of exhaustion.