Red: What Highly Productive People Can Tell Us About Getting Things Done

Time management skills you need to hear

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There isn’t a day that goes by that we yank our to-do list out of our bags on a Friday morning and realise we’ve got 50 things to-do before we can pour ourselves a glass of wine and officially call it the weekend.

No surprises then that the idea of a 40-hour working week is becoming a thing of the past.

According to recent studies, one third of managers in the UK report that their hours have increased in the last five years, and let’s not get into why it’s actually bad for our (mental and physical) health.

So, just as we’re whittling down that epic to-do list, we need some serious productivity inspiration from our favourite power-women.

MARRISA MAYER, Yahoo

‘Success is never getting to the bottom of your to-do list.

SHERYL SANDBERG, COO, Facebook

‘I carry a notebook and pen around to keep track of my to-do list, which, at Facebook, is like carrying around a stone tablet and chisel.’

NICOLA MENDELSOHN, ex-vice-president EMEA, Facebook

‘I was never defined by my working hours, I was defined by what I produced. That is what we need and we need to be respectful of the best way people work. I think businesses have to think about the best way to retain talent.’

NATALIE MASSENET, founder, NET-A-PORTER and entrepreneur

‘Just take one step, and one step, and one step. I do get stressed, but I try to make lists, pick out priorities, and focus. I think, Just keep doing your best. You don’t have to be superhuman. No one else is superhuman, either.’

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON

‘My single most effective trick for getting things done is to stop doing what I’m doing and get some sleep.’

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