One of the highlights on my week is getting the weekly Quora summary. There’s always something interesting and this week there was a question that spoke to me. The question was simple: “I am in my late 20s, and feel I have wasted a lot of time. Is it too late?” As someone in their late twenties it’s easy to constantly ask yourself this question. This self doubt does occasionally become a factor (interestingly less and less as I get older) but these responses should give you motivation to achieve anything. Here’s a comic posted on the site but please do yourself a favour and read the rest of the answers here. The James Altucher answer is, as always, totally brilliant.
Productivity when you’re running a tech startup is difficult. It’s so easy to get caught up tweeting or using Facebook to promote your product while at the same time hustling for users and advertisers. How do you stay productive when you need to juggle tons of roles and responsibilities? Four startup founders share some wisdom through a great threat on Quora:
Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook and Asana
Moskovitz says: “One of my favorite hacks is No Meeting Wednesdays, which we borrowed from Facebook. With very few exceptions, everyone’s calendar is completely clear at least one day out of the week. Whether you are a maker or a manager, this is an invaluable tool for ensuring you have some contiguous space to do project work. For me personally, it is often the one day each week I get to code.”
Rob Rawson, founder of Staff.com and TimeDoctor.com
Rawson offers an email hack for Gmail users: “My favorite hack is actually one I found quite recently, which is a Gmail Labs feature that helps me significantly with my productivity. It is called Auto Advance, and basically it will automatically show the next email when you archive the current email. This helps you keep to a zero inbox policy and prevents you from reading emails multiple times. It trains you to be much more productive with your emails.”
Gokul Nath Sridhar, founder and CEO of Inu
Srindar’s suggestion hinges on leveraging your time on the go (and a bit of irony, given it’s a Quora answer). He writes:
Do not waste on-desk time.
Check emails on the go.
Phone in silent mode and offline on Facebook/Skype while working.
Use do-it-later services like Pocket, to reduce time wasted in visiting distracting but interesting websites.
Not even dare open Quora.
Paul DeJoe, “Least Valuable Person” (a.k.a. CEO) at Ecquire.com
DeJoe keeps his advice incredibly simple: “I don’t have a Facebook account.”
Roman Grigorjev, the London-based CEO of GuessMate.me, agrees that’s a good strategy–partially. He advises: “Partially quit Facebook. Go to [organize friends] and move everyone from ‘friends’ to ‘acquaintances.’ You would still be getting updates, but instead of ‘check out what I ate for breakfast,’ you will only be shown the most important stuff.”