He designed Facebook’s internal team productivity tool, and co-created productivity software Asana. shared his tips on how to actually get things done with users on Quora.
Here are his top tips for getting through your to-do list:
1. Optimiseyour environment
Interruptions make us work more slowly so get rid of all distractions. So turn off push notifications, close chat apps, and set your phone to do not disturb.
2. Optimise your mind
Take regular breaks. Don’t trick yourself into believing the more time you sit at a desk, the more you’re getting done.
As Rosenstein explains, people don’t procrastinate because we’re lazy; we procrastinate because the most pressing thing on our to-do list makes us uncomfortable. If this happens, be honest with yourself and what about the task is bothering you.
3. Optimise your process
Have a clear plan. Think about goals, the steps required to achieve them, and who is responsible for each step. If necessary, publicly commit to a deadline. Like pairing up to work, peer pressure is a useful way of speeding up work that doesn’t have a natural deadline.