Although the targeted audience is high level managers, Pozen’s advice will benefit anyone who wants to work smarter, not harder. He stresses the importance of identifying goals and priorities, so that you focus on results. Once you know what your key goals are, you should expend most of your effort on performing the tasks that will advance these goals. Perfectionism can be a killer if you spend too much time on your smaller, less important goals.
He offers suggestions on creating a morning routine to help free your brain for more important tasks, how to handle emails, and how to avoid meetings and, if that’s not possible, how to make meetings more effective. A top executive at a global finance firm, Pozen honed his productivity skills so he could spend more time with his family and volunteering.