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1K Email Client

Our attention span has reduced significantly. 🥸

We don’t have time to read long emails. 🤨

It’s also a bad habit and practice to write long emails. 😏

If you want to get the job done, you should write shorter emails. 🤐

But it’s hard to break our habits of writing long emails. 😕

What if we build an email client with 1K chars limit? 🤔

As a sender, you can send emails with only 1K chars long. 🤓

As a receiver, you only can read first 1K chars. 🧐

If another person sends a longer email, it auto replies – “I can only read first 1,000 chars, please resend”. 🤪

What says?

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Entrepreneurship Productivity Startup

Bias for Action

Amazon had popularized this leadership principle called “bias for action.”

I find it is not only valuable for leaders at a strategic level, but also extremely useful for individual contributors on a day to day execution level.

Speed is your biggest weapon as an early-stage startup – especially in competitive and hyper-growth businesses.

Many decisions and actions are reversible and do not need extensive thinking.

Having a bias for action means you’re not afraid to make decisions and take action, even when you face uncertainty.

The first step to develop a bias for action is to simply put down your thoughts into some document.

Write down any fact, question, concern, idea, or task that you are thinking about.

Once you write down the first sentence, writing down the next one becomes comparatively easier.

The more you write down, the more clarity you get, and the path for execution becomes clear and easier.

Every single time, when we are brainstorming new initiatives, and when things get all overwhelming, I’ve seen writing things down has worked like a charm.

That’s when I realized, “bias for action” is not some fancy leadership principle that I need to learn.

It simply starts with writing down the first sentence.

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Philosophy Productivity

Why It’s Bad Advice To Prioritize “Important” Tasks Over “Urgent” Ones

The advice on prioritizing “important” tasks over “urgent” ones is pretty well known to everyone. 

I think it’s bad advice. Or at least, it’s an incomplete one. 🤨

I don’t think it’s bad to prioritize “urgent” tasks. 🤷‍♂️

The important detail is – you should prioritize “your” urgent tasks, and not “someone else’s”. 👈

No one realizes that most often, the “urgent” tasks you respond to are someone else’s urgent needs, not yours. 🤦‍♂️

I struggle with this all the time.

Most of the day, I react to others’ urgent needs and do not make enough progress on my important tasks.

The tasks that are important to me should ideally be urgent as well. 🧐

If that’s the case, I don’t think it’s terrible to work on “my” urgent tasks.

It’s the trap of reacting to “someone else’s” urgent tasks is that I need to get better at. 😇

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Productivity

How To Overcome Your Phone Addiction

📱 Phone addiction is one of the biggest non-drug addiction in human history. 😱

Study shows excessive phone usage leads to poor lifestyle, poor physical health, and poor mental health. 😨

But how to overcome phone addiction? 🤔

Here are a few things I follow:

1. Delete most apps, and ideally disable all notifications or limit to the most basic ones. 📴

2. Schedule a time to check the phone – give as much dedicated time as you want, but don’t check reactively for random notifications. ⏱

3. Keep your phones facing down on a table when meeting friends or at home. 📲

4. Change your habits and routines when you typically use the phone with something else (read books, play chess/sudoku, talk to people). 📖

5. Introspect your phone usage, use self-talk, and keep delaying the urge of checking the phone every few minutes. 💬

Hope this will help you to:

  • overcome your phone addiction (come on, accept it you have it)
  • reduce your screen time
  • build better habits as we kick-start 2021!
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Productivity Sales

What Are Your “Posteriorities”?

As this is the beginning of the month, most of us are thinking about what tasks are our “priorities” for this month. ⚡️

But do you know what are your “posteriorities”? 🤔

“Posteriorities” are the tasks that are not urgent and are prioritized later.

But these could also be the tasks that you should never work on too – something you should prune from your list. 🤭

One of the common mistakes we often end up doing is – we start working on multiple tasks at once. 😬

The better approach is to focus on one task at a time. And when that is done, figure out the next priority task is. 

As you do take care of some priority tasks on your plate, sometimes your situations evolve and so do priories and posteriorities.

Tasks that seem important before, may not be important anymore.

As a result, you won’t waste time working on things that are not relevant anymore. 😇

And that’s how you can achieve more in less time. 🤩

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Entrepreneurship Philosophy

Work Hard, Not Just Smart

They say, work “smart” not “hard”.

The reality is – smart work is the fruit of a lot of hard work.

Hard work is how you become knowledgeable about lots of areas and an expert in a few areas to make better decisions for smart work.

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Philosophy Productivity

You Don’t Need More Time to Get Things Done

There was a task I was dragging for the last 2 years. Finally, I got it done this weekend.

So it’s not that I needed more time.

What I needed the most was – the right energy to decide to work on it.

And once I started working on it – I just needed to focus and commit until I finish it.

I hope we don’t keep telling ourselves and others the same old excuse – “I don’t have time”.

The right energy, focus, and commitment is more important than time to get things done.

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Entrepreneurship SaaS Sales Startup

Predictable Salesperson

You have probably heard of Predictable Pipeline and Predictable Revenue.

But have you heard of Predictable Salesperson?

It’s the one who builds the Predictable Pipeline to deliver the Predictable Revenue.

Predictable Salesperson believes in – “You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

She believes – how you choose to live your days is how you choose to live your life.

She’s putting in the time and effort every day to reach the success she truly wants.

She’s skipping binge-watching the new series because she’s working towards something bigger.

These are the decisions that define who a Predictable Salesperson is and how successful they become as a sales professional.

It’s about daily habits, not about the end goals.

How do you become a Predictable Salesperson?

Create a repeatable process for yourself that you can do every single day without fail.

Focus on actions you control rather than putting all the pressure on results that might not come.

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Entrepreneurship Philosophy Productivity Startup

How to Get Unstuck and Motivated?

Are you feeling stuck and not motivated enough to finish your project? Not seeing enough progress or finish line in sight?

Here’s a simple operating principle that keeps me motivated even in the most uncertain projects.

Divide your project into smaller milestones.

Yes, it’s clichéd, but it’s still surprising how often people get stuck because they focus too much on the end goal.

They get overwhelmed, stressed, and lost. And that kills their motivation.

And that’s why – you need to set smaller milestones.

Ideally, a milestone should be accomplished in a few days or max 1-2 weeks.

No milestone should be longer than 2-3 weeks. If it feels it would take longer than a few weeks, then break it again.

Smaller milestones help you get something done.

It helps you accomplish smaller victories and build momentum.

And momentum fuels your motivation and keeps you going.

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Philosophy Productivity

Why are we busier than ever?

Technically, our life should be easier than our parents’ because so much of manual work is done by machines and software.

But for some reason, we’re busier than ever.

How can this happen?

One hypothesis I have is – we’re being presented with a lot more options and opportunities in every single area of our life.

We’ve many growth opportunities at work.

We’ve many fun activities for our hobbies.

We’ve many options to stay connected with our friends and families.

We’ve many videos to watch, articles to browse, and books to read.

More, more, more…

There is only one thing that hasn’t changed from our parents’ days to ours.

And that is – each of us is born with a finite amount of time on this earth and has 24 hrs on any given day.

And it seems like figuring out how we use it wisely is one of our life’s primary activities.

And I don’t know what is the solution to this issue.

Most likely its – do, use, and aspire fewer things.

It’s easier said than done.

But nonetheless, hope it’s a good reminder for everyone.