How to Be More Productive & Get More Out of Your Day

how to be more productive

In today’s digital world, we’ve all got a million things on our to-do lists. From catching up on emails, to picking up the dry cleaning, and everything in between, the list never seems to shrink. Even with all this technology we have to make our lives easier, there’s still never enough time in a day to get everything done.

But look at Dave Balter. He’s the newly appointed Head of Global Investments, the Executive Chair of BzzAgent and Smarterer, an angel investor with Boston Seed Capital, the cofounder of, and he has time to run 10ks (it only takes him 52 minutes and 9 seconds) and be a father.

Diane Hessan, the CEO of Communispace, has been busy tripling the revenue of the company over the last four years, and sits on the boards of Tufts University, Panera Bread, Governor Deval Patrick’s Council on Innovation, the Advertising Research Foundation, Horizons for Homeless Children, and The Boston Philharmonic, just to name a few.

And then there’s Aaron White, who when he’s not working on his latest side project, is currently a VP at Venrock and the former CTO of Boundless. Aaron uses a virtual personal assistant to help crunch through his work.

No matter how many tasks we think we have, there are always little tips and tricks that can help us get more work done in a day. Sound too good to be true? Ben Rubin, cofounder of Revv, a company dedicated to helping you get more out of life will teach you how to be more productive in his class on Productivity Hacks at on Monday, July 29.

We’ve rounded up a few productivity hacks that you can immediately apply to your own life and get work done faster. Read on below.

Productivity Hack #1: Skip the to-do list and instead schedule specific times in your day to accomplish your tasks.

While to-do lists are great at mapping out the tasks you need to take care of, they never seem to get completely crossed off. To work around it, schedule specific times in your day that you’ll dedicate to tackling each project. It’s a better way to manage your time and to make sure you cross everything off that list.

Productivity Hack #2: When checking email, remember OHIO — Only Handle It Once.

This hack comes from Erin Schulte, senior editor of Fast Company. As she writes in an article on productivity hacks, When it comes to checking email, don’t put off answering them until later. If you answer it right away, it will be out of sight and out of mind, allowing you to free up more time to do other more important things later.

Productivity Hack #3: Go to bed earlier or on time.

While this may sound counter-intuitive, getting a good night’s rest is essential to keep you staying awake and focused throughout the day, and the more awake and focused you are, the more work you can crush.

Want to learn more productivity hacks to get more out of your day? Join Ben Rubin on July 29th for his class! 

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