An opera-playing exec’s guide to getting it all done


Kabir Sehgal recently had to figure out how he would record a jazz opera about the European financial crisis while readjusting to a corporate leadership job after an active-duty military deployment. He turned, as he writes in Harvard Business Review, to three of his favourite time-saving tactics. First, he went on a short-term news diet, cutting out social media and news outlets to save 16 hours per week. He also switched his phone to greyscale mode, which “turned a mental switch” and made it less appealing. Lastly, he scheduled his email to arrive and depart at certain times, slowing the tempo of his written communications.

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