Pomodoro TechniqueBreaking work into 25 minute intervals followed by short breaks.
Parkinson's LawThe theory that work expands to fill the time available. In other words, short deadlines improve productivity.
Creativity of ConstraintsThe theory you can often do more with less – impose constraints that keep work simple and short.
PrioritizationPrioritize tasks based on urgency, value, complexity and the risk that they will fail.
80/20 RuleThe theory that 80% of results come from 20% of effort. Suggests that perfectionism ruins productivity.
Zeigarnik EffectThe theory that incomplete tasks are more memorable than complete ones. Applies to memory related productivity such as learning.
FlowA state of complete immersion in the task at hand such that time flies by.
Two-Minute RuleAny task that can be completed very quickly should be done immediately to clear it.
Last Responsible MomentLeaving decisions and planning until they really need to be done.
Ship OftenThe practice of regularly updating products to get real world feedback.
Worse is BetterThe principle that adding more to things can actually reduce their value.
Eat That FrogTackle unpleasant tasks first and your other work will feel easy.
BatchingGroup similar work together.
Mise en PlaceThe practice of organizing your workspace for productivity.
Time BlockingBlocking time to focus on things. For example, clearly setting time for work and family.
MultitaskingA theory popular in the 1990s that doing many things at once is productive. This is quite unfashionable now.
Respect for TimeThe principle that you view time as a precious resource not to be wasted.
Time PressureDeadlines that increase work intensity.
Time BoxingSetting a strict limit on a task to avoid time sinks.
BacklogMaintaining a list of everything you’d like to do with the expectation that only high priority items will ever be completed.
Automating ToilAutomating work you find unpleasant or low value.
Continuous ImprovementExperimenting with new ways to do things and scaling what works.
MotivationBuilding up an intense desire to do things may increase your energy towards them.
Self-DisciplineCultivating the discipline to work hard even when not motivated to do so.
Handling AmbiguityMaking a reasonable decision when there is information missing. Helps you to move ahead.
PragmatismBeing flexible to deal with real world problems and get things done even if results are somewhat imperfect.
Productive AssumptionsSetting assumptions that improve your productivity as opposed to realistic assumptions.