Effective productivity tools for college students and young entrepreneurs

Antonia Liu
Dec 18, 2017 · 7 min read
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The One Thing Method

Another helpful tool I discovered is the “One Thing Method” by productivity expert Tim Ferriss. Tim detailed how he uses this tool in this book Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, and below is an exerpt from this book.

Most things on many people’s to-do lists are a waste of time (source)
  • Write down 3 or 5 things — and no more — that are making you the most anxious or uncomfortable. They’re often things that have been punted from one day’s to-do list to the next, to the next, and so on. “Most important” usually equals “most uncomfortable,” with some chance of rejection or conflict.
  • For each item, ask yourself the following questions:
  • “If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?”
  • “Will moving this forward make all the other to-dos unimportant or easier to knock off later?”
  • “What, if this is done, will it make all of the rest of my list easier or irrelevant?”
  • Then focus only on the items you’ve answered “yes” to — for at least one of these questions.
  • Block out at least two hours to focus on ONE of those items today. Let the rest of the urgent, but less important stuff slide. It will still be there tomorrow. TO BE CLEAR: this is ONE BLOCK OF TIME. Cobbling together 10 minutes here and there to add up to 120 minutes does not work. No phone calls or social media allowed.
  • If you get distracted or start procrastinating, don’t freak out and downward-spiral; just gently come back to your ONE to-do.3

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Author of “Hack College Like an Entrepreneur: 40 Surprising Insights from the World’s Top Founders.” Published by New Degree Press.

Hack College Like an Entrepreneur

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? How can you maximize your college experience to prepare for an entrepreneurship journey? This book is an actionable guide on hacking entrepreneurship while in college — based on insights from the world’s most successful founders.