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From Sleep Habits To How Oprah Gets Stuff Done: This Week’s Top Leadership Stories

This week’s top leadership stories may get you to rethink your sleep habits, be more like Oprah, and make better lists.

This week, we learned how Oprah does everything, picked up 15 new ways to be more productive, and found out how sleep affects performance.

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Here are the stories you loved in Leadership for the week of October 12.

1. 15 Habits That Will Totally Transform Your Productivity

Some tried and true methods for staying productive can’t be beat, like getting enough sleep. But some others might take you a little more out of your comfort zone. For instance, have you considered playing musical chairs or regularly turning your smartphone all the way off?

2. The Key To Oprah Winfrey’s Success: Radical Focus

“That whole thing about multitasking? That’s a joke for me,” Oprah tells Fast Company. “When I try to do that, I don’t do anything well.” This week we learned how Winfrey runs a vast and growing media empire without losing her focus or her cool.

3. Secrets From 11 Of The Most Productive People From Oprah To Aziz Ansari

No matter who you are, time is likely one of your scarcest resources. This week we learned how execs at Google and Airbnb, a top designer, and an A-list comedian make the most of their busy days.

4. How Much Does Lack Of Sleep Really Affect Your Work?

Scientists believe the ideal amount of sleep you need to operate at your best is 7.7 hours. Too much or too little, the research says, and you’ll spend the next day in a fog. So we put that theory to a (thoroughly unscientific) test this week, using three variously well-rested Fast Company staffers–then filmed the results.

5. The Six Lists You Need To Make Every Day Productive

A well-thought-out list is a thing of beauty. But according to one expert list maker, most people “aren’t sure how to create lists that actually help . . . The key is making the right lists and being strategic in how they’re used.”

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