From Google’s Time Management To Shorter Emails: This Week’s Top Leadership Stories

This week’s top Leadership stories may help you craft shorter emails, a better-designed workday, and smarter to-do lists.

This week we learned how one Googler “designs” his time rather than manages it, why writing shorter emails can improve your workday, and what it takes to turbocharge your to-do list.


These are the stories you loved in Leadership for the week of March 14.

1. This Googler Explains How To Design Your Time Rather Than Manage It

“‘Managing’ time starts from the premise that your workload is going to be what it’s going to be, and the best you can do is keep it ‘manageable,'” one Google employee explained this week. Here’s his approach to breaking your work duties into four “quadrants” in order to create a more well-designed workday.

2. Why 2016 Is The Year Of The Hybrid Job

Technical chops and people skills are inching into closer proximity in today’s workplace, according to a recent Bentley University study. This week we learned which changes are bringing that about and what it takes to stay versatile.

3. What Happened When 13 Workers Quit Email For A Week

Researchers at the University of Colorado–Boulder asked 13 office workers to do the impossible: go cold turkey off email for five workdays. Here’s what it felt like to be off the grid for a week–and what it was like returning to an untended inbox afterward.

4. The Life-Changing Magic Of Shorter Emails

Not only does no one like a nine-paragraph email, no one reads it. Sometimes it’s actually harder to craft a shorter note, but with these three simple rules in place, you can start reaping the benefits in your workday and even your career.

5. Use This Formula To Overhaul Your Totally Worthless To-Do List

Most to-do lists clump a wide range of tasks together–from the long-term and difficult to the quick but neglected. This week author David Nour showed us how to straighten things out by ranking our to-do items by their relative urgency, seriousness, and likelihood of worsening if ignored.