A veteran top executive at two giant mutual fund companies, the author has also been an attorney, a government official, a law school professor, and a business school professor—sometimes simultaneously. Over the years, he has devised a number of principles and practices to maximize his personal productivity without sacrificing his health or family life. In this article he presents six of them. Know your comparative advantage.

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Leaders who are shaping the future of business in creative ways. New workplaces, new food sources, new medicine--even an entirely new economic system. For Pozen, marrying an understanding of the big picture how to form and place your goals to the small picture how to bring them to bear on your schedule , is the essence of productivity. Then, needing to support his family, he became partner at a D.

However, he soon saw that the client side was more interesting, and so moved to Fidelity Investments to become general counsel in Consider, for instance, how many college guys want to become sportscasters.

Equally important is the demand side, considering what your organization and your world are looking for. Not a ton of sportscasters. The trick, then, is seeing what skills will be needed in your organization and your industry and developing them in yourself, Pozen says.

Similarly, as you navigate through the industry, you need to be informed. When you know or have an idea of what skills will be in demand, you can set upon getting them. To level up your skills, you want to always be looking for on-the-job training, whether structured or not.

Same with experience abroad—it avails international work. Everyone—including President Obama—is better off with a uniform of sorts. The first has caught on in the startup scene—meaning that you get most of your value from 20 percent of your work. If the task is important, handle it immediately. To calibrate daily activities to yearly goals, Pozen recommends a two-sided schedule. At the end of your day, plot out your time spent in two columns.

List each activity on the left and describe its purpose on the right. Drake Baer covers leadership for Fast Company. Follow him on Twitter. Events Innovation Festival The Grill. Follow us:. By Drake Baer 5 minute Read. Minimize your routine, maximize your time Everyone—including President Obama—is better off with a uniform of sorts. Impact Impact Ever been to a green sand beach? Design Co. Design Popeyes ditches its goofy branding for a buttoned-up new look Co.

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