We’re excited to kick off our new productivity content series here at SaneBox – interviews with some of the top leaders in the tech industry and beyond. We hope you’ll be inspired by their productivity wisdom, as well as their fascinating career learnings thus far.
First up, we’re featuring Nir Eyal, who has been dubbed “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology” by the M.I.T. Technology Review. Nir is the author of the bestselling book, “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products,” an essential read for entrepreneurs looking to understand what it takes to create highly engaging products that capture widespread attention. He has founded two tech companies since 2003, and taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Nir is also active in the Silicon Valley tech scene – he serves as a contributing writer at TechCrunch, and is an active investor in habit-forming technologies. You can follow Nir on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and check out his website here.
Today, Nir shares his daily email practices, his morning and nightly routines, and how he combats bad habits that hinder his productivity – among many other things! We hope you enjoy reading and learning from Nir’s varied influence in the tech space, backed up by years of research, consulting, and practical experience. If you have any questions for Nir, please leave them in the comments section below!
As entrepreneurs, there’s always a seemingly infinite list of things to do. When one task is accomplished, another magically appears to fill its spot. If only there were more time in a day.
One strategy for handling this could be mastering time travel or becoming a wizard. For the rest of us, there are some tested and proven approaches that can help you become more focused, creative, and overall productive.
Take a look at some hacks from eight influencers who are famous for their ability to clear their productivity plates and ask for more.
We started SaneBox back in 2010 to help people take back control of their email. We had 6 rules that drove us:
- SaneBox has to be as secure as humanly possible
- The customer shouldn’t have to do or learn anything new
- SaneBox has to work everywhere people check their email
- SaneBox has to get better over time
- SaneBox has to be so valuable that people will happily pay for it
- Customer data should never be a source of revenue
These points are still as important and critical to our mission as the day we started building SaneBox. When we started, the Internet was in the freemium phase – nobody wanted to pay for anything online, and it was very unhip to charge for your web service. But, we thought that thinking was short sighted. After all, if you are not paying for the product, then you ARE the product.
Sometimes it can be tough being an employee, and it can be even tougher being an employee’s boss. We all have to deal with a tremendous amount at work—demanding customers, arcane processes, constant distraction, new policies and more leave us feeling exhausted. Spare a kind thought then for your boss. They have to deal with all that, run their teams, keep their people happy, and experience the joy of people management.
Every business thrives or fails based on its relationship with its clients. Treat clients and customers with respect and they’ll shout your name from the rooftops, recommend you to family and friends, and give you a big virtual hug in the form of more sales. Treat them poorly and you’ll have a bad time. The internet moves faster than the speed of thought, and you could see any negative relationships with consumers played out online—and no-one wants that.
If you’re a student, the chances are you will need to email a professor from time to time. Because professors are teaching large numbers of students, they get an absolute deluge of email. That’s why it’s in both your best interests to learn how to email them correctly. Trust us, taking a little time to understand the right etiquette, approach them in the correct way, and share the information they need will make life easier for both of you.
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