CNNMoney had an interesting story today about how the worlds richest man get’s things done. A big part of his process seems to be filtering out distractions from reaching his goals…
If you look at this office, there isn’t much paper in it. On my desk I
have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag
items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display
area, you’ll never go back, because it has a direct impact on
The screen on the left has my list of e-mails. On the center screen is
usually the specific e-mail I’m reading and responding to. And my
browser is on the right-hand screen. This setup gives me the ability to
glance and see what new has come in while I’m working on something, and
to bring up a link that’s related to an e-mail and look at it while the
e-mail is still in front of me.
At Microsoft, e-mail is the medium of choice, more than phone calls,
documents, blogs, bulletin boards, or even meetings (voicemails and
faxes are actually integrated into our e-mail in-boxes).
I get about 100 e-mails a day. We apply filtering to keep it to that
level�e-mail comes straight to me from anyone I’ve ever corresponded
with, anyone from Microsoft, Intel, HP, and all the other partner
companies, and anyone I know. And I always see a write-up from my
assistant of any other e-mail, from companies that aren’t on my
permission list or individuals I don’t know. That way I know what
people are praising us for, what they are complaining about, and what
they are asking.