For the Record, An AACRAO Podcast

How to Work Smarter

October 05, 2020 Doug McKenna / Heather Abbot, Deputy Registrar, Yale Law School Season 3 Episode 6
For the Record, An AACRAO Podcast
How to Work Smarter
Show Notes

In today’s environment of constrained resources, we are all expected to be more productive. While strategic planning is important, strategic doing is where the rubber meets the road. In this episode we will talk about tools, methods, and approaches to help you focus and operate more efficiently. We’ll discuss resources for individual experimentation within the broad category of “productivity.”

Guest: Heather Abbott, Deputy Registrar, Yale Law School Email:

Key Takeaways:

  • There isn’t only one way to work efficiently and productively. Each of us operates within a different work environment or culture, and each of us responds to different approaches differently. Experiment and find what works best for you. 
  • Don’t hesitate to stop using a productivity method if it isn’t working for you. 
  • The production calendar within a registrar’s office is the annual To Do list that if you don’t consult on a regular basis you might miss something. If you don’t have a production calendar, start today! If you have one, review it regularly. 
  • Doug is bad at e-mail. 

Getting Things Done (via Toodledo)
Eisenhower Matrix (via Todoist)
Designing Your Life
Laura Vanderkam Before Breakfast podcast
Tools for Focusing:
Pomodoro method (via LifeHacker)
Strict Workflow
Building Habits:
The Power of Habit
The Checklist Manifesto
Swallow the frog
The Now Habit
Using Technology Thoughtfully:
Hurry Slowly podcast
Privacy Paradox
Honorable mentions:
Remember the Milk
Meanwhile episode on A people (give you energy) and B people (drain your energy)
The Sunday Meeting  and Zero Inbox via Kerry Ann Rockquemore
After action reviews via Mindtools  or Toggl