Bob Pozen — Harvard Business School lecturer, prolific author, financial-industry heavyweight – tackles more in a month than you manage in a year (or something like that). At the top of his list for achieving peak career performance: Think carefully about what you want to get out of every project you take on. To do this, make sure that what you’re doing every day lines up with what you want to accomplish every year. Pozen swears by two neumonic tools that can help: the 80/20 rule (you get the most value from 20% of your work, so identify what’s most critical) and OHIO (only handle it once).

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