10 Leaders and the Surprising Ways They Stay Productive

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Ram Shriram: Keep a Diary

The angel investor and founding Google board member says the best way to improve personal performance is to track it in a daily diary. In a 2005 comment to Business 2.0, he explained that the point is not to beat yourself up for mistakes—a counter-productive exercise if there ever was one—but to create a kind of manual for what has worked and what hasn't in your business. "Documenting it ensures we'll always remember it."