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The end of incessant, boring meetings?

Only 41 percent of items on a to-do list are done, says entrepreneur and author Kevin Kruse.

Perhaps that’s why highly productive people do not use to-do lists.

Kruse, who is based in the Philadelphia area, interviewed more than 200 ultra-productive people and discovered 15 surprising things – and one of them is that they do not use to-do lists.

“Highly productive people put everything on their calendar and then work and live from that calendar,” Kruse writes in an article for Forbes. (For the story, click here.)

Among the other habits that he gleaned after interviewing seven billionaires, 13 Olympic athletes, 20 straight-A students and more than 200 successful entrepreneurs:

-- They make it home for dinner. Imagine that – they value family, too, and practice it.

-- They process email only a few times a day, Kruse writes. They don’t check their email and/or respond 20 times an hour. Instead, he writes, “they schedule time to process their email quickly and efficiently. For some, that’s only once a day.”

-- They say “no” to almost everything. According to Kruse, billionaire Warren Buffet once said, “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything. And James Altucher colorfully gave me this tip, ‘If something is not a ‘Hell, YEAH! Then it’s a ‘no!’ ”

-- They avoid meetings at all costs. According to Kruse, Mark Cuban told him that he never takes meetings unless someone is writing a check. Meetings are notorious time killers, Kruse writes. “They start late, have the wrong people in them, meander in their topics and run long.”

So, there you have it. I’m leaving at 5 p.m. every day. I’m ignoring all meetings. And about that story suggestion – “No!”

RANDOM SHOTS AND SECOND THOUGHTS

-- Penn State football coach James Franklin is as nice a guy as his college coach, Denny Douds of East Stroudsburg University. Douds, though, has 250 career victories while Franklin is working on back-to-back 7-6 seasons in Happy Valley. Franklin has another year, maybe two, to return Penn State to football prominence. And it says here that he does it.

-- There is as much of a chance that Ryan Lochte will go back to Brazil to face criminal charges as there is of him getting accepted to Harvard Medical School.

-- Video shows Cowboys’ rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott in a marijuana shop in Seattle. On the surface, not good, but to be blunt about it: If Elliott’s still waiting in the weed, er, weeds in the middle of the first round, draft him for your fantasy football team. He’s going to smoke the defense this year, really tear up the joint. And it’s high time Cowboys’ fans had a good running back. I’ll stop now.

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