Yoav Gonen on Staying Productive Managing a Busy Schedule

In Chapter 15 of 19 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, New York City reporter Yoav Gonen answers "What Do You Find Are the Keys to Managing a Busy Schedule and Getting Things Done?" Gonen shares how he has learned to make lists and focus on incremental progress achieving three to-do list items each day. As days and weeks pass, he is able to work through challenges large and small and feel more in control of his life. Yoav Gonen is a reporter and City Hall Bureau Chief for the New York Post

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