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Time-management tips from the productivity expert who trains Google executives

An employee rides her bike past a logo next to the main entrance of the Google building in Zurich
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Efficient.
Lila MacLellan
By Lila MacLellan

Quartz at Work reporter

Laura Mae Martin has been a natural task optimizer since childhood. Making cookies with her sister, she would insist on an assembly line system. Efficiency is her idea of fun.

Now Martin is Google’s in-house, self-taught productivity trainer, leading a team of 15 others and working as an advisor to executives in a role that she invented for herself using the 20% of paid time that “Googlers” can dedicate to a personal project.

Previously, while in a variety of sales and administration jobs at Google, she would frequently share tips about gmail organization and productivity. One day an executive she was informally coaching said, “Your skill is obviously the way you think about this, and gmail is just your tool,” Martin says.

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