When James and Danielle founded Leave Me Alone in 2019, they found themselves hurtling headfirst down the well-trodden path of tech entrepreneurship. It’s a journey where productivity isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a way of life and essential to the success of your business. Over the years, the duo has navigated the highs and lows of building and scaling a tech startup, learning valuable lessons along the way.

James and Danielle's Five Best Productivity Lessons For Fellow Techpreneurs

In this blog post, Danielle and James share with you five productivity lessons that they cite as instrumental in their journey so far. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, a seasoned business owner, or simply someone looking for advice on how to boost your efficiency, these lessons are appropriate for anyone striving to maximize their time.


“One of the most important productivity lessons we've learned is the art of prioritization. As a tech entrepreneur, your brain and your stakeholders’ brains are constantly switched on, throwing you new tasks, ideas, and opportunities. It's easy to get overwhelmed and spread yourself too thin. That's why it's crucial to prioritize ruthlessly and focus on what truly matters.

I've found that the best way to prioritize is to identify the tasks that will have the biggest impact on your business goals. This means saying no to distractions and learning to delegate tasks that don't align with your core objectives. By focusing your time and energy on high-priority tasks, you'll be able to make significant progress towards your goals.”


“In the world of tech entrepreneurship, automation is your best friend, and it’s a technology that’s just getting better and better from a productivity perspective. Automating repetitive tasks not only saves you time but also reduces the risk of human error. Whether it's streamlining your customer support processes or automating your social media posting schedule, there are countless tools and platforms out there to help you automate almost every aspect of your business.

In fact, Leave Me Alone is a good example of an automation tool that helps productivity. Our platform automatically scans your inbox for newsletters and promotional emails, collating them in our dashboard and allowing you to unsubscribe from unwanted emails with a single click. We also enable our users to Rollup emails that they want consolidated into a daily digest and offer an inbox screening service to protect you from unwanted mail going forward. By automating these processes, we've helped thousands of users reclaim their inbox and focus on more important tasks.”


“As a tech entrepreneur, it's easy to fall into the trap of working 24/7, and setting realistic and enforceable boundaries is crucial to productivity and the longevity of the business. From the early stages of Leave Me Alone, we always centered our approach on not overworking. The nature of a startup is that there is always more work to be done, but we wanted to work so that we could live rather than the other way around. We’ve learned over the years that burning yourself out is not sustainable in the long run for you or your business. That's why it's essential to set boundaries and establish a healthy work-life balance.

Boundaries can mean different things for different people. For some, it might mean establishing strict working hours and sticking to them. For others, it might mean taking regular breaks throughout the day to recharge and avoid burnout. For us, working from a sailing boat, it might just mean spending the evening at a beach bar with a cold beer, talking about anything except the business.

Whatever form it takes, setting boundaries is essential for maintaining your physical and mental well-being, allowing you to show up as your best self in both your personal and professional life.”


“As a tech entrepreneur, you'll inevitably be presented with countless opportunities, partnerships, and collaborations. While it's tempting to say yes to everything, we’ve learned over the years that sometimes saying no is the most productive thing you can do. Not every opportunity is worth pursuing, and not every partnership is a good fit for your business.

We often have prospective customers who reach out and say, ‘We are considering signing up for your service, if only you offered ‘X,’ then I would definitely purchase.’ Danielle and I will then work hard to build the required ‘X’ and reach out to them to let them know. They’ll respond, ‘Oh wow, that’s great, but actually we also need ‘Y,’’ and so on until we give up. They’re never going to purchase. We have now learned to say NO to everyone who isn’t already a fee-paying customer. People who aren’t paying tend to have ‘no skin in the game’; therefore, their feedback isn’t as useful.

Learning to say no is always going to be challenging, especially when you're afraid of missing out or letting people down. However, saying no allows you to stay focused on your pre-established priorities and avoid spreading yourself too thin. It's better to say no to opportunities that don't align with your goals than to say yes and risk diluting your focus and energy.”


“In the world of tech entrepreneurship, time is your most valuable resource. That's why it's essential to invest in tools and technologies that streamline your workflow and help you work more efficiently. Whether it's project management software, collaboration tools, or productivity apps, the right tools can make a world of difference in your productivity levels.

At Leave Me Alone, we've developed a suite of tools designed to help users reclaim their inbox and streamline their email management processes. From our email unsubscription service to our Inbox Shield feature, we help provide entrepreneurs with the tools they need to stay productive and focused on growing their businesses.

Here are our five favorite tools to help improve your productivity.”


In conclusion, productivity is essential for success in the world of tech entrepreneurship. By prioritizing ruthlessly, embracing automation, setting boundaries, learning to say no, and investing in the right tools, you can maximize your efficiency and make the most out of your time. As you navigate the ups and downs of building and scaling your startup, remember these productivity lessons and watch your business thrive.

If you’re in the process of starting up your own tech business and would like to dig a little deeper into our experience, feel free to reach out on X directly to James or Danielle (or both!).