4 Odd yet effective ways the smartest people prioritize their days.

4 Odd yet effective ways the smartest people prioritize their days.

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9/8/14 5:30 AM

Working in logistics requires you to love effeciency and desire to be incredibly effective. We found these 4 tips to be very helpful in doing both in your personal lives and think you will too:

  1. Think about death. Steve Jobs believed thinking about death helped him make better decisions. In his famous 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, Jobs said that he looked in the mirror every morning and asked himself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” If the answer was “no” for too many consecutive days, Jobs knew something needed to change.
  2. Wear the same clothes every day. Leo Widrich, cofounder of Buffer, despises these daily decisions so much, he wears the same clothes every day (he owns five white T-shirts and two pairs of pants) and also eats the same dinner six times a week.Widrich believes that the fewer decisions he has to make, the better his decisions will be.
  3. Know the difference between urgent and important. 
    • An urgent task requires immediate attention and is often performed in a hurried, reactive mode. An example of an urgent task is calming the baby or attending a meeting.
    • An important task contributes to long-term values and goals and is performed in a responsive mode that leads to new opportunities. An example of an important task is planning the company’s next relationship-building mixer. Important tasks can sometimes also be urgent, but often are not.
  4. Make an "avoid at all costs" list. Warren Buffett knows that you can’t be amazing if you focus on everything you’re interested in at once. This is exactly why, to keep his focus laser sharp, Buffett advises making a list of the top 25 things you want to accomplish in the next few years. From this list, pick the top five that are most important to you.


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Topics: Performance