How to work in such a way that the results of your activity delight both your boss and you personally? Advice from the most successful people on Earth!
Communicate by e-mail and messengers
Communication often interferes with productive work. You are wasting time on communication – and do not have time to do what you wanted.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates actively promotes business communication exclusively by email. The main innovator of our time, the creator of Tesla electric vehicles and spaceships, Elon Musk, says the same:
“I’m very good at writing emails.”
The less you spend on the phone and in meetings, the more time you will have to focus on more important tasks.
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Musk is convinced that we must constantly question our productivity. Ask yourself, “Can I do this and that even more effectively”? Trust us – we always have room to grow.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg agrees with him. He frankly “scores” on everyday problems like what to wear to work. As a result, Mark comes to the office in a simple T-shirt, in which another person will be ashamed to go out into the street – and takes up solving serious problems.
An even more telling example in this regard is the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. As you know, he always wore the same clothes. Jobs chose glasses from the German brand Lunor in a frame from Robert Mark, a hundred turtlenecks for him “for life” were sewn by the Japanese tailor Issey Miyake back in the 80s of the last century, jeans were always only Levi’s 501, and Steve bought sneakers only from New Balance (models 990, 991, 992 and 993).
But what about Jobs – the same Albert Einstein all his life wore the same gray suit and did not comb his hair, and former US President Barack Obama always appears in public only in a gray or black suit.
Don’t waste time looking for trendy outfits for all occasions. Shape your style, stick to it, and spend time doing something more rewarding.
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Get rid of multitasking
Research shows that the human brain, with all its desire, does not know how to do things at the same time. All he can do is switch between tasks. As a result, as you might guess, we waste more resources and do worse at work.
What to do? Concentrate and do things in turn :).
Bill Gates biographer writer Cal Newport notes the amazing ability of the Microsoft founder to focus absolutely all his attention on one or two tasks for an extended period of time. It was this habit that allowed Gates to create a multi-billion dollar business in just a few months, and then become the richest man in the world.
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And here is a productivity strategy from American business tycoon Warren Buffett. It uses a three-step approach (also called the “two-list” strategy):
Step 1 – make a list of 25 goals. It can be anything – goals for building a successful career, for an upcoming project or business for the current week / month.
Step 2 – Review the resulting list, highlight the 5 most important goals, and write them down in a new, separate list. Here are your Top 5 goals.
Step 3 – focus on doing things from the Top-5 section, take the other 20 only after completing the main thing. Buffett calls these two dozen things a distraction.
The advantages of this approach are obvious. If you focus on a few key tasks, you can achieve more.
… Today, being productive and efficient is easier than ever before in human history. We offer computers, smartphones and countless applications for all occasions. They predict our next steps, optimize, prioritize and do the chores for us. As a result, we have more time, we are less tired and can do more.
It is vital for each of us to set our own priorities, stick to them, and keep distractions to a minimum. Only in this way can we achieve what we want more than anything else.