4 Odd Yet Effective Ways to Prioritize Your Days
• Buddhist teachings encourage reflections of death with the idea that a better understanding of mortality also helps us better understand our purpose in life.
If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?
• Steve Job’s 2005 commencement speech:
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose…”
• Watch this TED talk titled “Before I die, I want to…”
You start every day with 100 decision making credits. Don’t waste them too much on clothes.
Steve Jobs wore the same jeans and black turtleneck day in and day out.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos sticks to khakis, blue shirts, and sometimes a dark jacket.
Bezos would rather spend his time figuring out how to cut prices for customers than figuring out what to wear each day.”
President Barack Obama agrees: “I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.
One of Eisenhower’s rules:
- 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.
Warren Buffett knows that you can’t be amazing if you focus on everything you’re interested in at once. 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.
Now you have two lists and Buffett suggests you “avoid at all cost” the longer one.
Allowing your second most important items into your focus only prevents big things from happening.