5 lessons from extremely productive people to start your year off right
So you find yourself in the last place you thought you'd be — in a career rut, where inspiration is a struggle and you're locked in a paralysis, unsure how to make it better. Take heart; we've all been there at one time or another. To break the logjam, we looked to five big influencers who will help you feel more inspired and boost your productivity.
Warren Buffett: Limit your focus
The Sage of Omaha helped his pilot (allegedly) chart a more ambitious life plan with the 25-5 rule. You start by listing your top 25 goals and dreams. Then, choose the top 5 and rank them. As for the other 20? They don’t matter, Buffett says. In fact, they should be avoided.
Mark Zuckerberg: Start the year off strong
To give your biggest projects a fast start, begin with things that come easily or are even fun, says the founder of Facebook. That early sense of progress just may give you the momentum to get through the toughest steps.
Barack Obama: Save your energy for decisions that matter
So many decisions lie at the feet of the Commander in Chief. Since the human brain can handle only so many decisions a day before it gets weary, he eliminated less important ones so he’d have plenty in his reserves. For example, he put limits on his diet and wore only gray or blue suits.
Winston Churchill: Start working when you’re fresh
If you're a fan of "The Crown," you may have noticed many scenes featuring the legendary prime minister working in bed. This actually reflects his real-life habit: He woke up and dove right into his tasks for three or four hours — in bed! However, sleep experts will tell you it’s important to use your bed only for sleeping, so if this plan appeals to you, modify it. Get up and leap into the important stuff while in your pajamas, before you jump into the morning routine.
Oprah Winfrey: Don’t give up
Back in 2013, she had these sage words for Harvard’s graduating class: “There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”
No matter what happens, it’s always important to remember every success story has tales of stumbles and falls and lulls. Your career is a marathon, not a sprint. Take a step in the right direction, keep moving, and one day, this too shall pass.