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Startup evangelist Anna Vital had done a fair amount of traveling, which means working from anywhere in the world, and getting as much stuff done no matter where she is.
In a post she shared on her site, Ms. Vital points out some habits shared by Steve Jobs, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg. One such habit:
They all wear the same thing every day. Barack chooses between two suits every morning – grey or navy, Zuckerberg has a drawer of 20 identical grey t- shirts. When each of them were asked why they do this, the answer is to save time and avoid making small decisions so they can be more productive.
(Note to self: need to look into the work habits of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.)
Here’s an infographic she put together, featuring a good number of tips on better productivity.
- Tune out the news. Nothing important happens most of the time, anyway
- Do not answer the phone, unless it’s a true emergency. (And even then, emergencies are rare)
- Learn to use keyboard shortcuts.
- Limit email replies to one per minute.
- If you can’t understand what an email asks, don’t answer.
- Design your fashion uniform. Wear it daily.
- Wear smart fabrics.
- Carry an all-occasion outfit with you.
- Discard what you stop using.
- Visualize your end product.
- Start before you feel ready. Avoid the chicken-and-egg mindset.
- Assume you are right, when in doubt. Being decisive is being productive.
- If you have a mind block, make a mind map.
- If you can’t write it down, record it.
- When you read something helpful, write to the author.
- Manage anxiety. Run, swim or dance.
- Sleep more. You will get more done.
- Take naps when energy runs low.
- Do easiest things first.
- Prioritize one item per day.
- Set a daily routine.
- No meetings unless they are decisive.
- Better done than perfect.
- Routinize your diet.
- Eat healthy food.
- Get delivery to save time.
- Negotiate a daily deal with your trusted cafe.
- Notice the 80/20 rule: which 20% of work produces 80% of results?
- Focus on the important. Suppress the urgent.
- Decide the outcome before even starting.
- Start an ‘Idea Dump’ book for genius ideas you can’t work on now.
- Eliminate trivial decisions, like what to wear.
- Learn to ignore. No need to respond to everything.
- Do a bad first draft. You can’t edit a blank page.
- Treat time as your money.
More on Anna Vital
Anna Vital is a lawyer, and one of the key people behind Funders and Founders– a group of startup evangelists and infographic authors, whose mission is to inspire everyone from engineers to moms to do a startup.
Ms. Vital started hacking when she was 11 (back when it was Visual Basic). She then became a Sinologist and a lawyer, and now an advocate for entrepreneurship.