Buffett’s Productivity Hacks
October 16, 2014 Leave a comment
One day Buffett went up to his pilot named Steve and jokingly said to him that “the fact that you’re still working for me tells me I’m not doing my job.You should be out going after more of your goals and dreams.”
To help him with that, Buffett asked Steve to list the 25 most important things he wanted to do in his life.Then Buffett asked Steve to review each goal and choose the five most crucial ones.After considering a moment, Steve drew circles around five fantastic goals, confirming with Buffett that yes, indeed, they were his highest priorities.
“And the rest?What about these other 20 things on your list that you didn’t circle?” Buffett asked. “What is your plan for completing those?” Steve knew just what to say.”Well, the top five are my primary focus but the other 20 come in at a close second,” the pilot said. “They are still important so I’ll work on those intermittently.”
Buffett suddenly turned serious.”You’ve got it wrong, Steve,”he said.”Everything you didn’t circle just became your ‘avoid at all costs’ list. No matter what, these things get no attention from you until you’ve succeeded with your top five.”
Similarly, Buffett once urged Bill Gates to keep his schedule as clear as possible, keeping himself free of the crush of requests that come to a person of Gates and Buffett’s stature.
“You’ve gotta keep control of your time,” Buffett said, “and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life.”
And with figuring out your priorities -and sticking to them -you can set your own agenda.