Productivity hacks from Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos & Warren Buffett. Use them to skyrocket your productivity to get more done in less time:
Richard Branson – Get up early and do your morning routine
“Over my 50 years in business, I have learned that if I rise early I can achieve so much more in a day, and therefore in life.”
Richard Branson’s productivity hacks include waking up early. He wakes up at 5AM every day and has a consistent morning routine. He spends the time exercising , planning and getting a headstart on the day. Think about how much more you would get done in a day if you woke up just 1 hour earlier?
He also argues if you want to be more productive you start with the fundamentals. Be punctual.
“If you want to be more productive, then start at the start: get there on time. Whether it is a meeting, a flight, an appointment or a date, ensure you are there when you say you will be there. This may feel like an old-fashioned tip to give, especially in a series titled Productivity Hacks, but it has served me well for five decades in business.”
He argues that if you fall behind schedule it can be hard to get back on track again.
But he also adds that it doesn’t mean rushing around to fit your rigid schedule, he explains that :
“Being on time doesn’t mean working to a strict, rigid schedule. It means being an effective delegator, organiser and communicator.”
Jeff Bezos – Reverse engineer your goals using a single measurable metric
When Amazon bought the Washington post an employee asked Bezos about his goals regarding headcount, he responded:
“there are no extra points in business for growing headcount. The goal is not to grow headcount; the goal is to serve readers, and then you work backwards from there”
Reverse engineering goals is not a new concept, but it’s one that often gets overlooked. By focussing intensely on one metric and one goal it makes it far easier to make decisions and say no to distractions that don’t serve your core purpose.
Mark Zuckerberg – Avoid decision fatigue
“I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous in my life so that I can dedicate all my energy to building the best products and services.”
Much like the late Steve Jobs, Zuckerberg knows that it takes willpower and energy to make decisions. Even decisions as simple as what clothes to wear or what to eat for breakfast expend energy. Zuckerberg’s productivity hack is simply to avoid decision fatigue. Zuckerberg often wears the same type of clothes each day and has many parts of his routine that he can do on autopilot without expending energy.
You will find that the best entrepreneurs in the world always serve a purpose greater than themselves, and Mark is no different. His commitment to serving his communities needs at every level is what has made Facebook so successful.
Warren Buffett – Focus intensely on just 5 goals
“No. You’ve got it wrong, Mike. Everything you didn’t circle just became your Avoid-At-All-Cost list. No matter what, these things get no attention from you until you’ve succeeded with your top 5.”
This is a quote from Buffett’s conversation with his pilot about his career goals. When Buffett asked the pilot Flint to reduce his career goals from 25 to 5 he responded :
“Well, the top 5 are my primary focus, but the other 20 come in a close second. They are still important so I’ll work on those intermittently as I see fit. They are not as urgent, but I still plan to give them a dedicated effort”
Buffett told him to give them no attention whatsoever until the top 5 goals were complete. The real lesson here is having laser focus and not getting caught overwhelmed by the many goals we have in our lives. Laser focus is one of many Warren Buffett productivity hacks that have allowed him to be so successful.
“The man who chases two rabbits, catches neither. – Confucius”
Elon Musk – Use smart multitasking to get more done
“To get through the day, Musk relies on two stimulants: caffeine and a desire to help humanity colonize Mars.”
Apart from Elon’s incredible work ethic and passion for the problems he’s solving, he has a secret weapon : His multitasking.
He emails with his children on his lap, has lunch whilst conducting a meeting, and according to an interview, he often takes long showers which he uses to plan most of his work.
Elon even Joked,
“I do a lot of email — very good at email. That’s my core competency”
But, instead of using productivity apps and planners , Elon has amazed people with his detailed memory, which allows him to internalise to-do lists and predict project timelines easily.