Submitted by P2P on Mon, 07/04/2016 - 22:08


  1. Learn to say "No" - You need to say no to the good, to accept the best.

  2. Sleep at least 8-9 hours - There is already a myriad of research linking health, performance and sleep.

  3. Don't be a night owl - Avoid working 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. if possible and instead only work 5 a.m.- 10 p.m., it will help your body maintain rhythm and consistency 

  4. Stop multitasking - Trying to complete multiple tasks at once sounds clever but in reality our brain's are not built to do so. Focus on doing one task well opposed to a few halfheartedly. 

  5. Take more breaks -  Even those with discipline can only focus on a task for a 15 - 20 minute span at most. Respect your natural attention spans.

  6. Spend time in nature - Relaxing and helpful for clearing the mind, one always receives more than they seek after time spent in the natural world.

  7. Measure your results, not your time - "I spent three hours studying today" or "I was writing for five hours today." Both sound great, but what was accomplished during that time?

  8. Limit your to-do list - Differentiate between what needs to be done and what is a menial task. The Eisenhower Box seen below may help distinguish the urgency of tasks.

  9. Build routines - Settle into a structured approach to each day. It allows you to focus on what matters and maximize creative energy. Zuckerberg wears the same clothes to work every day for this exact reason.

  10. Reflect what you’re wasting time on and how you can improve - Schedule periodic mediation or time dedicated solely to reflection on your goals and ways you might improve

  11. Exercise daily even if you think you have no time - The physical and mental benefits of exercising cannot be understated. There is even recent evidence indicating running helps neuron growth.

  12. Believe you can do it - Determination and self-confidence are priceless traits that often distinguish the good, from the truly great.


Patience to Perfection and the Eisenhower Box