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Top 10 Steve Jobs Success Secrets for Insane Productivity

Top 10 Steve Jobs Success Secrets for Insane Productivity

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Top 10 Steve Jobs Success Secrets for Insane Productivity

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Focus on what matters

  • Write down the end goal.
  • Divide the goal into specific actions you need to take to get there. Think in terms of systems: focussed, routine actions that you can do daily.
  • List all your tasks and rank them according to effort and impact. This makes prioritizing tasks easier.
  • Do the highest priority task using focused, distraction-free blocks of time.
  • Keep repeating this until you achieve your goal

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Steve Jobs

“Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do. It’s true for companies, and it’s true for products."

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Seek Simplicity

  • Find out if the problem really exists, and why. This will open a path to alternative ways of solving it.
  • Some problems, which seem complex, often have simple solutions.
  • What is the surest thing in that complex problem? That becomes your First Principle, your starting point.
  • List out the possible solutions
  • Focus on one good solution while removing the rest.

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Saying NO: Steve Jobs style

  • When a request comes to you in person, pause and count to three before delivering your decision.
  • Explain that you are focused on other things right now but would love to get together when you can.
  • Request that you will check your calendar and get back to them. This will give you time to pause and assess your priorities.
  • Use Vacation responders even on days when you are at work, letting the emailers know that you are busy for a few hours doing focussed work.
  • Let your bosses know that doing the assigned task will mean less priority to the other tasks.
  • Clarify exactly what you are willing to do and what you aren't willing.
  • Suggest Someone else who might help the person in a better way.

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Find and do what you Love

  • Take a step back before starting. Do you like doing something or do you just like the idea of it being done?
  • Share your progress and test the responses and feedback.
  • A fresh approach and new niche increase the chances of success in your venture.

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Focus on the essentials of your life

  • Don't waste time on non-essential and trivial things.
  • Simply quit worrying about what other people think, and focus on your goal.

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Mastering the Message

When preparing and giving presentations:

  • Have a catchy phrase that resonates among all.
  • Get into a story-telling mode, as a good story captivates the audience.
  • Focus on three key points and no more. This is the ideal number that people can retain in their memories.
  • Use lots of pictures, clear fonts, and a few, impactful words.
  • Practice a lot, so that your presentation comes across as natural.

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Think different

  • See problems from different angles, forming associations, and links.
  • Shake things up, change random things, and you may get new ideas.
  • Practice every day to form new associations and connections.

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Delegate tasks 

  • Delegate to the right person, providing clear instructions.
  • Define outcomes and goalposts.
  • Ask for Clarification and questions.
  • Have the task explained back to you, to minimize miscommunication.

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Connect the dots

  • Keep learning: Read a book while you are idle, and you can finish 50 books a year.
  • Make a 'To Learn' list, like a new language, or skill.
  • Try to be with intellectual friends.
  • Teach: teaching forces you to look at a concept with a beginner’s mind, providing the clarity and insight you lacked.
  • Unlearn: Unlearning is as crucial as new learning, as the mind stays agile and fresh.

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Live in the Future

  • The more your knowledge, the better you can predict, plan ahead and respond to problems. Educate yourself and leverage that knowledge towards an optimal result.

  • Consider the relationship between cause and effect in every decision you make, and how each choice impacts the next one.

  • Slow down, and consider all options.
  • Observe what’s around you, evaluate choices and act with awareness.

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