Not to beat a dead horse, but people like Musk will be the first to tell you to sort out a schedule for yourself ASAP.
Your time is your most valuable possession and it must be used as efficiently as possible.
Set goals and then break them down into more manageable chunks, if needed.
Avoid pointless meetings and conversations, for example.
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And finally, people like Elon Musk know the importance of staying focused. While it is relatively easy to set goals, sometimes staying focused on them can be daunting.
Learn to figure out what you want and why. And etch the reasons into your memory, or use a myriad of aide-mémoires .
In order to become a high-achiever like Musk , you will need to learn to question yourself constantly.
Could I be wrong? What am I not seeing here? Is there a better way of doing this? What mistakes did I make in the past, and what did I learn?
Musk is all about continuous improvement of the self. Study and judge yourself regularly.
Throughout your college life, and professional life thereafter, you will have many things that attempt to demand your attention and time.
In order to make headway, you must develop the ability to prioritize -- Afterall why obsess over getting an A if you don't really need it?
Musk has seen some amazing success in his time. From Paypal to Tesla it may seem that everything he touches turns to gold.
Opinions. Everybody has them but few are worth their salt.
If you know what you want, go for it. Ignore the naysayers.
"I tend to approach things from a physics framework. And physics teaches you to reason from first principles rather than by analogy. So I said, OK, let’s look at the first principles. What is a rocket made of? Aerospace-grade aluminum alloys, plus some titanium, copper, and carbon fiber. And then I asked, what is the value of those materials on the commodity market? It turned out that the materials cost of a rocket was around 2 percent of the typical price—which is a crazy ratio for a large mechanical product."
Don't hold large meetings, except if they are providing value to everyone. Then keep the meeting short.
A typical meeting should involve no more than 4 - 6 people. Before you send out your next invite list ask: Who on this list will add (or receive) the most value? Is there anyone who doesn't need to be there?
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