Productivity tips from celebrities who get stuff done

How Elon Musk gets stuff done

Whether you think of Elon Musk as a batman-esque genius or that rich guy with no manners and questionable PR practices, we can all agree that he knows how to get stuff done.

So, what’s his secret? What does a productive day in the life of Elon Musk look like?

Strict schedules

Musk is freakily intentional with his schedule. He time-boxes hours and days to be spent in a particular way and he allocates a specific amount of time to the people he deals with. And yes, this includes his family. Scheduling in family time might seem a bit robotic, but it actually makes perfect sense. It means that work doesn’t bite into family time.

Break it down

Musk loves to dabble in a bit of physics and, let’s face it,  who doesn’t? Just as pretty much anything huge in the natural world can be broken down into smaller and smaller particles,  Musk breaks his tasks into more manageable chunks. Large tasks seem a lot less daunting and a lot more doable if you reduce them into a series of smaller tasks.

Double-up tasks without multitasking

We all know that multitasking doesn’t work, unless you want to do a lot of things not very well. But double tasking is different. You’re still single tasking, but you’re making the most of your time for optimum achievement. For example, while you’re on the treadmill getting your daily 30 minutes’ exercise, why not listen to those educational podcasts you saved up? Cooking your dinner? Why not work on that assignment while the lasagne’s in the oven?

Tame that email monster

Let’s face it, even after we’ve unsubscribed from every ridiculous thing we ever signed up to, that daily email tsunami is a reality. And if we have several email addresses, then there’s no way we can stay on top of our emails without recruiting a whole team of assistants. And who’s got the cash for that? (Ok, Elon has). One way to save time and hassle is to funnel all your messages from different email addresses into one account; you can do this through Gmail, for example.

Keep to a sleep schedule

Sleep is essential for us to keep our bodies and minds healthy. We need to get enough sleep if we want  to put in 100% focus for the day. The Sleep Foundation recommends that adults aged over 24 get between 7 to 9 hours sleep each night and teenagers get even more.  It’s important to establish a sleep schedule and stick to it, even during vacations and on the weekends. A proper schedule trains your body to prepare for sleep and for wake-up time so your sleep quality will improve and you’ll be more productive during the day.

Incorporating these habits into your lifestyle might not turn you into a billionaire overnight, but it’s a start.

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