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  • If you are a fan of Ironman, you must be a fan of Elon Musk as well, since he is the

  • real-life Tony stark, he might not have an iron man costume but has rockets that he frequently

  • sends to space.

  • What we all can agree is that Elon Musk is one of the most productive people on the face

  • of the earth.

  • You might have a different opinion of him, and you might not agree with everything he

  • does or says, but running multiple multi-billion dollar companies requires an unbelievable

  • amount of discipline and precise planning.

  • To be honest, it's difficult to believe that one person can achieve so much in such a little

  • time.

  • We all have heard stories of great business leaders, but to be so effective that you are

  • revolutionizing multiple industries at the same time is insane.

  • Just so that you know, there hasn't been a new auto manufacturer in over a hundred years

  • in America because the industry is so competitive.

  • And here comes a guy, not only enters into the industry but builds the most valuable

  • auto company in the entire nation.

  • If we keep talking about his achievements, I am afraid this video won't end any time

  • soon so that we will leave that for another time, but what we are going to do is find

  • out why Elon Musk is so productive, how exactly he gets so much done in such a little time.

  • Musk has been in the spotlight for two decades already, and he has given quite a good number

  • of interviews; in fact, there is a great book written on his life by Ashlee Vance.

  • He has explained multiple times on why exactly is he so productive. So,

  • we are going to take his five most important principles that he integrates into his life

  • that keeps him insanely productive.

  • Start with the most important work.

  • I think the number one productivity hack is to start with the most important task of the

  • day.

  • I know that it sounds simple, and it doesn't sound like anything revolutionary, but most

  • of us tend to start with something easy.

  • You just had enough sleep; your mind is still clear, fresh, and sharp; your ability to focus

  • is at your maximum level.

  • This is when you have to do the hardest task on your to-do list because later on the day,

  • your willpower, energy, and focus will drop, and you will procrastinate on difficult tasks.

  • You can't accomplish everything in a single day.

  • You just have 24 hours, out of 8 you sleep, 4 or 5 you spend on your necessities like

  • eating, going to the bathroom, getting stuck in traffic dressing, and you are left with

  • around 11 hours.

  • If we are going, to be honest with each other, most people can't work for 11 straight hours,

  • you still have to meet your friends and socialize, spend time with your family, watch the latest

  • episode of your favorite show on Netflix.

  • So you are left with 6-7 hours that you can actually put into real work.

  • Make sure you use them when you are at your highest level of willpower to get the best

  • out of them.

  • 2.

  • Secondly, Constantly ask how you could be doing things better

  • In one of his interviews, Musk said, "I think it's very important to have a feedback loop,

  • where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it

  • better.

  • I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing

  • things better and questioning yourself."

  • Musk always practices what he preaches.

  • Every business he launched was, as a result, him questioning if there is a better way to

  • do that.

  • Cars were polluting the climate and causing climate change, which is an existential threat

  • to humanity, so he asked himself can we have cars without polluting the climate, boom you

  • have electric cars. And Tesla was born.

  • On one beautiful evening, he was driving back home from one of his offices.

  • As usual, he was stuck in the traffic.

  • It was boring and frustrating, so an idea popped into his mind; is there is a better

  • way I can get back home from the office without getting stuck in this traffic, that's how

  • the Boring Company was born, it just digs tunnels underground to reduce the traffic.

  • No matter what you are doing, if you approach your work with the perspective of always finding

  • a better way to do it, you will always be productive.

  • 3.

  • First Principle

  • But the problem is that, how do you always find a better way to improve.

  • How do you constantly find innovative ways to move forward.

  • Well, Elon Musk uses an interesting method to do that.

  • In one of his interviews, Musk said, "I tend to approach things from a physics framework.

  • And Physics teaches you to reason from the first principle rather than by analogy.

  • Thinking by analogy is how we think most of the time.

  • It's like comparing two objects or trying to build something better out of what already

  • exists, there is nothing wrong with that, and it's useful in a lot of cases, but sometimes

  • things are wrong in their core and to solve them to have to get there, and that's what

  • the first principle is.

  • The first principle is a strategy to break down complicated problems to generate original

  • solutions.

  • Here is how thinking from the first principle led Musk to start SpaceX.

  • After visiting several aerospace manufacturers around the world, Musk discovered the cost

  • of purchasing a rocket was astronomicalup to $65 million.

  • So he wanted to find out if he could reduce that number.

  • Let's look at the first principles.

  • What is a rocket made of?

  • Aerospace-grade aluminum alloys, plus some titanium, copper, and carbon fiber.

  • 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 two percent of the typical

  • price."

  • Instead of buying a finished rocket for over 60 million dollars, Musk decided to purchase

  • the raw materials for cheap and build the rockets himself, which is how SpaceX was born.

  • 4.

  • Four!

  • Avoid pointless conversations!

  • Nothing wastes more time than a useless conversation; You are busy working, focused on your most

  • important task of the day.

  • But then suddenly your old friend or girlfriend or your relative whom you haven't met for

  • years call you, and that's the end of your productive day because these conversations

  • last ages.

  • Or sometimes, you call your colleague for one thing but then end up discussing how you

  • had a horrible argument with your spouse last night.

  • That's why Musk's favorite method of communicating is email.

  • He even once said: "I do love email.

  • Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously.

  • I'm really good at email."

  • In fact, he even avoids meetings at all costs because usually, they are a waste of time.

  • He even considers it disrespectful to stay in a meeting if you aren't adding any value.

  • Meeting and conversations should be short, straight, and to the point.

  • 5.

  • And finally, Musk precisely schedules his time.

  • You cant come up with a different a better plan every morning.

  • Every now and then, you have to think about how you spend your days.

  • But, most importantly, stick to a schedule that works for you.

  • And Musk is a perfect example of that.

  • He strictly sticks to his weekly schedule.

  • Wakes up precisely at 7 am. after getting almost 6 hours of sleep.

  • And showers first thing in the morning.

  • He once wrote on Reddit that it had a greater positive impact on him than any of his other

  • daily habits.

  • He breaks his time into a series of five-minute slots to be as effective as possible.

  • He spends Mondays and Fridays at SpaceX in Los Angeles.

  • On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, he heads to the Bay Area to work at Tesla.

  • He usually spends about half a day working at the artificial intelligence nonprofit OpenAI.

  • On Saturday, he either works at SpaceX or spends his time with his children but still

  • multi tasks, and he once said: What I find is I'm able to be with them and still be on

  • email.

  • I can be with them and still be working at the same time ... If I didn't, I wouldn't

  • be able to get my job done."

  • Life might get boring by sticking to a schedule, but it makes you way more productive.

  • As I was researching how Elon musk manages to be so productive, I came across multiple

  • things.

  • I even read his autobiography again by Ashlee Dence.

  • These principles might not perfectly work for you because you are in a different line

  • of work, but if you continuously look for better ways to get more done, you will eventually

  • achieve that.

  • Remember, life is a journey where we continually keep growing.

  • Thanks for watching and until next time.

  • So hit that subscribe button give this video thumbs, and let me know in the comments on

  • how you stay productive.

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