Top 10 Elon Musk Productivity Secrets for Insane Success

#1 Start the Day with Critical Work

“Focus on signal over noise. Don’t waste time on stuff that doesn’t actually make things better.”

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#2 Use Feedback Loops

“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.”

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“Don’t tell me what you like, tell me what you don’t like.”

#3 Reason from First Principles

“You look at the fundamentals and construct your reasoning from that and then see if you have a conclusion that works or doesn’t work. And it may or may not be different from what people have done in the past. It’s harder to think that way, though.”

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#4 Use Asynchronous Communication

“I do love email. Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously. I’m really good at email.”

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#5 Master Communication

“People work better when they know what the goal is and why. It is important that people look forward to coming to work in the morning and enjoy working.”

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#6 Batch Tasks

“But what I find is I’m able to be with [my kids] 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.”

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#7 Scheduling

“I don’t spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems.”

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#8 Embrace Stretch Goals

“The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.”

“I say something, and then it usually happens. Maybe not on schedule, but it usually happens.”

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#9 Develop a Growth Mindset

“You should take the approach that you’re wrong. Your goal is to be less wrong.”

“Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”

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#10 Develop a Wide Knowledge Base

“It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, ie the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.”

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#11 BONUS: Showering

“I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”

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