What are some of the best life tips?

May 15, 2016 Leave a comment

What are some of the best life tips? by @laxmi_priyam

Answer by Laxmi Priya Marndi:

  • If you keep telling the same sad small story, you will keep living the same sad small life.
  • The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them.
  • I read somewhere that how important it is in life, not necessarily to BE strong, but FEEL strong.
  • If they don't know you personally, don't take it personal.
  • You don't need to have it all figured out to move forward.
  • Being happy is very personal thing and it really has nothing to do with anyone else.
  • Don't be trapped by the need to achieve anything. This way you achieve everything.
  • The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
  • Without education,  we are in a horrible and danger of taking educated people seriously.
  • Attitude is more important than facts.

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What are some of the best life tips?

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Life Advice: What are some of the most important things that we should be informed about in life?

May 13, 2016 2 comments

Life Advice: What are some of the most important things that we should be informed about in lif… by @NelsonsThoughts

Answer by Nelson Wang:

I'm 30 years old. I wish I could travel back in time.

If I could, I would sit down with myself at 18 years old and give this life advice.

I can't time travel, so I'll just write this article instead.

Here are the top 10 life lessons I would pass on:

1. Your health is your #1 priority – If you can't take care of yourself, you won't be able to take care of anyone else. Treat your body as your #1 priority.

How do you do this?

Be conscious of how your body feels – I love cupcakes. I love chicken nuggets. I love burgers. When I was a kid, I used to be eat tons of this stuff and would feel just fine. Seriously, I used to eat 36 chicken nuggets in one sitting! Nowadays, if I eat any of these, my body feels off. If I eat a fruit and vegetable smoothie though, I feel lighter, energetic and healthier.  Your body sends you signals all the time when you eat. Pay attention to them. And nourish your body. You probably won't be perfect. I'm not. I still eat a burger from time to time. But if you try to keep your body healthy more often than not, you'll be in much better shape long term. 

Make time to exercise by establishing a routine – We are creatures of habit. Create good habits when it comes to working out. One way I was able to consistently workout is to have it on my schedule for 5:30 PM every day after work. I also gave up my car in the city (I live in San Francisco) so the only way for me to get home is by running or walking.

2.  Take risks – There is a risk to not taking a risk.  It's complacency.  It's stagnancy. When I was young I was really afraid of taking risks. I was afraid to join startups, even after being in the technology field for 7 years.

Finally, I saw a friend of mine join a really hot startup and he convinced me to make the jump. When I joined Box just 3 years ago, it was one of the best decisions of my life. I went into a role with a steep learning curve, learned how to build up a business unit from scratch, traveled to over 50 cities in a year and met some of the most amazing people at work – some of which will be friends for life.

Another quick example: I know nothing about building websites. And yet, two months ago, I built one from scratch with a friend and now my blog has 500 subscribers.

Embrace risk and have a bias towards action. Action drives results.

The reality is that you usually can't be 100% certain about anything until you actually experience it.  So dip your toes into the water.

Speaking of risks…

3. Take smart risks – Maybe you shouldn't dip that toe in the water. Not all risks are worth taking. Thinking about the expected value you can get by taking that risk and make sure it's a smart bet. Don't be foolish and take a risk that doesn't have the appropriate upside. Do as much due diligence as you can in advance.

4. It's okay to put your phone down Today, I was waiting to onboard my flight from Boston to San Francisco. I was looking at my phone and after getting mental fatigue from staring at a screen for an obscene amount of time (1.5 hours with only small breaks in between), I decided to look at everyone around me. Guess what I saw? A ton of people with their heads down…looking at their phones. Sometimes getting a ton of information on demand isn't always a good thing.

The next time you have dinner with friends, put your phone down. You'll probably have a great conversation and a lot of laughs.

The next time your father tells you about his day, really listen to what he's saying. 

The next time you're traveling in a foreign country, take in the amazing culture and immerse yourself. Learn the language. Try the different foods. And put down the phone. Unless you're taking an Instagram photo.  #BecauseSomeFoodsAreInstagramWorthy

5. Less is more – When it comes to stuff, you don't need a lot of it. Somewhere along the way, we were told that accumulating material goods resulted in happiness. While money will be absolutely important for basic necessities like food and shelter, using it to accumulate a ton of stuff doesn't typically equate to happiness.

Stuff has administrative debt.

Have a lot of clothes?  The debt is a bigger closet.

Have a really fancy luxury car? The debt is a high insurance premium, costly maintenance packages and a huge headache if you ever get into an accident.

Clean out the clutter and donate it.  I do this at least once a year. Ask yourself – "Do I really need this?"

Simple is good.

6. More is better – Wait, didn't I say "less is good?" Well, there's an exception to that rule. More is better – At least when it comes to experiences. Traveling the world can expand your horizons. You can learn new cultures and redefine the way you see the world. Who knows, you might even meet the love of your life while traveling.

Money used for experiences can be life changing. 

Speaking of currency…

7. The most important currency in life is time – I had a family friend who spent much of his life saving up money to eventually live the life he always wanted.  After decades of saving, he was involved in a tragic accident.  He never had the chance to live the life he always dreamed of.

Money is important, but time is even more important.

Utilize money to help you find more time.

Time with your family.

Time with your friends.

Time with your spouse.

Time with kids.

Time with people you want to help.

There are 525,600 minutes in a year. How do you spend your time?

8. Not every fire is a real fire – Nelson, you need to start working on this (insert perceived work catastrophe here) right now!  Fix it! 

I call those work fires. I used to hear about work fires early on in my career a lot.  And I would pull my hair out in the process. Yes, sometimes these work catastrophes really had to be fixed immediately. But not all of them. Sometimes, people would forget about it after a week. Even if it wasn't fixed.

So take a deep breath, realize it's not (usually) the end of the world and size up the situation. And then fix it. But don't let it get to you. Own it.

9. Go 3 "Why's" deep – It's easy to get caught up in the tactical parts of life and work all the time. When I was building an iPhone app with my two co-founders, we had an idea for a dating app. At one point, we ended up rolling out a few different features for the app. One change was to gate the app after three swipes and to ask people to share the app on their social networks before they could swipe more. "Brilliant!" we exclaimed. "We'll get so many more users on this app." Or so we thought. The new feature didn't make an impact at all.

When we huddled during our next meeting, one of the co-founders, Steve, challenged me on the app. Looking back now, asking the 3 Why's would have helped us tremendously. Here's an example below:

1. Why are you building this app?

"There's a huge business opportunity since there's a gap in this niche dating space."

2. Why do your users want to use this app?

"Because they want to fall in love."

3. Why are you goals different from your users?

There was a long silence on the phone.

My mind was blown. I realized this whole time that the right way to build a product is to have an extreme passion and obsession around driving an amazing customer experience. My core why should have been "help people fall in love," rather than "it's a great business opportunity." I had been thinking about it wrong the entire time and the 3 Why's exercise helped me see that. 

So what did we do?  We went back to the drawing board. 

10. Be yourself – You're weird. You're unique. You're different. And that's awesome. Be the great person you were meant to be.

When I was young, I used to smile during conversations all the time, even when I wasn't feeling happy. I thought "Gosh, this will make people more comfortable talking to me because I look happy all the time." One day, one of my best friends pulled me aside and gave me some sage advice (I'm paraphrasing): "Hey bud, you know, sometimes when I think something isn't funny, I don't laugh for the sake of laughing. If I don't find something interesting or I'm not happy at the moment, I won't smile either. I want to show people exactly what I feel."

That was a game changing moment for me. Ever since then, I've always tried to do exactly that. I want people's experiences with me to be 100% genuine and transparent. After all, isn't that the best way to deeply connect with someone? Be authentic. Be yourself.

Be all the awesomeness you were meant to be.

Life Advice: What are some of the most important things that we should be informed about in life?

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What are some dressing hacks everyone should know?

May 13, 2016 Leave a comment

What are some dressing hacks everyone should know? by Pankaj Agarwal

Answer by Pankaj Agarwal:

  1. If your jeans has not been washed for long and it smells.. you can put it in refrigerator overnight and next morning.. ta da.. its absolutely fine, feeling like washed. Everyone will think you are just cool (pun intended!)
  2. If your tie keeps coming out of the collar, especially from behind.. you can have a small button & loop placed inside the collar and wear your tie under it
  3. If you have trouble choosing what to wear every morning, try choosing it the night before. It will save you a good 15-20 mins in morning
  4. If you think your jeans goes loose after 3-4 days of wear and have no clue why.. just put it in wash. It will come back to being fit
  5. If you do not want to apply perfume (it being bad for skin), you can place flowers (or any fragrance you like) between your garments overnight. It will acquire the fragrance and no damage done to the skin
  6. Its not a dressing hack.. but a solution for blackheads.. put little bit of regular white toothpaste on a toothbrush and apply it on your nose / skin in a circular motion, very softly. Do it for 2-3 minutes and wash it off.. all the blackheads, including the toughest ones, will be gone
  7. You can use hair straightening machine to iron your shirt collar
  8. match your belt with color family of socks and shoes. so no brown belt with black shoes please
  9. When packing pair of socks in a suitcase, hold each pair together and roll it using the open end of one sock such that the fold takes the other sock inside the first. you will then have only round piece… no chance of losing one
  10. Apply cream / oil on semi dry skin (after shower). It gets absorbed better and lasts longer
  11. If those tiny things keep coming out from the side of your nail that cause pain when touching.. apply vaseline / cream on the nail instead of trying to cut it. They will become softer & the pain will go away
  12. Apply 2 clove oil drops on your body before sleeping. Mosquitoes will keep away and you will be fresh next morning
  13. Apply face pack just when you are about to sit on pot. By the time you are done with latter, face pack would have worked too. Save those crucial minutes in the morning
  14. Remove deo stains on clothes with baby wipes
  15. Put dry tea bags in smelly shoes to remove the odour

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Life Lessons: What can I learn in one minute that will be useful for the rest of my life?

May 12, 2016 Leave a comment

Life Lessons: What can I learn in one minute that will be useful for the rest of my life? by Jaydev Ashra

Answer by Jaydev Ashra:

Proper ways to Drink Water, or any liquid. (Described in Ayurveda)

These rules are so straightforward, perhaps even obvious or intuitive. But they might make a serious difference in the way you feel on a daily basis.

  • First off, sit down to drink (just as you should sit down to eat).
  • Take sips, not full-glass chugs. Small sip, swallow, breathe. Repeat.
  • Sip water throughout the day. If you chug too much water at once your body doesn’t actually absorb all of it. Most of it will run right through you.
  • Drink at least room temperature water. Warm is even better. Cold and iced water literally douse the digestive fire.

Water before a meal is nectar. It replenishes fluids and encourages juicy digestive organs. Small sips during a meal is honey. It helps turn the food into a sauce. Water after a meal is poison because it dilutes stomach acids.” –
Dr. Vasant Lad

  • Only sip a small amount of water with your meals. If you drink too much while you eat, your belly won’t have enough room for digestive action. Remember this rule: fill your stomach 50% with food, 25% with water, and leave 25% empty for the digestive juices and process.
  • For the same reason, don’t drink loads of water before or after your meals. Fill 50% with food, 25% with water, and leave 25% empty.
  • Drink when you’re thirsty. Thirst is a natural urge that should be heeded. It means your body needs water.
  • As far as how much, we’re all different sizes with varied diets and lifestyles. One set rule of eight glasses a day simply can not apply to everyone. Naturally, the miraculous human body has it’s own built-in measuring system: thirst. If you’re thirsty, drink water. When you listen to thirst cues and sip water throughout the day you’ll be drinking the right amount.
  • Your urine is a secondary confirmation to know if you’re amply hydrated. It should be fairly clear and straw colored. If it’s dark yellow you need to drink more.
  • Your lips are yet another indicator. If they’re dry you might be dehydrated.

Courtesy: elephant journal

Life Lessons: What can I learn in one minute that will be useful for the rest of my life?

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What are most people ignorant of that prevents them becoming financially wealthy?

May 12, 2016 Leave a comment

What are most people ignorant of that prevents them becoming financially wealthy? by Charles Tips

Answer by Charles Tips:

Nobody ever got rich working for a living.

                             –My dad, to me, frequently

What in the world can it mean that working doesn't make you rich? Well, how many of those fabled bad guys our progressive left obsesses over, the dread "Top One Percent," punch a clock, do you think?

To be sure, you will work hard in order to get rich, and the harder and smarter you work, the better your chances. As my dad would explain, "It's okay to work eight hours a day for someone else. Just work eight hours a day for yourself too… and twelve hours a day on the weekends." And that's exactly what he did, all his life.

Selling your time by the hour will not get you ahead. Human resources departments know to the dime what they have to pay per hour to acquire requisite talent. Even if you degree from a prestigious law school and catch on with a leading firm and can bill at several hundred dollars an hour, by the time the expenses are extracted, you'll be lucky to be grossing a third. Even if you work yourself into an early grave by billing out 3000 hours a year, you're not, by that effort alone, putting yourself on a track to get wealthy.

So, what do you have to know to become financially wealthy?

Probably the first insight you need is that you are out to get wealthy, not financially wealthy. Financial means pertaining to money, but you'll need to recognize that money is simply a "parking place" for past production. The economy runs on "you buy the production of others with your production." Land and production and equity in those things underlies wealth. Money is just a convenience for wheeling and dealing.

Here's what you need to understand if you want to not miss the turn that gets you to the intersection of Luxury Lane and Big Bucks Boulevard.

Know what you are after. Having a big operating budget is not wealth. You can be "churning" millions of dollars a year, but you are only getting wealthy to the extent you are profiting on that churning. A lot of churning with little profit is actually worrisome. A huge house of cards falls just as fast as a small one.

Financial leverage (also known as Other People's Money). A business acquaintance mentions he needs 200 reciprocal capacitors (or whatever) to keep his production line going. He's desperate and willing to pay $2 each. You've got $100 and know where you can get such capacitors for a dollar each. You could double your money! Or, you can borrow, $100 paying back $110, and almost triple your money. Even better, you can get your acquaintance to pay in advance and clear an even bigger cut without putting your money at risk.

Labor leverage. At one point in my retail career, I took on a new window washer. The next time he showed up in a suit, took my $20 from petty cash and left his associate behind to do the window washing. I started seeing his associates around town, at least three different ones. I idly started calculating what he could potentially make with three window washers under him while he concentrated on selling and coordinating–maybe there could be a little money in cleaning glass. When it dawned on me the guy could easily be grossing $120 an hour with a labor cost of at most $21 an hour (35 years ago) and additional overhead of at most $2 an hour, I was shocked that he was netting about four times as much as I was as a partner in a thriving retail business, and with significantly fewer headaches! and employees!

Spotting opportunity. The productivity cycle that creates all the goods that actually represent the economy begins when an enterprising person looks to the future and sees the opportunity to make a profit. Think how easy it would be to start a window-washing business. So, why then do 99 percent of all casual window washers go about it all wrong by doing all the work themselves? Understanding how to spot situations that can be turned into profit-generating opportunities is an acumen that must be cultivated. Most people don't start their own business; they create a job for themselves in addition to which they have to function as boss, secretary and marketing person–four jobs in one, a burnout track rather than leverage.

Make money with money. How did Mark Zuckerberg make $4B in one day last week? How did Jeff Bezos make $6B in twenty minutes a couple of days ago? Was it by increasing their hourly wage? No, as you know, it was by equity. You are frail. You've got something like 100,000 to 150,000 working hours in your entire life (multiply that times what you can net per hour, and there's how rich you will potentially be). Money/equity can work 24/7/365 and not break a sweat. The trick is to live as frugally as possible when starting out young, forgo every non-essential, and set aside every dime you can. Putting your money to work for you can make money for you even while you are sleeping. You can eat out at a nice restaurant and make the money to pay for the meal while you are dining. (Better yet, you can have your fellow diner who wants your business pick up the check.)

And how did it turn out for my dad?

Dad is now 94 and comfortably off. He got a bit wealthy late in life. He played the real estate game and spotted a huge opportunity back in the early 60s. The new Interstate headed through Dallas would create rapidly-growing suburbs. We moved to a small town when I was 12, and he plunged his savings into buying up a couple of square blocks in the poor part of town but near the intersection of the two main roads. I can still remember how bullish he was to score such a coup.

And then all the growth took place, not in the old downtown area as he had assumed, but in the cattle pastures on the other side of the new highway, land he could've owned for a mere $50 an acre at the time (and worth as much as $2M and up now). To make matters worse, just when he realized he needed to be across the highway, interest rates went up to double digits; too high to make money. He spent 20 years feeling like a bug trapped in sap, unable to budge, and that changed him into a very sour man.

The final lesson then, is you have to be cut out for a life spent trying to acquire wealth. There are risks. There are pitfalls. You can get everything brilliantly right, make one deft move after another, and still end up worse off than you started.

Not everyone is cut out for such stress, strain and uncertainty, and this makes a job working for someone else at a reasonably secure salary look pretty good.

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What is the most profitable lie ever told in history?

May 8, 2016 Leave a comment

What is the most profitable lie ever told in history? by Rod Vessels

Answer by Rod Vessels:

Someone allegedly once wrote these wise words:  "[T]he love of money is the root of all evil . …"

The most profitable lie ever told in history is reported in the following story (I have permission to share the story):

A long time ago, long before the discovery of silver and gold, there lived a man named Ug.  Ug lived in a community of people who prospered well for that time, herding sheep, raising cows, and growing grain. 

One day while Ug was fishing in a stream near his home, he noticed a shiny rock exhibiting its countenance through the crystal clear water.

“That’s a nice looking stone,” Ug thought as he retrieved it from its resting place. 

As Ug pondered on the discovery he had made, he wondered what use this pretty rock could have.  He decided that, although the rock was beautiful, it served him no real purpose; so he threw it back.  Now that he had discovered the existence of the rock, he began to notice that the streambed where he was fishing was full of the peculiar looking stone.

Ug’s neighbor, Thug, was a lazy sort, and spent many a day down by the stream idly dreaming up ways he could get out of the responsibilities of work that were required of him by the community of people where he lived. 

One day, Thug noticed the shiny rock that his friend, Ug, had discarded. 

“Hey!” thought Thug, “I bet I could convince Ug’s wife that this pretty stone is worth a mammoth meat pie.” (Something Thug loved to eat, but was too lazy to make himself.) 

Thug took the stone and fashioned it into a trinket and gave it to Ug’s wife, who upon seeing it, immediately fell in love with its shiny attributes.  She made Thug his pie, and couldn’t wait to show off her new trinket to her friends. 

“Wow!” thought Thug.  “If Ug’s wife liked the stone, maybe all the other women will like one too.  I’ll never have to make another mammoth pie again!”

Thug went down to the streambed and gathered up all the shiny rocks he could find.  When the other men’s wives wanted a shiny trinket like Ug’s wife, their husbands searched in vain for the rocks Thug had already taken. 

The other women were distraught that they could not have a trinket like Mrs. Ug.  These women began to pester their husbands until the pestering became unbearable. The men went to Thug and asked him for some of his shiny rocks for their wives. 

“What will you give me for one of these rocks?” Thug asked.  

“I will build you a fence,” said one man. 

“And I will give you three cows to put inside the fence,” said another.

Soon Thug, the laziest man in town, had the best house, barn, fence, and animals in all the community. Thug spent most of his time looking and digging for the now “precious” stones.  The more he found, the less there were for others to find. 

It wasn’t long before Thug made a list of the things for which he could trade his stones.  He divided his stones up into groups according to size.  The littlest stones he traded for a cow, a sheep, or an ox.  A bigger stone he gave in exchange for a new shed to be built on his land.  And the biggest stones––well, these he kept for himself because he knew he could break them into littler stones that he could trade for practically anything he wanted.

Ug’s cow died and he didn’t have any way to procure milk for his growing children.  He asked his wife if she would let him have her trinket so he could trade it to his brother (whose wife had one but wanted two) for one of his cows. Reluctantly, Ug’s wife gave up her trinket so that her children could have milk.  Ug traded the stone for one of his brother’s cows.  Ug’s brother, Shrug, took the stone, which was way too big for just one cow, and traded it to another neighbor for six sheep and five bushels of wheat. 

Ug’s brother never told him that his wife’s stone was worth more than just one cow.  He knew his brother needed a cow more than he needed a stone that he couldn’t eat, wear, or sleep in; so he decided he had done his brother a favor. And for the favor; he would get more for the stone than what he gave for it.

This situation went on for some time.  Before long, the stones were worth much more to the people of the community than any of their other possessions. 

One wise man set up a little business by the bank of the stream where the stones had first been found.  His wise premise was to help people save their stones and get more stones by lending them out to others in return for a bigger stone than what they had borrowed in the first place.  When this man lent out a stone that was the size of a walnut, he told the borrowers that they would have to pay him back a stone the size of an apple.  When the bigger stone was paid back as agreed, the man would then chip off a little bit of the apple-sized stone for himself and give the person who had deposited his stone in the business a stone which was bigger than what he had originally deposited. 

“What an easy way to get more stones without finding any, or trading anything for them,” boasted the man. 

Since his business seemed to be successful by the bank of the stream, he called his business, The Bank.

Soon the people of the community were spending far more time figuring out ways to get and trade stones than they were raising things to eat, making things to wear, or building houses.  It wasn’t long before there were lots of stones lying around that no one could eat, wear, or live in. The people began to die from hunger and the cold outside, or they were killed by someone wanting their stones.

Ug analyzed what had happened to his community, and called the people together and told them what Thug had done.  He explained that Thug had taken advantage of all of them because he didn’t want to work like the rest of the community.  He made Thug’s name known throughout the land as a lazy con artist who took advantage of the peoples’ industry for his own good.  His name has been infamous ever since.

It wasn’t long before Thug killed his brother for speaking against him; and because of Thug’s riches and power, no one cared.

Thus, the rich and elite, representing one percent of the world, rule the rest of the world with the lie that anyone can follow the "American" Dream to join them, while the 99% are enslaved as workers to increase their profits; and this is "the most profitable lie ever told in history."

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What are the best-kept secrets of successful business people?

May 8, 2016 Leave a comment

What are the best-kept secrets of successful business people? by @BrianScudamore

Answer by Brian Scudamore:

You've heard of people like the Elon Musk and Jeff Immelts (General Electric CEO) of the world. Reading about them leads us to assume that business greatness requires little sleep, and even less time with loved ones. Immelt, for example, has worked 100+ hours per week for his entire career.

But is that really the true way to reach success? To sacrifice everything else in your life, from your health to your relationships, just to achieve career success?

There is a better way…

Spending 10 hours a week just thinking.

If you're anything like me, then it might sound completely counter-intuitive at first, and it may even strike you as something that goes against everything we think we know about what a successful leader does.

But did you know that Warren Buffett has spent 80% of his career thinking? Yes, the same Warren Buffett that built the fourth largest company in the country, isn’t nearly as busy as you are.

“That’s what created [one of the] world’s most successful business records in history. He has a lot of time to think,” Charlie Munger, Buffett’s long-time business partner, has said of his unusual approach to productivity.

Buffett’s schedule may seem like an anomaly. In reality, he’s a trailblazer. Thanks in part to his example, over the past few years, several high-profile CEOs have come out against the norm of constant busyness. They argue that critical thinking time is essential in a complex, rapidly-changing digital economy.

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, for instance, makes his executives spend 10% of their day, or four hours per week, just thinking. Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, schedules 2 hours of uninterrupted thinking time per day. Jack Dorsey is a serial wanderer. Bill Gates is famous for taking a week off twice a year just to reflect deeply without interruption.

I do the same. At my $250+ million company, O2E (Ordinary to Exceptional) Brands, which includes brands like 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, I set aside all of Monday for thinking. I believe that, whatever your business type or size, you can and should make time for it too.

But why should you spend 10 hours a week thinking?

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” — Abraham Lincoln

Most people see leadership as a sport where success is determined by hard work. Instead, I like to think of business as being more like surgery.
My  father was one of the top surgeons in Canada, so when I was young I saw how surgeons aim to have maximum impact with minimum intervention. Like Lincoln chopping down a tree, accomplishing this is about careful planning. The actual surgery — the physical work — is only a small part of the process.

I approach business the same way. The Mondays I devote to thinking allow me to operate with surgical precision during the rest of the week.

This is how I spend my 10 hours thinking:

Step #1: Schedule the whole day in your calendar

Are other people constantly taking your time and dictating your priorities? If so, the first step to finding time to devote to thinking is to take control of your calendar. Let people know that you won’t respond to emails or phone calls on a particular day, unless there’s an emergency.

Step #2: Do NOT go to your office

My best ideas come when I’m not in the office, so I often spend the day wandering around Vancouver. I pick where to go based on the type of thinking that I need to do. On a given Monday, I might go through six coffee shops. I might walk in the forest, take a bike ride, hang out on the beach, sit on a park bench, or even have a glass of wine. Whenever I feel stuck, I move locations.

Step #3: Bring your journal

Writing is a powerful way to capture your ideas and get them into an organized, actionable form. The key is not to censor or judge yourself — just spill your thoughts onto paper without criticism or even evaluation. There are many ways to do this. I’m a very visual person, so my notebook is filled with pictures, arrows and words. Find what works best for you.

Step #4: Reschedule or shorten meetings you have later in the week

As I’m out of the office all Monday, my Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are usually spent in back-to-back meetings. I set aside 15 minutes on Monday to review the meetings that are set up for the week and compare them to my priorities. If a meeting isn’t a high priority, I will ask my assistant to either reschedule it or shorten it.

Step #5: Prune your to-do list for the week

Most of those meetings lead to action steps. Over the course of the week, tasks pile up and my to-do list can become so long that it’s unrealistic for me to complete all of it. Rather than blindly checking off items as they come up, I use my thinking day to review the list and evaluate which ones are truly a priority. I ask myself: ‘Should we really action this?’ Often, I find that what seemed important at first isn’t anymore.

Step #6: Identify your top three outcomes for the day

Besides planning your week to come and reviewing your to-do list, set three goals for your thinking day and jot them down. This will ensure you get the maximum impact from those open hours.

Step #7: Use powerful questions to encourage deep thinking

You will also want to devote some of your time to thinking deeply about your priorities and the direction of your business. I find prompts are helpful for this. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Am I doing the right things with the right people?
  • What’s most important?What am I good at?
  • What am I bad at?
  • How can I spend more time doing what I’m good at?
  • How can I spend less time doing what I’m bad at?

Alternatively, I’ll write out a goal and think about how I can strategically move toward it.

Step #8: Set aside time to solve your biggest problems

As important as big-picture thinking is, every business will need to solve shorter-term problems. A portion of your day can also be spent investigating challenging issues and brainstorming ways to push through them.

Step #9: Set aside time to think of new ideas

Reacting to problems is essential, but so is proactively coming up with new ideas to better your business. Set aside some time to brainstorm new ways of doing things, or new opportunities to explore.

The results will shock you.

Don’t be surprised if taking a whole day for thinking feels like an indulgence at first — it certainly did for me. I felt guilty for taking walks in the park or sipping wine while others were in the office. But now I can’t imagine not doing it.

As CEO, I have realized I don’t need to be the first one in and the last one to leave, but I do need to be the most impactful person in the office. And my ‘Thinking Mondays’ help me accomplish that.If nothing else, remember this: Warren Buffett has built his whole calendar around thinking. “You look at his schedule sometimes and there’s a haircut. Tuesday, haircut day,” says his partner, Charlie Munger.

In this complex, rapidly-changing world, the calendars of world-class CEOs will look more like Warren Buffett’s and less like Jeff Immelt’s!

This Quora answer is a modified version of a guest post I originally wrote for Inc.

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