Bill Gates is no stranger to making space for ideas. His twice-a-year 'Think Weeks', where he retreats to a cabin somewhere in woodland in the Pacific Northwest, have seeded some of Microsoft’s most world-changing innovations. In 1995, he emerged from his cabin with ‘The Internet Tidal Wave’ – a strategy for Microsoft harnessing the internet’s potential.
Entrepreneur Tim Ferriss uses a simple ritual every morning to identify his most pressing to-do. He blocks two to three hours to work on it. “If you get distracted or start procrastinating, don’t freak out and downward spiral; just gently come back to your ONE to-do,” he says.
Will this task matter in nine minutes, nine hours, nine days, weeks, months, or years? That’s the grounding question Bumble founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe uses to prioritise her work. Using this technique means she can confidently cast aside meaningless distractions, and keep focus on the things that truly matter.