Some of Microsoft's biggest pivots and innovations have come out of Bill Gates's infamous 'Think Weeks'. These twice-a-year retreats in a remote cabin somewhere in the Pacific Northwest have garnered big ideas – from Internet Explorer to the Tablet PC. Gates uses the time to disconnect, think, and write down his ideas.
Business magnate Warren Buffet credits much of his success to his reading habit. "Read 500 pages … every day," he says. "That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
Harvard Computer Science Professor Radhika Nagpal uses laser focus to sustain her prolific academic career. By setting strict quotas for the amount of shallow work she allows herself to do, Nagpal focuses the vast majority of her attention on original research and deep learning.