Ruthless prioritization

I felt overwhelmed and stuck recently, so I tried out ruthlessly prioritizing and I now feel a lot better.

I took some inspiration from Warren Buffett’s 5/25 rule. Warren Buffett’s 5/25 rule involves 3 steps. First, write down 25 professional priorities. Then, circle the 5 most important items. Finally, the 20 items that weren’t circled becomes the “Avoid at all costs” list.

Why does the 5/25 rule work?

Difficulties with the 5/25 rule

My values and goals



In other words, I want to make an impact on the world. To make an impact in the world, I need to understand what the world is like and understand how to make an impact. The world is comprised of people and their varied perspectives, so to understand the world, I need to listen widely. One of the best ways to make an impact involves creating a core team and a community to support the team. As a member of the team, I want to be a helpful member of the team, doing my part. I think my role on a team will involve communication and technical skills.

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