Qualcomm, AL discussed on Invested: The Rule #1 Podcast

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So yeah we need to come up with some sort of solution to that which is probably just by the paper box and go with it. There's a certain point where you have to go. Is this something about myself. That i need to work on changing or is this something that is just how it is and i need to find a way to make it work and i think we re run into that problem in many areas and this is just one small example where you gotta make the decision. Well i err on the side of buying the book physical form unfortunately all right so. I want to hear more about your environment. I love hearing about people's how they set up their their space. So you've got the buffet in the munger stuff. You've got books everywhere. What about like mementos photographs to have stuff that remind you of wire there while you're investing what you keep around. Yeah i mean. I have some family type of photos on the desk which is a little bit of a reminder of like you know. What are you trying to do here you know. What are you building And also to the kind of long-term What do you want your legacy to be and to me like my legacy is is in that photo typically so that's a good reminder but Other things i mean. I have in the office. There are three different couches. There's three three rooms in our while. There's now more than three rooms in the office but the almost a couch every single room. And there's kind of a joke in the value world about like taking a lot of naps and i. I don't actually take many naps every once in a while. That'll happen but sitting on the couch and working like reading a book and taking notes on it i found to be I'm able to just get into it more than i am sitting at a desk. I think what it is is having the electronic anywhere near me whether it's my phone or laptop or desktop. Whatever it is is just like this little like niggling distraction in the back of your mind and it just takes like. Let's say like five percent of your cpu cycles and is sorta like takes them away from you right So not having those around. I you know like abstinence is much easier than moderation it when it comes to electronics. Not having them near put them in the other room. Yeah just stay away from him And then they then you can really like get deep into what it is that you're supposed to be working on. I think They've done these studies about multi tap asking and like we are terrible at it like it's not we can't even do it right. We were actually just like doing one task at a time in in. We don't do it in parallel we do a poor job on that little bit and then we switched to this and do a poor job and we switch back. We're not good at multitasking. Even though we think that we are and we say that we are It's it's not borne out by by the research. So being cognizant of how do you spend your time with with your task and single tasking and doing deep work. The other thing too is the timing of when you work so there's this idea that And i've definitely found this to be true like for myself. But i am much more productive on very deep important work writing in earlier in the morning and then in the afternoon. I'm kind of not really good for much of anything. And what what the research. Some of the research. I've seen talks about is. It's not so much energy because you do get sort of an energy rebound in the afternoon it. The better term is actually vigilance. So you have the vigilance to stay on task for a longer period of time typically early in the morning so if you have to do you know very deep work. You have higher vigilance early in the morning now. Conversely vigilance isn't always a good thing. If you want to be creative and you know thinking outside the box and having like these like making these big connections you actually need a more loose kind of diffused. Mind than you do like this. Very narrowly focused mind so i tend to structure more creative work and like meetings and when when more creativity is called for in the afternoon. When my my vigilance is low but my energy has kind of rebounded and so trying to match the type of work that needs to be done with when my my brain and my energy levels and my You know how i'm predisposed to be will will fit together. Well how how much have you experimented around that. Was it obvious to you that your best early in the morning or did you have to try to figure that out. I don't you know it could be like there could be a strong placebo effect here as well like i'm willing to grant that but just the idea that if you knew that you did better work in the morning and you started doing that i think it would be sort of a self fulfilling prophecy. Yeah i. I don't think it's that i think it's it's probably that i mean there's evidence in you. Put it in the article that we have circadian rhythms and different people have different circadian rhythms. And some people have that early morning vigilant. I love that word vigilance. And for other people it comes late at night and And sometimes it changes over the course of a life to which is something that you know. What's interesting i. I've seen some updated research on that. Actually recently and it might help that. That actually might not be true. What yeah so. What the experiment. That they've done is that People who think that they're night owls they take them and they like they take them camping and like where there's no Like external light in no artificial. Yeah artificial light and they turn into morning people qualcomm. We believe in staying connected and you can see us wherever five g is helping transform telemedicine supporting remote education empowering mobile. Pc's the invention ages here. Learn more at qualcomm dot com slash invention age really. So i like a lot of the night. Al thing might actually be that. Just it's artificial light. That's kinda messed with their circadian rhythms. And that that if you put them in a more natural environment they they convert over to to being more traditional sorta like peak morning and then But yeah so it's it's so original research might not been. It might have been tainted by by modern world of of artificial light. I'm sure i mean aren't we all tainted by modern world artificial light in the evening like crazy. That's so interesting. I i have thought probably way too much about what times are better for me. At what kinds of activities. And i find that well i mean my main trouble is that everyday seems so different that it's hard for me to feel like i'm really having a proper baseline level of experimentation on which i can compare to two days or three different days or three different weeks But i think. I am better same thing first thing in the morning. I have kind of like mental space in a weird way to like get tasks done sort of individual like right the emails and pay the bills and figure out my to do list. And if i if i leave those things for later i just don't do them like i just don't and then the creative stuff but i feel like is also really great first thing in the morning so it's kind of like everything is great first thing in the morning and i just sort of fall off as the day goes so i don't know what happens. Have.

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