The James Altucher Show – 6 MORE of The Best One Minute Life Hacks

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Key Takeaways

  • A good exercise:
    • List the top 25 things you love to do and then make two columns – On the left put your top 5 and on the right put the other 20
    • “Here’s the interesting thing – never ever, ever, ever look at the things on the right list again” 
  • You’ll never regret spending time with your family
  • When you’re in a situation with someone more experienced than you (like a negotiation), here’s a good thing to say – “If you were to give someone like me advice on what to say now, what advice would you give?
  • The average American spends 4 hours and 40 minutes every day on their smartphone and touches their phone 2,000 + times daily
  • Improving 1% every day compounds and adds up to a 3780% improvement by the end of the year

Books Mentioned

Intro

  • In this episode, James (@jaltucher) and his producer, Steve Cohen, talk about some little tweaks that they’ve personally implemented to optimize their lives
  • Just 1% improvement a day compounds and adds up to 3780% improvement by the end of a year

Avoid The Word “Problem”

  • Steve doesn’t use the phrase – “No problem” – why throw in the word “problem” if there is none?
    • James does the same
    • “We have to be careful about the words we use” -Cohen

The Warren Buffet 5/25 Rule

  • List the top 25 things you love to do and then make two columns – On the left, put your top 5. On the right, put the other 20.
    • “Here’s the interesting thing – never ever, ever, ever look at the things on the right list again” – James
    • This helps us answer the question – “What’s really worthy of our time and effort, and what do we really want to accomplish?”
    • “If you’re the average of the 25 things you spent most of your time on, you end up being nothing” – James
    • Make sure to spend time on your top five and always be working to improve those skills

Spend Time With Family/Friends

  • “You’ll never regret spending time with your children or your parents or family or relatives” – Steve
  • It’s cliche, but on your deathbed, you’ll cherish every second you spent with family

The Advice Hack

  • When you’re in a situation with someone more experienced than you (like negotiation), here’s a good thing to ask – “If you were to give someone like me advice on what to say now, what advice would you give?” (James)
    • “When you say that, they really want to give you good advice”
    • “You’re flattering that person, you’re showing humility so there are a lot of reasons that person wants to help you” – Steve
    • James recalls a time he was in a business negotiation with a group of Chinese businessmen. The meeting wasn’t going very well until one of his business partners asked the other side -“What advice could you give us so we can take this to the next step and this meeting can go forward?”
      • “This hack basically saved a major high-stakes situation”
  • James says this tip is similar to the “Benjamin Franklin hack”:
    • When Franklin was a young politician, and a senior politician didn’t like him, Franklin asked if he could borrow a book from him
      • Sometimes asking for a favor can help create a bond or friendship

Leave The Smartphone At Home

  • This hack comes from Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens and several other great books
    • James says Yuval is one of the smartest people he’s had on the podcast
    • Yuval doesn’t carry a smartphone with him
  • “Smartphones are not productivity enhancers, they are productivity wasters” – James
    • James recently tried not carrying a smartphone around 24/7 for about a month
      • In that time, he got a lot more reading and writing done
    • “Sometimes we confuse activity with accomplishment”  – Steve
    • The average American spends 4 hours and 40 minutes everyday on their smartphone and touches their phone 2,000 + times daily

A Hack from Aubrey Marcus & Arianna Huffington

  • Aubrey Marcus is the CEO of Onnit
  • James also picked up a few tips for improving his sleep from Arianna Huffington
    • “Having a cell phone next to your bed, even if it’s off, worsens your ability to sleep” – James
      • “You’ll actually live longer if you sleep more deeply”
    • Put your phone in another room so you aren’t tempted to check social media or browse the web right before bed
    • Another tip – Remove apps from your phone
      • James only checks Twitter on his computer, not his phone.

The Because Hack

  • This hack comes from Robert Cialdini, author of
    Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (check out the Podcast Notes from his appearance on James’ podcast)
    • Using the word “because” increases your chances of getting something that you’re asking for
      • Even if the “because” reason isn’t strong, it still improves your argument
      • Example – “I need to skip the line because I’m late for meeting a friend”
  • Another tip from Robert Cialdini – In a negotiation, make sure to list the objections before the other side can do the same
    • The other side is already thinking about the objections, so if you can list them before they can, you come across as more sincere and honest
    • “And then there is nothing they can say to argue with you” -James
    • “You’re disarming their attack against you” – Steve

These notes were edited by RoRoPa Editing Services

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