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This Is Why Highly Successful People Wear The Same Thing Every Day

This Is Why Highly Successful People Wear The Same Thing Every Day
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Aside from their tremendous impact on the world, their creative genius and their cult following, what do Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Albert Einstein all have in common ? Yes, you guessed correctly: They all have their own signature style that they wear every day.

Ever considered doing so yourself ? Here are some reasons why you might want to consider it:

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It’s Simple

Simple is often genius. Complicated is often dizzying. If you are like most of Americans, you barely wear 80% of items in your closet. Instead of feeling constrained by the thought of picking a uniform, consider it a way to wear your unique look all the time. Your signature style is yours alone and can be as humdrum or unique as you like. Jeans and a turtle neck? Grey suit or blue suit? Chances are you have certain outfits you enjoy wearing more than others already, so you don’t really have to think too hard.

Simply define your own uniform, buy more of what you love for each weekday and organize your closet accordingly. Give away the items that don’t work for you anymore, and finally have that organized closet you have been dreaming of.

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Decision-Free Zone

We make more decisions on a daily basis than ever before—do we also have to choose an outfit each day, too? Mark Zuckerberg enjoys the freedom his signature grey T-shirts bring him: “I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community.”

With mornings being as harried as they are, zero decision making at the start of the day sounds quite liberating. Think of all the stress having a uniform could save. With all the talk about the “aha” moments people have in the shower, do you really want to be the person still mentally going through their closet when you could be mentally creating the next big thing?

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Do the Math

Just to be clear, no one is saying wearing the exact same item day in and day out—that would be quite gross. Just  have a basic uniform and tweak accord to your lifestyle. Maybe it’s chinos, maybe it’s cashmere. Work out how many of each you need to have a seamless flow of clothes ready for you each morning. If you wore a uniform in school, chances are you hated it, but it certainly made those mornings easier. So now that you get to pick your own uniform, why not give it a try?

It Saves Money

By knowing what you wear daily, you can be sure to always have a few extra items of your choice saved away for a rainy day by stocking up when they’re on sale. Closets become streamlined! Packing for travel becomes a synch! And you can even stash a few extra items at work.

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It Boosts Confidence and Increases Focus

You know what items work for you and your body type and give you the confidence to focus more on your work and be a better team player. No need to wear the ill-fitting items just because you bought them haphazardly because they were on sale, or because they’re the only clean clothes ready for wear for you that morning. By creating your own uniform, you are able to be stylish and comfortable every day.

It’s Predictable

Above all, by defining and creating our signature style, we are “good to go” on a daily basis with minimal effort or thought. Additionally, with all the craziness in the world, we can at least have the stability of knowing our daily uniform will be predictable. And for that reason alone, it very well may worth it.

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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