James Clear

James Clear quotes on prioritization

Author of the #1 NYT bestseller Atomic Habits. I write about building better habits.

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Some people need more focus. Others need to broaden their perspective. Some people need to try harder. Others need to stress less. Some people need to care more. Others need to let it go. The secret is you are both people. The key is to know which one you are in this moment.


Action forces prioritization. If you're stuck deciding between multiple options, force yourself to act. You can only act on one thing at a time, which means you will have to make something the top priority. Even if you pick wrong, you'll learn something.


How to Win 1. Broad funnel. Research widely, explore unrelated areas for ideas, create a huge dataset of options. 2. Tight filter. Eliminate nearly everything. Focus only on the best options. Prioritize asymmetric opportunities: limited downside, unlimited upside. 3. Repeat.


Margin of Safety is one of the most practical mental models for daily life. It shows up everywhere: -how much cash I keep in my emergency fund -how low I let my laptop battery get before recharging -how much time I leave to get to the airport

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