The 5/25 Rule That Could Change Your Life

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Warren Buffett is ranked one the wealthiest men in the world and the most successful investor of the 20th century, so with that in mind, it’s probably a good idea to listen to his advice.

It is all about priorities and optimizing focus, so whether you’re an avid list maker or you’re the only person who can decipher through your disorganized mess, this strategy is a foolproof way to set goals whilst using the power of elimination.

Here’s how it’s done:

Step 1: Set your goals.

Firstly, write down your top 25 career goals. These can be short term, long term or something you’ve always daydreamed about but never had the courage to pursue.

Step 2: Choose your top 5.

This is probably the point where you’ll leave out ‘ride a unicorn’ or something like that. Picking out your top 5 goals can sometimes prove difficult, as it means letting go of goals that you really want to achieve but it’s an important part of the process. It teaches you what is most important to you, and you could be surprised by the answer.

Step 3: Split the list. 

Separate the list into two, leaving you with 20 goals on one and your top 5 on the other.

Step 4: Avoid at all costs.

Now, you’re left with 20 goals that Buffett named as the ones you should avoid at all costs. Your top five goals are the ones that you should be focusing on and the other 20 shouldn’t take any of your attention until the top 5 have been completed.

The 5/25 rule is an amazing way to help you to focus on what is important. By narrowing your goals down, you’re decluttering your mind. It simplifies everything and allows you to direct all of your energy, without wasting it on other goals that you may try to tackle because they’re easier or take less time and dedication.

Simple yet effective- every Career Girl’s dream.

Which goals would be in your top 5?


Written by Scarlet Emily

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