Some of the controversial figures proper now could be Elon Musk. Nowadays, you’ll be able to’t go a day with out seeing a headline in regards to the adjustments he has been making to Twitter, from shedding workers members in droves to now… asking them to return again?
Whether or not you want the person or not, he’s the richest man on the planet with a web value of US$201.3 billion. And despite the fact that Musk was born right into a well-off household, it nonetheless takes effort and onerous work (amongst different issues, some may argue) to amass that a lot wealth.
So, I made a decision to look into his day by day routine and adapt it to my very own work life.
Into the thoughts of Elon Musk
Claiming to have labored common 80 to 100-hour work weeks, Musk is what I might name an avid workaholic. However contemplating all of the success he has achieved, possibly there’s a way to that insanity.
As a way to actually perceive Musk, although, I spent an entire weekend deep-diving into his beliefs and ideas. I stalked his Twitter account, scrolled by way of the highest posts from his Reddit Ask Me Something (AMA) from 2015, and even listened to hours of podcasts that featured him.
It was a rabbit gap, and I jumped proper in.
I even discovered a duplicate of a guide he advisable, What We Owe the Future by William MacAskill. Admittedly, it’s not likely my cup of tea (and therefore I didn’t end it), however its exploration of “longtermism” gave me an thought of how Musk needs to function.
7:00AM: Time to grind
Again in 2015, Musk shared on the Reddit AMA that he sometimes slept at 1AM and awoke at 7AM.
In an August 2022 episode of FULL SEND PODCAST, nevertheless, Musk shares that he’s now much more nocturnal than ever, sleeping at 3AM and waking up at 9 or 9:30AM. Identical to earlier than, this grants him a grand whole of six (or six and a half) hours of sleep.
FYI, scientists consider adults want seven to 9 hours of sleep each night time.
I normally sleep round midnight or earlier than and wake at 7AM, which is a minimum of yet another hour than Musk’s common routine. It won’t sound like a lot, however shedding an hour of shuteye each night time will get exceedingly tiring.
The primary morning I attempted this routine, I felt okay, and even energetic. Nevertheless, I shortly felt my lethargy sink in round lunchtime and I used to be exhausted by the night, much more so than after I tried Steve Jobs’ morning routine which began at 6AM.
7:05AM: Low depth, excessive affect
In the identical Reddit AMA, Musk shared that the very first thing he did each morning was verify his emails. Nevertheless, within the FULL SEND PODCAST, he shared that he was truly making an attempt to do 20 minutes of train within the morning.
An INC article identified that beforehand sedentary adults (i.e. Musk) who began doing 20 minutes of low- to moderate-intensity cardio train 3 times per week for six weeks felt much less fatigued and extra energised.
So, I seemed up a low-intensity exercise routine on YouTube that was roughly 20 minutes and did that for 3 out of the 5 mornings I attempted Musk’s routine for. I loved the exercise and it truly did really feel good to stretch out my muscle tissue very first thing within the morning.
That is one thing I undoubtedly need to incorporate into my morning routines down the highway.
7:35AM: Morning bathe
After the exercise comes certainly one of Musk’s most crucial morning habits—the morning bathe.
Though Musk swears by morning showers, it was simply my least favorite a part of the routine. There’s simply one thing in regards to the humidity of a bathe that adheres to me even after I dry myself. It brings again all my morning grogginess, making me really feel sluggish and sluggish.
It was an attention-grabbing routine to check out, however for private causes, I cannot be implementing the morning bathe into my day by day routine.
7:45AM: Espresso and emails
Unsurprisingly, Musk is fairly huge on caffeine and is alleged to drink two cups a day. Fortunately, I additionally get pleasure from my morning cuppa joes.
I paired this “down” time with studying my emails, since Musk is now making an attempt not to do this very first thing within the morning. Nevertheless, I’m fairly certain I don’t have as many emails because the multi-hyphenate, and my messages most likely had quite a bit decrease stakes.
After my espresso, I might pack and go away for the workplace. Musk normally drops his children off first, most likely in a Tesla, however I don’t have that, so I took the subsequent neatest thing—the LRT.
9:15AM: Breakfast of champions
On my technique to the workplace, I often decide up a fast breakfast from the bakery or Household Mart, however as a result of Elon Musk skips breakfast, I did as nicely.
Whereas I don’t eat breakfast each single day, I do get pleasure from it on days the place I really feel like I deserve a deal with. Nevertheless, Musk doesn’t appear to worth diet all that a lot. Not less than, he didn’t use to.
In spite of everything, he was quoted to say issues like ,“If there was a manner I couldn’t eat to work extra, I wouldn’t eat.”
Nevertheless, it’s not just like the billionaire doesn’t get pleasure from meals. He had stated on an episode of Joe Rogan’s podcast, “I want to eat tasty dishes and stay a shorter life.” From his basic life-style, it looks like work trumps even good meals for the person, although.
9:30AM: Crunch time
For years now, Elon Musk has been related to the “five-minute rule”, a form of time-blocking methodology the place you intend your day in five-minute durations at a time.
Supposedly, it is a cognitive-behavioural approach designed to assist individuals overcome procrastination and grow to be extra productive.
However right here’s a fast five-minute myth-busting session for you—the entrepreneur tweeted in 2018 that he undoubtedly doesn’t practise it. He even wrote that he must have “lengthy uninterrupted occasions to suppose” and be inventive.
One factor that Musk does consider, although, is working within the workplace.
Only in the near past, on November 9, 2:30AM, he despatched out an e mail to Twitter staff asserting the top of distant working.
Identical to in his different firms, the billionaire expects workers to be within the workplace a minimum of 40 hours per week until they got the approval to work elsewhere.
Reportedly, he wrote within the e mail that “the highway forward is arduous and would require intense work to succeed.”
And that was his first-ever e mail to the workers of Twitter. Wild.
From what Musk stated on the Joe Rogan podcast, it’s clear that he doesn’t precisely place a number of worth on wholesome consuming.
Nevertheless, this may’ve modified in current occasions, contemplating the truth that he tweeted in August about making an attempt intermittent fasting. I didn’t precisely comply with by way of with that, however skipping breakfast counts… proper?
The billionaire was additionally stated to “wolf down” his lunches in 5 minutes, however possibly that’s additionally a fantasy, identical to the five-minute rule falsely attributed to him. Regardless, I skipped this as I actually didn’t need to give myself indigestion, as a lot as I need to keep trustworthy to his routine.
In any case, his workaholic life-style makes me assume that he circles his lunches round work, not work round his lunches. So, throughout the week, I largely simply ate lunch at any time when I used to be performed with a sure job, slightly than planning out a particular time to eat.
2-3:30PM: Soda break
A surprising behavior I discovered about Musk throughout my analysis was that he used to drink eight cans of Weight loss plan Coke, a minimum of in keeping with a Enterprise Insider report.
Musk stated that he’s slowed down on this behavior lately, although a July tweet of his exhibits that he nonetheless has a deep affection for the beverage.
One other factor I learnt, although, was the truth that food plan coke just about doesn’t exist in Malaysia anymore, having been largely changed by Coke Zero, which has much less caffeine.
On my first day, I couldn’t truly discover a Coke Zero close by, so I opted for normal previous Coca-Cola as a substitute. The sugar crash left by the sicky-sweet drink was debilitating, so I steadfastly caught to Coke Zero for the rest of the week.
7:30PM: Work, work, work
I normally clock out at 7PM or so, however Elon Musk? He clocks out at 10PM.
Nevertheless, as a lot because the billionaire loves in-office work, I didn’t need to keep again for that lengthy; I might slightly pack up and convey my work residence. Which I did.
On nights when the practice was emptier, I might whip out my laptop computer to get some writing performed. I might additionally work on some duties from residence after dinner. It was very tiring, and in the end, I don’t suppose it helped my productiveness in any respect.
After I wrote about following Steve Jobs’ routine, I bought some feedback about how I “ought to give up my job if it’s not motivating”, and whether or not I “earnestly have an equal imaginative and prescient and keenness to stay out” because the late entrepreneur.
Ardour and motivation appear to be the operative phrases right here. And like these commenters, I consider that’s true, to a sure extent. As a way to work as intensely as Musk and never burn out, you most likely have to be a extremely motivated particular person, pushed by ardour in what you do.
However I’m passionate, too. Motivated as nicely. As for whether or not it’s equal or not, I don’t know. How do you even measure that?
That apart, not everyone seems to be wired to work this manner. For many individuals similar to myself, working over a sure threshold of hours begins being counterproductive.
True ardour and motivation imply you’ll be able to take heed to your personal physique, adapting and catering your schedule to your self. For me, that schedule is nowhere near Musk’s.
However with all of the current controversies Musk has been embroiled in as Twitter’s CEO, who is aware of how strictly he’s following his personal routines lately anyway.
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