The life of entrepreneurs is considered to be busy, unpredictable and chaotic. Apart from managing a business – thus large groups of people, they also have to make important decisions and attend board meetings, but at the same time take care of themselves and their families. Nevertheless, somehow they still manage to meet those looming deadlines sorted on time.
So what is it that makes them so successful and exceptionally efficient? The answer is their daily routines. Essentially their everyday schedule has an important part to play in ensuring that they make the most of their time and being productive.
Due to their limited amount of free time, these people have come up with certain strategies that they can apply to their work so that they get more things done in less time. Learning how the rich, famous and successful people cope with daily challenges and time can help you stay on top of your game.
Let’s go over the daily routines of some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world to help you build your own routine and make better use of your time:
1. Benjamin Franklin: Make some time for reflection
The famous scientist, inventor and printer was a strong believer in self-improvement. Franklin believed that following a strict routine would help him acquire the discipline he needed to stay on track. So he would ask himself two important questions every day:
The morning question: ‘What good shall I do this day?’
The evening question: ‘What good have I done today?’
Since Franklin’s busy life demands would allow frequent interruptions from his work, he also created a chart for his daily activities to measure his sleeping patterns, dinner time hours, work and reflection time:
- 5 to 7 am – Rise, wash and take resolution of the day, eat breakfast.
- 8 to 11 am – Work.
- 12 to 1 pm – Read, overlook accounts and dine.
- 2 to 5 pm – Work.
- 6 to 9 pm – Listen to music, engage in conversation, eat supper and examine the day.
- 10 to 4am – Sleep.
Through this daily routine, Franklin was able to monitor his performance tracking his process every step of the way. By literally having organised how he needed to spend every minute of the day he was able to commit to the program and ensure he was always being productive.
Another interesting fact about how he chose to use his reflection time is that he used to sit naked in front of an open window to take his regular ‘air bath’. This allowed him to get fresh air into the room thus staying healthy and to focus on what’s important while writing or reading.
2. Evan Williams: Exercise when least productive
The famous internet entrepreneur who created Twitter, Blogger and Medium has a different way of working around his busy schedule. Instead of working non-stop throughout the day he prefers to take the middle of the day off and visit the gym.
Williams believes he’s more productive in the morning, so he prefers to do some actual work during the earliest hours and then work out when he’s least productive to boost his energy levels. Essentially, he finds that working out at lunchtime is invigorating and refreshing and helps him focus on the tasks he needs to do at work.
3. Jack Dorsey: Theming the days
Founder of Twitter and Square’s CEO, Jack Dorsey is the definition of a workaholic. Having an 8-hour job is difficult as it gets, but this guy shows that it’s possible to balance two full-time jobs! There was a time when he actually worked 16-hours a day, working 8 hours for each company. This exhausting but highly impressive daily routine has kept him productive through his made-up technique of ‘theming the days’.
This means that he themes each day to help him concentrate on one thing that can work out for both companies. So instead of working on multiple tasks simultaneously, each day of the week he focuses on a single area of the business, whether it was managing the company, communicating with external partners, focusing on marketing or recruiting.
4. Barack Obama: Strive for work-life balance
Obama is a family man and a work-out fanatic. Every morning he eats breakfast with his family and helps his daughters prepare for the day. Then he hits the gym, doing weights and cardio exercises and by 9 am he makes sure he’s at his second home - the White House.
Apparently the President of the United States is also a night owl. After he makes sure he spends quality time with his family throughout dinner every day, he heads to his office for the night shift. He finds that working at night is more convenient and stays as late as 10 pm reviewing important documents and preparing for the next day.
Decisions over what he eats or wears are meaningless to Obama since he prefers to focus on other important decisions he has to make as President. It seems that he has everything under control having achieved the perfect work-life balance.
5. Timothy Ferriss: Keep it flexible
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Timothy Ferriss’s daily routine is that it’s never the same. Obviously the popular entrepreneur has some vague rules as to how he’s spending his time every day though he prefers to follow a rather flexible schedule. Whenever he has the need to enjoy a long weekend, he asks his assistants to avoid phoning calls on Mondays and Fridays and spends these two days doing admin work, making plans and setting priorities for the week.
So, what do all these people have in common?
- Waking up early.
- Planning the time you spend on specific activities e.g. hourly or daily.
- Enjoying some alone and family time.
- Exercising daily.
If you manage to set some priorities in your everyday life, then you will put your energy in the things that matter the most and be more productive. These practical tips from some of the most successful people from the past and present will help you make the most of the day.
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So what about you? How do you spend your time every day? Let me know in the comments section below…