A famous quote, “When something is important enough, you do it, even if the odds are not in your favour,” was once said by the great inspiration of the century and multi-billionaire Elon Musk.
With his extremely hard work, dedication, smart decisions, and innovative ideas, Elon Musk changed the world. He runs two of the most innovative companies in the world, Tesla and SpaceX.
Besides working so hard, he also provides valuable time to his family and six teenage sons, in which the sixth child’s name is X AE A-12, and he enjoys memorable events with his family. But do you know how smartly he manages all his time, even though there is a lot of work and daily goals?
Daily Routine of Elon Musk
Musk once said that “Nobody changed the world on 40 hours a week”, Well a normal person has a daily routine, which usually begins by crawling out of bed, doing toothbrushes, then breakfast with some shower and then getting to work, but what this Billionaire Entrepreneur does is quite strange and a great motivation for all of us. He begins his routine by waking up at 7:00 AM and always looking for the Critical Emails and Messages on his smartphone in the first hour of consciousness.
These are generally about conference calls, journalists, important meetings or job candidates for SpaceX and Tesla, so a brief idea about the overall important work is set up in Musk’s mind. After that, he grabs a good hot shower and usually skips breakfast because he wants to get to work as soon as possible; he is very punctual regarding his office work. You see, he is much more focused and dedicated to completing the goal and achieving the milestones. Musk also prefers maintaining personal Hygiene. He goes to the gym twice a week and regularly does some workouts as soon as he completes his daily work.
He gives school time to his sons in Ad Astra School, a unique and innovative way of studying developed by the SpaceX team members. Musk does not believe in the curriculum of the other schools in the US and says that it lacks something more innovative or creative, so his school is designed in a way that is most suitable for highly talented or gifted children. Their curriculum is usually related to science, math, ethics, engineering, and something related to innovation and the discovery of new ideas in every domain of science and engineering.
Every year around 1000 students apply to this school, but unfortunately, only 10–20 may be selected because the requirements for this school is very high. They are trained not with pen/pencil handwriting but by typing on a computer. A lot of attention is given to learning about trending technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).
Musk foresees the future with upcoming High-end technologies, so he emphasises more focus on learning and implementing this new technology and best utilising these tools. He also started a non-profit project called OpenAI, which aims to achieve wider use of AI technologies, and this project is open to anyone who could come up with a creative or innovative idea that could be useful; he even worked on this project for around half of the day in achieving the project’s goal.
Now coming to his work week, he usually spends around 80–90 hours of the week working, which is generally the 40 hours most people do in a whole week. If we take an average of 80 to 90 hours of work a week, then a single day can be estimated to have around 16 hours of work every day. It is reported that Musk has been consuming a large amount of caffeine; instead of having a proper diet and sleeping, he does this to skip sleep. He consumed around eight cans of Diet Coke and several large cups of coffee daily, but one day, Musk told in his interview that he got so freaking jacked that he seriously started to lose peripheral vision. After this, he made his office caffeine-free and stocked it with diet coke.
A statistical report was made with multiple interviews with Musk. It was found that Musk spent an average of 12.1 hours on work, 6 hours of sleep, and 5.9 hours on non-essential work, whereas the average US employee aged between 25 and 54 years would spend an average of 6.3 hours on work, 7.8 hours on sleep, and 9.9 hours on non-essential work. It has also been found about Elon Musk’s average weekly work schedule. These were divided as follows: he spent 42 hours in Tesla, 40 hours in SpaceX, 5 hours in Neuralink, 2 hours in OpenAI and 2 hours in The Boring Co. This makes Musk very popular and an inspiration for all those who are working for his company.
How does Elon Musk Manage SpaceX and Tesla?
At the early start of Tesla’s company, he worked so much that he would fall asleep lying on the floor, which could cause severe health and mental issues. This is the reason he changed his working hours. He is even dedicated to a 5-minute work with full consciousness, which may sound strange. According to Musk, He always sets goals rather than dreams, which is different from what an average person does.
He says that if a person gives his full attention or, you can say, 100% focus on even a small task, then that requires a little time in completion, and there is a little less chance for any mistakes in this work. Musk always divides his daily schedule into a few smaller routines and into 5-minute fragments of time; this way, he gives attention to every work in detail. His week is divided so that Monday and Friday are for SpaceX, and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are for Tesla.
Musk believes that a perfect life can be created by doing small things perfectly; thus, every small effort can lead to great success. When talking about lunch, he usually does it during meetings with small meals like an omelette, salad, or even a few slices of pizza. He tries to eat quickly, as soon as possible, so he can get to work without wasting time. According to him, food is simply a fuel that does not need much time and attention to waste on it, rather than to look at the other goals that might be useful.
Elon Musk’s meetings are also based on simple rules like 4-6 people present during meetings and no large meetings. Also, if you don’t add any ideas or points during the meeting, then you are not allowed for a further meeting because Musk believes in quality time with some fruitful discussion and solving complex problems with some approaches, and not just wasting time by discussing it. He believes in every individual’s participation and contribution to the meeting. The meeting is set only for high-priority work and no frequent meetings, as it wastes time for everyone. Doing a lot of meetings would waste time discussing similar topics.
Musk always thinks about doing productive work, so he is always eager to learn new things. It may not be very good, but he always tries it. Talking about the weekends, Musk spent his time at SpaceX; he usually does this when working on large or complex projects, or else he would spend his time with family. He spent his Saturday with his five sons. Sunday is marked as Musk’s rest day. During this day, he would prefer to travel to new locations or move around his new mansion with some entertainment.
Another strange thing about Musk is that he checks for essential emails and messages during nature’s call or toilet. He believes it’s the best time to utilise it. Musk turns off his phone during work so that his concentration never breaks, and he checks for messages and emails on the toilet. He even uses unclear email addresses so that no one can spam his inbox, thus ensuring that he checks only very important emails.
After doing the heavy work all day, he prefers going to the gym, reading books, or giving quality time to his family. Musk always loves reading books so much that he dives into his thought and goes to bed around 1:00 AM. Thus, his total sleep is around 6 to 6.5 hours per night, And this schedule is not for a day or week but a Year. And That’s what makes him a successful entrepreneur and motivation for all of us.
Apart from knowing Elon Musk’s daily schedule, what important things can you learn and implement from this to succeed in life? Now, I am not saying that you go and blindly follow his schedule, but learn from his Golden Rules, and these are :
- Dream big, but make short goals. Because short goals are easy to accomplish and boost your confidence in achieving the target, try to break down your goals into manageable and small tasks that can be done quickly. This is called “smart work.”
- Always give time to your family. No matter what work you do or where you live. You must spend quality time with family or relatives because they are always there for you at every turn in your life.
- Utilise every minute of your time as time is more precious than gold, so you must use it wisely. You can always get your money back, but you can not get time.
- If you take a risk, and you succeed, you will be appreciated. If you fail, then you will learn a good lesson from it.