Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Elon Musk are among the wealthiest people on Earth. They are managing multi-billion dollar companies like Facebook, Microsoft, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. They need to handle tons of tasks every day and their decisions affect lots of people around the world. Read below how they manage to stay productive.
Mark Zuckerberg: The secret of the Facebook’s CEO consists of simplifying life by eliminating anything that is not directly related with work. His uniform consists of identical grey t-shirts and hoodies that he rotates through the week. This way he spends as little energy as possible on figuring out what to wear and saves time and energy for the real work. This way of thinking and living extends to other aspects in his life. Unlike other wealthy people, he is not driving some fancy cars but a modest black Acura. Although Mark is an owner of a few properties in Palo Alto, he keeps his abode pretty sparse. So by eliminating a lot of the extravagance available to him, he can dedicate the majority of his time to the real work.
Bill Gates: The CEO and chief software architect at Microsoft has shared in a blog post in 2006 how he handles emails efficiently with a very simple solution. He uses a larger three-monitor display area. As Gates has to handle lots of emails per day, he has dedicated one of the monitors for all the incoming emails, the second one is set for the emails he is currently working on and the third screen is for his regular desktop. This way he can multitask more efficiently. By dedicating a whole screen for the email he is working on, he makes sure each email is getting the needed attention. Bill Gates gets a year’s’ work of reading and thinking in a week by attending on an annual ThinkWeek to a cabin in the woods to isolate himself with reams of documents and books. Thus he plans strategies, examines partnering companies and goes over the past year.
Elon Musk: Elon Musk is CEO of SpaceX, CEO of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity, has five children and lots of ambitions. He claims to take six to six-and-a-half hours of sleep on average per night. To get through the day he is stimulated by caffeine and his desire to help humanity to colonize Mars. Musk is mastering multitasking by being able to send emails while scanning invoices, holds meetings and takes care of business on his phone at the same time and even texts with his children on his lap (for which he has been criticized for). He is spending around 15 hours at the office and claims that he never stops working. Being on an executive position in three companies leaves him no other way to do things better other than doing few things at a time.