Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, Warren Buffet. Even though they work in different sectors, these entrepreneurs have become celebrities thanks to their ways of doing business, and they follow a series of routines that help them cope with their dizzying agendas without messing up their hair.
There is no single recipe for success, but there is a series of habits that help one to organize their day and be more productive. The great entrepreneurs know them and take them to the letter. These are some of their tricks.
1. Get up early a lot, or not
“I think if you have an interesting and complete life, sleep is not the most important thing.” The significant figures of the enterprise, such as television star Martha Stewart, have promoted the idea that getting little sleep and starting the day at 5 a.m. is one of the infallible recipes for success. However, stealing hours from sleep can be harmful to your health. Studies affirm that sleeping between 7 and 9 hours a day, improves memory, increases physical endurance, protects against disease, and increases attention and creativity, among other benefits. The ideal is to do what works best for oneself and to have precise hours in which you are most productive, to optimize one’s day.
2. Exercise, always
The benefits of exercising at the beginning of the day are innumerable: you are more alert during the day, sleep is improved, stress is reduced, and discipline habits are acquired, among other advantages. Bill Gates starts the day on the treadmill and enjoys playing tennis, and Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, repeats a seven-minute exercise routine three times a day. In this way, they face their most awake and motivated workdays.
3. A little meditation
“The outside world always tries to convince you that you’re not enough, but you shouldn’t take the bait. Meditation helps you resist.” The media mogul Oprah Winfrey has always been a great advocate of this discipline that she practices daily and, according to experts, reduces stress levels and improves health. Stopping for a few minutes and enjoying the quiet is a way to armor oneself against the anxiety of the everyday.
4. Outside distractions
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, always puts on the same clothes to go to work, and so does not waste time thinking about what to wear. Great entrepreneurs organize their day, eliminating distractions and keeping the essentials. Their planning focuses on minimizing the number of unimportant tasks to focus on the most important issues in their business.
5. Read, read, and read
Veteran businessman Warren Buffet says he spends 80% of his working day reading and reflecting. The habit of reading helps him accumulate knowledge, get inspired, and better understand others. Buffet has this formula: Treat yourself as the best customer and sell yourself an hour a day.
6. Sorting the tasks
Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, is very clear about what he needs to do to plan his days. He explained this in an interview for the podcast of Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, Masters of Scale. First, he recommends making as exhaustive a list as possible of everything that needs to be done during the day. Then, group similar tasks and look for joint action that either solve them all or gets what has been achieved in one serves to solve the next. In this way, the number of tasks is considerably reduced.