Being one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our century doesn’t sound like an easy job. If you thought that Amazon founder and CEO — as well as reportedly the wealthiest man in the world — Jeff Bezos leads a rushed and high-pressured life, you’d be surprised to find out what his daily routine and habits happen to be. Take a peek at a typical day in his life and see what you could adopt for yourself.
An Early Start
Unsurprisingly, Bezos is an early bird. He is a big advocate of getting enough sleep, although he doesn’t use an alarm clock to wake up early and starts his day in the early hours just like many entrepreneurs of his rank. After he gets out of bed, Bezos takes some time to do small tasks like reading the newspaper, have coffee, and a relaxed breakfast. He calls this his “puttering time.”
Important Things First
Jeff likes to tick off some mindless tasks right after he wakes up but once he gets to work, he prioritizes his most important meetings, starting at 10 am. Concentrating on these ensures that all the most thought-demanding decisions are made first. Having your brain handle the mentally-challenging work first is a good kick-off of your day.
No Decisions Later in the Day
The Amazon CEO avoids problem-solving and decision making towards the end of the workday. If it can wait, he leaves it for the morning when his brain is fresh. Decision fatigue often happens after a full day of making thoughtful choices and can really hinder your ability to stay focused on the bigger picture, resist temptations and exercise your will power. This means that the more energy-depleted you are, the less productive you will be and the worse decisions you will make.
Set Yourself for Success
You don’t have to be the founder of Amazon or a billionaire to have a morning routine that includes just the right activities you need in order to succeed. Jeff Bezos’ secret isn’t really that mysterious. He simply prioritizes self-care in order to be good at taking these highly-impactful decisions every day. If that’s the one thing you adopt from his daily rituals, you will inevitably be more successful no matter what you do for a living.