Out of the 7 billion people on our planet Earth, Jeff Bezos is the richest man out amongst all. He needs no introduction but here are few quick stats on Jeff Bezos –
- Founder of the e-commerce website we all love to use, Amazon, He is #1 on the Forbes list of Billionaires 2020, and is the richest man on the planet – (check out this article by Forbes for more details)
- His net worth is approximately $139.8 Bn as off 05 May 2020
Whether or not you believe that’s it’s a worthwhile goal to learn a thing or two from anyone who’s achieved such great heights as an Entrepreneur or a brand, I think it can at least teach you two things –
First of all – “How to see the world more clearly” how to cut through society’s delusional way of thinking and see the world the way it is and the way things really work.
And second of all “To be able to navigate this world with confidence and intent” and get things done that most people don’t even think are possible.
So today on Socially Desi, we will be sharing the Ultimate Guide to Jeff Bezos’s morning routine, and we are also going to be analyzing an interview by Jeff Bezos where he goes about this routine in detail.
Condensing down the main parts from that hour-long interview and relish the hidden gems that will let you see the world more clearly and will make you capable to navigate this world to get more of the things that you want and less of the things that you don’t require.
Ultimate Guide to Jeff Bezos’s morning routine
A lot of you must be wondering – “what does Jeff Bezos morning routine looks like”. Here is his routine –
- Wake up naturally without an alarm clock
- Read the newspaper and have coffee
- Have breakfast with kids before they head out for school
- Set up the first meeting of the day at 10:00 am
- No meetings post 5:00 pm
- Go to bed early to wake up early
Now that we have the routine in place. Let me elaborate on each routine and share key takeaways from this routine.
Wake up naturally without an alarm clock
Going by the interview its safe to say Jeff Bezos wakes up somewhere between 7:00 and 8:00 am. As per him, he likes to “putter” in his mornings. This means he likes to have a relaxed and pleasant morning without hurrying up into things. He also wakes up naturally without the use of an alarm clock.
Read the Newspaper and Have coffee
His puttering morning schedule is then followed by reading the newspaper while sipping on his favorite coffee. This gives his senses a boost as he begins his day learning and giving his body a shot of good old caffeine.
We have discussed a similar rule that all successful entrepreneurs in our blog titled – “The 5-hour Rule” Check it out after this blog to get more insights into how you can change your life with this simple 5-hour rule.
Have breakfast with Kids before they head out for school
This shows that he is a family man. The importance of family and dedicating time to them amidst your busy schedule is vital for a healthy relationship.
Not only kids but with your spouse or partner or any other family member. Giving them time is a priceless asset you create throughout your lifetime
Set up the first meeting of the day at 10:00 am
This is really crucial. He sets his first work meeting or task at 10:00 am and nothing before that time. This means he really spends his morning to relax and enjoy his life. One of the busiest and the wealthiest man on earth starts his work at 10:00 am.
No meetings post 5:00 pm
As per Bezos, he gets into decision fatigue by 5:00 pm. This is the time when his productivity levels are really low when it comes to making important decisions and in the life of Jeff Bezos, making decisions is most critical.
He explains that he is not required to do 1000s of tasks in a day, he is required to make a handful of decisions that will get those 1000s of tasks done more efficiently and profitably.
So whenever there are decisions to be made post 5:00 pm, he schedules them for the next day at 10:00 am.
Go to bed early to wake up early
A healthy mind and body are crucial for a healthy daily routine and running a multi-billion dollar empire is no joke. There’s a lot of stress, stakeholder expectations, and customer experiences to handle.
Bezos insists that having an early kickstart to your day, sleeping early, and getting sound sleep is essential.
Jeff Bezos’s fundamental beliefs
Let’s talk about some of the core fundamental concepts that frame what Jeff Bezos believes in –
How Jeff Bezos doesn’t associate his identity with external things
In life, there are some things that you can control and there are things that you cannot.
Even if you’re displaying the best of your abilities, there will be situations where things will not be going your way.
For example, when I create a blog or a podcast, I feel amazing! Creating my content is something that’s under my control. But if my blog doesn’t generate huge traffic or my podcast doesn’t attract more listeners, then no matter how good my blog or my podcast was, it’s going discourage me.
Now, I should focus on what I can control and ask myself “Did I make this blog or the podcast to the best of my ability?” Switching my focus to this mindset will encourage me because in this journey I’m getting better at creating blogs and publishing podcasts.
KEY TAKEAWAY: Don’t get caught up on things that you can’t control constantly. Ask yourself whether it’s something that you can or can’t control. Focus on what’s more important to you.
Short Term Sacrifices for Long Term Benefits
Remind yourself when you’re doing all you can to the best of your abilities, what you are doing is really trying to improve yourself. But if things aren’t going the way you want, remind yourself that if you keep taking positive actions, in the long run, positive actions will lead to positive outcomes and it will all come back to you.
There may be some variation in the things you’re doing now and the results you’re experiencing, but trust me, in the long run, everything will balance out and you’ll get what you deserve and worked hard for. That’s just the way the world works.
KEY TAKEAWAY: Have faith in your efforts and don’t get discouraged. Keep doing the best of your ability in the things that you can’t control.
How Jeff Bezos makes decisions
I want to minimize the number of regrets that I have in my life and most of our regrets are acts of omission. They’re things we didn’t try. It is the path not traveled by me. These are the things that haunt.
What I am trying to say is, when you’re confronted with a decision ask yourself – “which option am I going to regret the least” and then go with that one.
I actually used this mental model myself when I was deciding whether or not to drop out of my full-time job and start my own business and when I asked myself the question “what am I gonna regret more?” it was very obvious to me. I dropped out of my full time high paying job and pursued my business full time.
KEY TAKEAWAY: I really like this mental model because regret is one of those things that once you regret something you can’t really change the feeling. The thing you regret is now in the past so by trying to live a life of minimized regrets you’re living life through a lens that allows you to live a life that you’re proud of.
I hope you all enjoyed the Ultimate Guide to Jeff Bezos’s morning routine. To summarize, this is what Jeff Bezos does every morning –
- He Wakes up naturally without an alarm clock
- Reads the newspaper while sipping coffee
- Has breakfast with kids before they head out for school
- Sets up the first meeting of the day at 10:00 am and all other important meetings by noon
- Doesn’t get into meetings requiring decision-making post 5:00 pm
- Goes to bed early to wake up early
I would highly recommend trying out this routine and feeling the difference yourself.
I took on this challenge and have been following Jeff Bezos’s morning routine for the last 14 days. I will be sharing my experience and learning from it in the upcoming blog.
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P.S – All Jeff Bezos pictures are Courtesy – WikiMedia