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If you’re like me, you might assume that billionaires are workaholics. After all, most times they are founders of companies and need to work around the clock to grow and expand them, right? In actuality, many billionaires have a balance between their work and personal lives. That balance includes routines that provide structure each day.
Today, let’s look at some of the interesting evening routines of some well-known billionaires, as they wind down after a busy day. You may want to adopt some of these routines!
While many people pay lip service to families being the most important thing in their lives, sometimes the reality is much different. Time with our families is one of the few things in life that money truly can’t buy.
I know for myself, working for the government allows me to come home at a decent hour everyday. That has been a wonderful benefit for me and my family. I know not everyone has the luxury of a 9-to-5. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to see how some billionaires prioritize their families as well.
The CEO for Intel, Andy Grove, said that he would leave work everyday at 6:30 p.m., regardless of what crisis there was at the time. In his book, High Output Management, he wrote, “My day ends when I’m tired and ready to go home… There is always more to be done, more that should be done, always more than can be done.”
English business magnate Sir Richard Branson falls asleep at 11 p.m. each night. Before that time, he winds down by spending time with family and friends after dinner, sharing stories and conversations where ideas are born.
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While many billionaires love to work out in the morning, some choose to exercise in the evening after a stressful day. Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint.com, lifts weights in the evenings. His hope is to get stronger and ensure that he is refocused for his next day at work.
I know for myself that I prefer to workout in the evenings. When I workout in the morning, I feel groggy and sluggish the rest of the day. My nightly workouts give me a way to expel all of my excess energy left from the day.
Most billionaires are voracious readers. Warren Buffett is known to read 600-1,000 pages every day. Bill Gates also constantly reads, reading 50 books per year and usually spending one hour each night reading before bed. You can find his recommendations here.
I have been trying to get in the habit of reading 30 minutes every night before bed. I don’t always succeed unless I find a great book. If you’re looking for a good read, I loved his recommendation of Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. It’s the story of how the Nike company was founded. You won’t be disappointed.
When I think of billionaires, I think of them having “help” with every aspect of their lives because, why not? With the amount of money billionaires have, they have the ability to virtually higher out everything in their lives, whether that’s cooking or cleaning or really anything. One of the things that I learned was that many billionaires choose to do those everyday, mundanes tasks, such as washing dishes.
For instance, both Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos wash the dishes in their households after dinner. They even go so far as to refuse help when others offer a lending hand. Bezos once said, “I’m pretty convinced it’s the sexiest thing I do.”
There may be something to it though.
According to a study by Florida State University, washing dishes is considered a stress reducer and a creative booster. I’m sure my wife will be excited to read this and put me to work right away. 🙂
Admittedly, I readily do this when I get home from work. I like to catch up on the news, to see what I missed while at work, and I love to have a baseball game on in the background while spending time with my family.
Interestingly enough, billionaires enjoy vegging out as well. Whether it’s catching up on their favorite TV show or playing cards and board games, billionaires appreciate a nice diversion from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Sheryl Sandberg, the COO for Facebook, likes to unwind by watching a few episodes of “bad TV”. Meanwhile, Warren Buffett enjoys playing a game of bridge.
These billionaires like to destress from long days, just like us.
Prayer and Meditation
Many billionaires decompress by carving out time to reflect on their day and life in general. For instance, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg recites the traditional Jewish prayer, the “Mi Shebeirach,” before his daughter Max goes to bed each night.
He’s not alone in praying and meditating each night. Before going to bed, Oprah Winfrey spends 20 minutes meditating. Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce.com, also believes in the importance of meditation. He shared that meditation helps “clear your mind, make room for some new ideas and get back to a beginner’s mind.”
Review Your Day
Founding Father Ben Franklin continually sought ways to improve himself each and every day. He would ask the following question: “What good have I done today?”
Many of the world’s billionaires also regularly ask themselves the same question. They reevaluate their performance on a daily basis to figure out what worked, what didn’t, and what they can improve upon for the next day.
Making Plans For Tomorrow
Most billionaires don’t rest on their laurels after reviewing their days. They start to prepare for the next day. They may do something as simple as laying their clothes out for the next morning, or they may determine specific goals for that day. Any and all preparation greatly help them to hit the ground running the next day. It ensures that they are as productive as they can be at work.
One of the most important things that people do to blow off steam is to have a hobby. Whether you’re a die-hard sports fan or enjoy reading nerdy Reddit threads, a hobby provides a great outlet.
In the same vein, we see billionaires who are obsessed with dinosaurs (businessman David Koch) and even collect rare beetles (the bug not the car– banker David Rockefeller). Having something to look forward to outside of work is important.
Entrepreneur Jim Rohn said, “A life worth living is a life worth recording.” Billionaires love to capture great ideas and spend time conceptualizing and gaining clarity on thoughts rolling around in their head. Journaling offers a great way to bring ideas to reality. Sometimes, these journal entries are useful in publishing books and memoirs later in life as well. They help document the progression of thought as well as growth as a person.
This is something that I need to do a lot more of.
“For the most part, I can’t tell you how important it is to take those first five minutes [of the day] and be thankful for life.”
Entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria
Many billionaires realize how blessed they are to live the lives they lead today. Being able to find contentment in life provides a level of grounding. Plus, it helps them focus in on life’s most important things.
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