Tesla CEO Elon Musk
To say that Elon Musk is a busy man would be a severe understatement, but to call him a workaholic may be an overstatement, since he still makes sure there's extra time for the important things in life.
How does Musk juggle two major companies, three small companies, and five sons, while still leaving room to eat, sleep, date, Tweet, and play?
Elon Musk's life revolves around innovation, and making the world a better place. Whether he's at Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company, Open AI, Neuralink, his home office, his car, a lunch date, on a plane, or with his boys, Musk is always living and loving his work. He spends about 90 percent of his working time between Tesla and SpaceX (with a bit more time at Tesla generally).
Elon Musk definitely enjoys driving, but he hates traffic. He likes to listen to music in the car. Perhaps it's one of the few times that he is away from it all ... sorta.
First of all, about the workaholic part ... if you enjoy what you do, are you really working? Yes, Musk works a ton of hours, but he recently cut back from about 100 hours per week to only 80 or 90. Ten to twenty extra hours in his week must feel like a lot (he needs that time to date). But, Musk has chosen all of these paths, and he's ultimately passionate about them. His work is merely an extension of his life ... it is his life really.
Musk has shared on numerous occasions that he only sleeps about six to 6.5 hours every night (from 1AM to 7AM). He found that cutting out sleep made him less productive, but too much sleep means less time to work. He says that the right amount of sleep is essential for productivity and everyone has to find their number. Many of us are on the "6 hours or so" of sleep schedule, and according to the National Sleep Foundation, this is an appropriate number. Musk shared:
“The right number for me is around 6 to 6.5 hours per night. Sleep is really great. I find if I don’t get enough sleep I’m quite grumpy…I could drop below a certain threshold of sleep, although I would be awake more hours I would get less done because my mental acuity would be affected.”
Musk also said that he has had to cut back on the caffeine, but the new work schedule allows for it. When he was pulling 100 hours a week, he lived on caffeine. He said:
“I got so freaking jacked that I seriously started to feel like I was losing my peripheral vision. Now, the office has caffeine-free Diet Coke.”
So, if Musk works 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and sleeps six hours, that leaves six hours for everything else. He admits that he may not be at the office for 12 hours, but he multi-tasks work-related communication during some of the time that he's with his kids, or doing non-work-related activities. Somehow, he spends four days a week with his kids, and he is actively dating. The boys spend some time with dad at the various factories and offices, travel with him, and also go on an annual camping trip. He shared:
"I’m a pretty good dad. I have the kids for slightly more than half the week and spend a fair bit of time with them. I also take them with me when I go out of town.”
Musk has been married a few times, and his boys are all from his first marriage. He married, divorced and remarried his second wife, Talulah Riley, but now they have split for good, and it was said to be amicable. Musk is single at the moment, and finding a girlfriend is a priority (he's been spending quite a bit of time with Amber Heard). He thinks that he needs about 10 hours a week to devote to a girlfriend. Musk explained:
“I think the time allocated to the businesses and the kids is going fine. I would like to allocate more time to dating, though. I need to find a girlfriend. That’s why I need to carve out just a little more time. I think maybe even another five to ten—how much time does a woman want a week? Maybe ten hours? That’s kind of the minimum? I don’t know.”
Added to all of this, Musk has been a lifelong gamer, and we all know that he loves his Twitter account. He concluded:
“I listen to music in the car. I do watch movies, although less these days. Hang out with kids, see friends, normal stuff. Sometimes go crazy on Twitter. But usually it’s work more.”