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What is your average day like as a successful entrepreneur?

From the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep...

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Jeffrey Pearl
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Jeffrey Pearl Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur, CEO and Sales Leader
Bogdan is right! You wear lots of different hats! So, the fact that you are doing most everything, there is not enough time in the day! Not as rewarding, BUT much easier working for "the man" :)
Chuck Bartok
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Chuck Bartok Entrepreneur
Marketing and Sales Manager at MD Building Systems of Florida, Inc
Just have FUN each and every minute of waking hours
Usually 4AM to 10 PM.
There is no alternative
Michael Barnathan
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Michael Barnathan Entrepreneur • Advisor
Co-Founder of The Mountaintop Program, Google Alum
How successful? Also, successful in a past venture, or a current one?
Bogdan Mirkac
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Bogdan Mirkac Entrepreneur
Electronic engineer / business development manager
Thanks for your answers, I meant in general.
How much time do you guys sleep, do you manage to live healthy, go to the gym, have some time for yourself? I mean I am not near a successful entrepreneur and still the day is too short.
John Barley
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John Barley Entrepreneur
Insurance Broker | Risk Management Expert | Organisational Health Coach

Every day is different. But the main benefit is that I can explore opportunities at my pace and delve into the opportunity and decide if I invest or leave it alone.

The responsibility though is knowing that any decision made also at some point will include the people that work within the company. So it had better be the right decision.

In answer to your last question. I know I need 7- 8 hours sleep a night - deep sleep to be re energised. I practice Tai Chi , I take top grade supplements and Vitamins, I also eat Paleo . There are a number of reasons for this regime which I am more than happy to share with you if you are interested . Nutrition sleep and food choice is critical to maintain optimal health.

Matthew Owen
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Matthew Owen Entrepreneur
Chief Information Officer, MeetBall
Mayhem.
John Barley
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John Barley Entrepreneur
Insurance Broker | Risk Management Expert | Organisational Health Coach

You have to have down time . I enjoy my Classic cars and restoring them . I enjoy reading . I enjoy drawing and painting.

If you don't have down time you will become ill . The stress will get you sooner or later and many people suffer from Adrenal Fatigue and they don't know it. But there are symptoms which again I am most happy to share

Rob Gropper
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Rob Gropper Entrepreneur
Director at PetHero, SPC - Member at Eastside Incubator - Principal at Tuxedo Technologies Group
my average day has changed the more startups i get under my belt. 100 hr weeks for months on end, no social or family life and failed relationships as a result used to be the norm. It's hard to regulate - i tend to go in sprints (binges?) depending on the state of the startup. Early on tends to be very intensive (100+ hr weeks) then when development starts (i don't do dev) i can take time to breath (50-60 hr weeks) until the next big sprint which is beta testing. Once sales start i'm at perhaps 60-80 hrs/wk for quite a while until we can afford to bring on more resources. if i wait "until things are running smoothly" i'll wait forever so now i force myself to take time away from work. I now have kids which has forced me to take time each day to focus on something other than the business. Daily exercise is something i rarely skip (didn't used to) and 6-7 hrs of sleep seems to be fine. I also need time to think, usually during my run, but especially in the early stages sometimes i need extended, uninterrupted time so a 3-4 day backpacking trip where i can't connect does the trick.
Aleksey Klempner
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Aleksey Klempner Entrepreneur • Advisor
Entrepreneur, Executive, Angel Investor
1) Sleep well
2) Eat well
3) No alcohol
4) No drugs
5) Wake up at 6
6) First call 6:30
7) Work out at 7:30
6) Have a plan and spend mornings for the most important things.
7) Lunch with someone important (preferably family member)
8) Spend the rest of the day in meetings, appointments, etc.
9) Dinner with family
10) Do something fun (play music, play with kids, watch a movie, learn new language, read, etc.)
11) Go to bed (early preferably)
12) Repeat and have fun

Michael Barnathan
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Michael Barnathan Entrepreneur • Advisor
Co-Founder of The Mountaintop Program, Google Alum
I fall somewhere between the CTO and CEO camps, wearing both hats but definitely preferring the technical one when a more competent CEO already exists - so my schedule is going to be more of a "maker's schedule" than a "manager's schedule". That means long blocks of focused work time.

Typically, things are fairly calm up until the actual launch (but I'm of the belief that you're cutting things too close if launching a week later changes the fate of your company). Once the launch happens and you start getting traction, you will forever have a feedback pipeline to address from your users, and will have to balance this with other responsibilities that also increase with traction, such as bizdev. You do live and breathe the company for a while, but I think the people putting in 100+h each week, every week are destined for burnout before they see anything come of their efforts. It's a marathon, not a sprint, after all.

Instead, I like to optimize for efficiency and spaced repetition. Back when I was working on an app (also when I was writing my thesis), my day used to look something like this:

~10 AM: Wake up, shower, dress, feed my cats, etc. Record any ideas I had overnight.
~10:30 AM: Check emails, reviews, web alerts, and analytics dashboards.
~11:00 AM: Check to-do board, get to work on the highest priorities. Stare intently at screen. Write some code. Compile, pet cats. Repeat.
~2:00 PM: Lowest energy time of the day for me - so it's lunchtime / time for lunch meetings. I try to make as many meetings as possible lunch meetings, because they put both people in a good mood, require fewer context switches, and because I am an unabashed foodie.
~3-4 PM: Still in lunch / meeting mode. Any phone calls get booked during this time. This is also time for people who want a "quick coffee". Check email, etc. again.
~4 PM: By now, I'm getting back into the thick of work. Headphones on, music up, IDE open.
One hour before sunset: go for a walk alone or with someone I care about, followed by dinner, sometimes shopping or a movie.
~9 PM: Update todo board, then back to work until the wee hours. Such a good time to focus.
~2 AM: Update todo board for tomorrow, get at least 7h of sleep.

Overall, I probably worked about 9 or 10 hours a day. But importantly, I varied the work up and used the natural high and low points in my circadian cycle to my advantage. I seldom felt tired or bored, the defining characteristics of my day when I used to work for other people. Occasionally I'd be glued to the screen or the phone before big launches or partnership/acquisition discussions, but I made sure these were the exception, not the rule.

I sold the company off for a decent sum before it had the chance to grow into a larger business that required an office, fundraising, coordinating lots of employees, and a bunch of other things that seemed like they'd destroy the lifestyle for a questionable amount of incremental value. When there were tasks I was weak at or didn't have the time to do effectively, I hired contractors or a firm, but only through personal recommendations from people in my network.

These days I'm involved in an education nonprofit, and things are a lot lower intensity - so I spend most of my day tinkering on side projects (particularly IoT stuff) as the mood strikes, with the occasional paid engagement from a friend who needs something built. I do sometimes worry I'm losing the discipline I previously had to a regimen that's too unstructured.

So that's during and after a modest success. Rocket ships, VC-backed startups, or companies with really frenetic founders would have different characteristics, naturally.
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