In January 2021, Elon Musk was crowned the new richest man, with 143 stars from his Falcon rocket and the launch of the domestic Model Y. The list of Elon Musk’s achievements has been ticked off several times in one go.
As one of the most successful and busy men in the world, Musk has managed seven companies and raised six children — much too much for the average person to handle. How does he do it?
First, there’s “Time Boxing,” which sets the length of a task — Musk plots his schedule in five-minute increments when he’s awake — into hundreds of “Time cubes” in a day.
When it comes to working hours, the minimum standard for each day is to deal with the most critical matters, including the most urgent work, the key people to meet, and the key activities that must be attended.
For the rest of his non-work schedule, Musk will try to squeeze in as little time as possible, including five minutes to eat, 10 hours a week for appointments, and three seconds to urinate.
He uses his mobile phone to handle business during meetings, replies to emails while checking invoices, and sometimes takes time to answer emails while holding his baby while playing on his lap…
Wired magazine did an interesting comparison of Musk’s time spent in 2017, and concluded that in one year, Musk has done what other people have done for eight years.
Space X versus Blue Origin, 1:6;
The time ratio of Tesla to Ford in building self-driving cars is 1:4.
To build the Hyperloop, Musk compared the California government’s project to one in six;
Tunnelling, The Boring Company compared to The normal Tube, takes 1:14;
The time it takes to deliver affordable electric vehicles from project approval to delivery is 2/3 that of GM.
Faster car production lines, which usually take 3 minutes to assemble a car, take 10 seconds to complete a Tesla robot production line, which takes 1:18;
Lander on Mars, according to the plan Musk wants to send humans to Mars in 2024, NASA to 2035, Musk and 1:8 lead;
What gives Musk his sense of control over time while he is technically managing it?