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6:00am: Wake Up
“I’ll wake up sixish and work a little before the kids get up.”-Steve Jobs
So Steve Jobs usually wakes up at 6am. He puts on the same exact clothes – an Issey Miyaki black mock turtleneck and blue jeans. You know that famous Steve Jobs picture.
I don’t have the exact clothes but this is the best I could do. Wow, I look like someone my Asian parents would be proud of.
I’m going to assume he also does his face wash and teeth brushing in the morning. He then looks into the mirror and asks:
“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”-Steve Jobs
My answer to that is a: hell yes. And I carry on with my day.
“When I’m not in meetings, my work is fundamentally on email. So I’ll work a little before the kids get up.”– Steve Jobs
He gets right into email work before his family wakes up. Unlike Steve Jobs, who gets hundreds of emails, I open my inbox to find one. I’m still thrilled and open it. But then I realize it’s an email from a GoodReads ad. You’re a real one, GoodReads.
7:30am: Breakfast With Family
By 7:30am, Steve Jobs usually has breakfast with his family. So I wake my late riser mom up but get slapped for doing that. Still, all is well and then I enjoy food with her. His preferred snacks were whole and dried fruits and Odwalla juices. Healthy and interesting.
By 9am, Steve Jobs usually goes to his office to start his serious work. You know, work that involves the iPhone you’re holding now.
I’m in quarantine so I can’t really go to an office now. I’ll just improvise and place a label “office” in my living room. I’m going to do some work myself. Something just as awesome as Apple work. YouTuber stuff, blogging and content writing. I know. Life-changing stuff, right?
“I put out an agenda — 80% is the same as it was the last week, and we just walk down it every single week”– Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs reserves Mondays to have meetings with other awesome intelligent people. So I’ve scheduled some calls with my accountability partners. We discuss our goals, plans and action steps for the week. We just reek of responsibility.
At 12pm, Steve Jobs finally takes his lunch. He was a fruitician. So I’m going to follow his super healthy diet. A diet composed of mainly carrots, apples, nuts, seeds, grains, other fruits, other veggies and absolutely no animal products. Honestly, I don’t feel full at all. My body is thanking me for all the nutrients but my stomach sounds like a dying whale. Regardless, I’ll do my best to go through the day.
1:00pm: More Work.
After lunch, he goes back to work. It’s a good thing I didn’t eat a heavy meal or else an afternoon slump would appear.
3:00pm: Emails, phone calls, and meetings.
“Sometimes I can get about 100 or more of those a day from people I will never meet. But I zing ’em around, and it’s good to keep us all in touch.”– Steve Jobs
By 3pm, Steve Jobs does some other work which includes emails, phone calls and meetings. So I clear out my sad inbox and call up some more accountability partners. But then I run out of things to say. I’m the CEO of awkward silence.
5:30pm: Family Dinner.
Steve Job’s dinner was often pasta with raw tomatoes, fresh raw corn from the garden, steamed cauliflower and a salad of raw shredded carrots. So I’ll try to make that meal myself. This is me trying my best. Go ahead and judge but I don’t like what I’m doing either.
Steve Jobs then enjoys his dinner with his family. Something we both share in common! I enjoy dinner with my mom. It’s 10% eating. 90% lecturing me.
6:30pm: Evening Walk.
By 6:30pm, Steve Jobs takes an evening walk or run after dinner. This is strange for me since I always do my walks in the mornings and afternoons. Mostly because I’m scared of getting murdered at night. Still, I suck it up and walk. But I get scared by some creep following me. But then I realize it’s my own shadow. Good thing about summer is that it’s brighter, earlier, and disgustingly humid.
10pm: Music , Meditation and Spirituality.
At 10pm, Steve Jobs enjoys downtime by drinking some herbal tea and then listening to some music and meditating. Steve Jobs’ favorite artists ranged from Bob Dylan to Bach. So I’ll listen to both.
Steve also practiced Zen Buddhism and always carried a copy of autobiography of a Yogi with him.
My family happens to practice Buddhism so this is luckily familiar territory for me. But today meditation is a struggle for me. try meditating but my brain wanders off to stupid thoughts. My brain cells have left the room.
What a day! Productive, healthy and relaxing day. I’ll leave you with this last Steve Job’s quote:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”– Steve Jobs
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