It’s been over a decade since Steve Jobs passed away (he passed away on October 5, 2011), but his figure continues to pique the curiosity of Apple fans and non-Apple fans alike. That’s what usually happens when someone stands out from the crowd, in this case for turning the bitten-apple company into one of the most important tech companies in history.
Normally, the type of life of these people is one of the aspects that most often interest the public to have curious routines. Some believe that by following the same habits, they can achieve similar success. Steve Jobs, like many others, had his working days perfectly planned.
A day in the life of Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs with his family
Steve Jobs’ day started at 06:00, which is to say he got up before most people. This is a common trait of successful people because by getting up early they get the most out of the day. There are several examples of entrepreneurs and executives who start the day before the “game” of the streets:
Tim Cook. Apple’s current CEO wakes up even earlier than his predecessor. At 04:30 he is already sending emails and at 05:00 he can be found in the gym getting in shape. As Entrepreneur tells it, he’s always the first in the office and the last to leave. Marissa Mayer: the one who was the CEO of Yahoo! until 2017 he is not adept at lying down in bed to give free rein to his imagination in dreams. Although it is not specified when he wakes up, he sleeps between four and six hours a day. Anna Wintour: The editor-in-chief of the American version of fashion magazine Vogue has earned a reputation as a difficult and demanding woman. The character played by Meryl Streep in the film _?The Devil Wears Prada?_, based on the novel of the same name, is inspired by her. Wintour gets up at 5:40 a.m. to play tennis. Some say this routine gives you the vitality you need to face the day.
At the time when Steve Jobs took part in Apple’s keynotes to present new products, it was common to find him always wearing the same clothes, an outfit that has become iconic. But that’s also what she wore on a daily basis: a black Issey Miyaki turtleneck and blue jeans. This way, he made sure he didn’t waste time thinking about what to wear every morning and could make the most of it.
Steve Jobs’ “uniform” hasn’t changed over the years
At 6:30 a.m., I started to work. Whether he was in the offices of Apple, Pixar, or at home, he had everything he needed to get the day’s work done right at his fingertips. He had a T1 line in his house, which is a high-speed data transmission line that provides a constant and reliable throughput of 1.5 GB. This is a type of connection used to connect offices in several buildings. Jobs said that when he wasn’t in meetings, his job was to send emails.
An hour later, at 7:30 a.m., it was time to join the family for breakfast before leaving the house. The foods that were eaten were whole and dehydrated fruits, vegetables and Odwalla juices of the kind with screw caps. Many fruits and vegetables came from a family garden. Their children finished their homework and said goodbye to them as they left for school.
Arrival at the office and lunch
Apple offices in Infinite Loop, Apple’s nerve center before the construction of Apple Park
Despite the fact that Steve Jobs started working from home, he arrived at the office around 09:00. In his words, “If I’m lucky, I stay home and work for an hour because I can do a lot of things, but often I had to go. I would arrive around 8:00 or 9:00, having already worked an hour and a half or two at home.
Monday was one of the most “complicated” days because we took stock of the general situation of the company. He and the rest of the managers looked at how much had been sold the previous week and looked at how each product’s development was going, which had issues, and which had higher demand than they could meet. This took place from 09:30 and the meeting took place in the presence of the 10 most important leaders of Apple. Then, on Wednesday, he met with the marketing team.
Around 12:00 p.m., he began to eat his food. Jobs was a fruitarian, maintaining a very restrictive fruit-based vegan diet. It is mainly composed of raw fruits (75%), vegetables classified as fruits (tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, etc.), nuts and seeds. The rest of the vegetables, cereals and legumes are excluded, as well as those of animal origin. It is a diet low in protein, calories and certain minerals and vitamins. Sometimes he only ate one or two foods, like apples or carrots, for weeks. His obsession with food started in adolescence.
However, after Steve Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his family and doctors encouraged him to vary his diet and eat more protein, including animal protein. It was then that he developed an affinity for sushi, fatty tuna, salmon or horse mackerel. He also started incorporating eggs into his diet. These changes would redefine their way of life from frugivorous to pescetarian.
After lunch, around 1:30 p.m., I visited the Design lab. It was here that Jony Ive and his team of designers studied various prototypes for future Apple products. According to Jobs himself, “if they’re working on a new iPhone, I might pick up a stool and start playing around with different designs and feeling them in my hands.” Seeing how products and related meetings took up most of his working day, as Jobs relied on his intuition for new products.
Just before the end of the work day, at 3:00 p.m., he was answering emails, making calls and having meetings. By making his email address public, it was common for him to receive hundreds of messages in his inbox on any subject and from people he didn’t know at all, but he liked it because it was a way to keep in touch with everyone. There were also about 10 daily phone conversations between Pixar and Apple, and in the afternoon they could discuss future events, such as keynotes.
Coming home and bedtime routine
Steve Jobs with “smart water”
Steve Jobs came home around 5:30 p.m. Dinner, when her children were young, consisted of pasta with fresh tomatoes, corn from the garden, steamed cauliflower and a salad of grated raw carrots. Additionally, Steve’s sister mentioned that most meals were basically “one vegetable, but many. If it was in season, broccoli. Simply made and freshly picked.” It should also be noted that Jobs never drank alcohol, only the occasional glass of wine.
An hour later, he grabbed a few bottles of mineral water (usually Smart Water) from the fridge and, with Laurene, his wife, strolled through Palo Alto. Then, before going to bed, he listened to the music of his favorite artists, like Bob Dylan or Bach. Music helped him reorganize emotionally and spiritually. In addition, he practiced Buddhist philosophical and spiritual doctrine. This discipline is characterized by the belief in reincarnation and the aspiration to attain nirvana through a life of stillness, contemplation, austerity and moral discipline. He always carried with him a copy of ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’, written by Paramahansa Yogananda and which features meditation and yoga.
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