Editor's note: Inc. asked eight entrepreneurs at the top of their game to track for one day (Tuesday, November 29, 2016) how they spent every single hour. Productivity expert and author Laura Vanderkam then weighed in on what they're doing right, what they may be doing wrong, and how you can apply their productivity skills to your life.
Michelle Phan, 29, became a star teaching followers of her video blog how to use baby-blue eyeshadow and bright pink lipstick to transform themselves into Barbie, Snow White, and other characters. As co-founder of beauty subscription service Ipsy and founder of EM Cosmetics, Phan is now taking her eight million YouTube subscribers and building a business valued at a reported $800 million, all while making time to pursue the artistic passions that got her here in the first place.
12:00-8:00 a.m. Zzzzzz.
8:00 a.m. Wake up. Listen to music to get my vibes going. Check my messages and calendar to get ready for the day.
9:00 a.m. I'm not a big breakfast person and have reduced my intake
of coffee 90 percent. Now I start the day with green tea and green juice.
10:00 a.m. After figuring out my outfit situation, I shower and read the news and economy and tech stuff (thanks, waterproof phone).Then I scroll through my feed on my different accounts to see what's up.
11:00 a.m. Meet with my EM Cosmetics team. We approve product names, color themes, and website designs.
12:00 p.m. Have lunch meeting with founder of Shanghai-based business to explore partnership opportunities out East.
1:00 p.m. I'm back at my studio, testing our film camera. I haven't shot with one of these since I was in high school, so I have a nostalgic-feels moment.
2:00 p.m. Meet with Ipsy's EVP of media and programming for content ideas. The digital landscape moves fast, so it's my job to see what's ahead and where we should be.
3:00 p.m. I take a small break to work on my personal projects. I color and write my free web comic.
4:00 p.m. When you travel every month, your internal clock can get out of whack. This is the hour I get jet-lagged. I unwind by doing more editing work that doesn't require me to move around as much.
5:00 p.m. Have last-minute meetings, and then go home.
6:00 p.m. Relax, unwind, and work on next chapter release for Helios:Femina on
Webtoon. My web comic has become a form of creative therapy for me.
Laura says: Here comes the night
Michelle uses her evenings to pursue personal passions, including her web comic and practicing Mandarin. This is a smart idea for anyone. Set one or two intentions for each evening, whether it's reading something enlightening, going for a walk with your family, or calling a friend. Then, when things slide into the late-night multimedia sludge (reading Wikipedia while watching TV)--which happens to almost everyone--it's OK, because you've already done something with your time, so it hasn't been entirely wasted.
7:00 p.m. Take a couple of lessons from Rosetta Stone to learn Mandarin. I can't believe how well it works!
8:00 p.m. Order dinner from Postmates, because I'm too lazy to cook and clean up.
9:00 p.m. Eat while streaming my favorite movies, shows, and videos on TV.
10:00 p.m. I'm reading some random Wikipedia pages, articles, and sites, getting lost
online while the TV is on in the background.
11:00 p.m. I like listening to rain while I meditate. I have a playlist of nature sounds I find relaxing and healing. I play it before I sleep.