WDYDAD? Ramit Sethi, Entrepreneur

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Person: Ramit Sethi

Job: creator of IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com and Co-founder & VP Marketing for PBwiki.

Favorite Book: Doctors by Erich Segal

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I’m not really sure if I’m the best person to write this, but if Noah asks, how can I say no?

Lots of people ask me, “How many hours do you spend working/day?” I never really know how to respond because my work isn’t really like that. It’s not based on number of hours, or lines of code, or whatever. It’s based on finishing projects, coming up with ideas, meeting the right people, and writing. And while I’m doing work, I’m also browsing blogs and answering emails. So is that work or not? It’s impossible to separate them.

On a typical day, I wake up around 6:30 or 7am (I’m weird like that), check email, and read blogs/Reddit for about an hour. I work from home so there’s no commute. I’ll usually try to finish the IWillTeachYouToBeRich article I started the night before and post it sometime in the morning.

During the day, I’ll work on marketing and improving the usability of PBwiki. Here are the most common things I do:

  • Sketch out how new features should look and feel
  • Coordinate with engineering (“Is this possible?”)
  • Coordinate with our designer (“Make it look pretty”)
  • Work on outbound marketing (identify who we want to use PBwiki and how we want to spread the word, and then do it)
  • Monitor support emails
  • Misc stuff like hiring and setting up meetings

During the day, I also take lots of breaks to visit friends for lunch, meet with other entrepreneurs, watch a show on TV, take a nap, go for a run, etc. It helps me to focus when I need to, plus it keeps me from going crazy when working from my house. In terms of just raw logistics, I spend a ton of time on my email and calendar every day (my goal is to get back to everyone within 48 hours max). In the evening, I might meet up with someone, then come back and try to get some writing in. The weekends are pretty low-key work-wise, but I spend some time on a recruiting book I’m writing with two friends and some other pet projects. Most nights, I usually get to sleep by 11:30pm or midnight. So while there’s literally no division between work and personal life, I guess that’s exactly how I like it.

Links:

http://www.ramitsethi.com my web site

http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com my personal-finance blog

http://www.pbwiki.com our wiki company

http://www.bittershirts.com/thingsihate — my comedy blog

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2 responses to “WDYDAD? Ramit Sethi, Entrepreneur

  1. Andrew Reply

    Your schedule sounds like mine in many ways. I find working from home can be incredibly liberating while also requiring some discipline. Once you have a schedule set up you can really get a lot done. I also agree that taking breaks is essential to keep the energy going.