A Day In The Life Of Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO – check out what a typical day looks like when you’re at the top of Google. How do you think Sundar Pichai spends his time? What tools does he use to get his work done? Let’s take a closer look…
Waking Up At 5 AM
Sundar Pichai starts his day at 5 AM. He is up before dawn and readies himself for the day ahead. For breakfast, he enjoys eggs with vegetables or cereal and a boiled egg, usually watched by his wife of 20 years. Then he is off to the gym for an hour where he does weight training. He runs on a treadmill and spends time working on core stability in a Pilates session.
Breakfast With Employees
Sundar likes to start his day with a breakfast meeting to catch up with the team. He’ll typically come in and talk about what he did over the weekend and ask people about what they’re working on. Sundar doesn’t eat any food during these meetings; he drinks coffee while his team eats their breakfast. This is just one of many ways that Sundar tries to maintain a sense of normalcy within his life even as he runs an incredibly successful company and has a lot of power within the company.
Daily Standup Meeting
To optimize for time, he asks the team to prepare for the meeting ahead of time and share an update on where they’re at in terms of their respective projects. By 9:00 am, Sundar is done with his morning routine which includes getting breakfast and catching up on important emails before heading back to his desk to review reports and work on high-priority items. At 11:00 am, Sundar has a lunch meeting with one of his top managers and discusses priorities and ideas as well as provides guidance.
Lunch And Brain Dump Time
Sundar Pichai is known for his rapid-fire and frequent brain dumps to keep employees on the same page. Monday through Friday he has lunch with a different team to pick their brains about their work. Sundar Pichai says these lunches force him to think about how he might do things differently. On Tuesday morning at 8:00 am local time, he holds a company meeting for all 100,000 of its employees around the world that are participating in teleconferencing. He then continues with meetings throughout the day as well as reviews of products before ending each day with another 15-minute meeting at 5:30 pm local time to go over what’s coming up tomorrow.
Sundar’s job is to take care of all the intricate details that go into running a business with over 70,000 employees in 50 countries. He works through an inbox system of email messages and other tasks that he checks throughout the day. However, his days can be longer if something unexpected comes up and there are no end to how short they may be if the timing just isn’t right for a meeting or event.
Afternoon Product Meeting Section
Sundar has three children. His son and daughter live in San Francisco with their mother while his other daughter lives in Singapore with her mother. He speaks to them often over FaceTime and email. If he is not at home then he will be either travelling or working in Mountain View as the CEO of a giant corporation that is behind projects like Gmail, Android, YouTube, Chrome and Maps.
Sundar sleeps for six hours every night but gets up early when possible because it is easier to work early into the morning from his own home office before taking the hour-long commute from Silicon Valley to Mountain View.
Dinner Time And Last Questions Before Bedtime
Sundar is known for turning off his phone and spending time with his family before bed. Every evening around 7 pm, he turns his attention to dinner time. He says the food helps him stay balanced and fit. Every day, he has a green smoothie for breakfast that contains blueberries and kale mixed with oatmeal and yoghurt.
He goes on to have lunch around noon – which usually consists of an egg sandwich with avocado or hummus on a toasted whole wheat English muffin followed by an apple. Finally, at 6 pm, he’ll have what would be considered a ‘second supper’ – which is typically another green smoothie or soup from the ingredients in his fridge or freezer.
At night, he showers around 8 pm before making a cup of tea. He goes on to read and do some writing for about an hour before going to bed. This routine is his usual daily schedule which he does seven days a week.
Sundar was asked what advice he would give to anyone who wishes to succeed in their career as well as their personal life – his response was To not be too hard on yourself. He went on to say that no one can achieve perfection and it’s important for people to understand where they are and where they want to be in their lives.