Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Morning Routine (Including a Photo of His Favorite Running Partner)

Mark Zuckerberg rose to fame when his social platform, Facebook, took off in the early 2000s. Today, he tries to find a balance between his busy CEO life and his family life. Between finding time to work, exercise (check out his surprising running partner on page 4), and spend time with his daughters, Zuckerberg is spread pretty thin. But he somehow manages to do it all.

Here’s a day in the life of the Facebook CEO.

He wakes up at 8 a.m. each morning

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg isn’t exactly an early riser.  | David Ramos/Getty Images

You might think the CEO of one of the world’s most influential companies would wake up at the crack of dawn. But according to Business Insider, Zuckerberg takes his time getting up in the morning and usually doesn’t get out of bed before 8 a.m. Surprisingly, other CEOs, such as Jeff Bezos, don’t set their alarms for too early either. Perhaps sleeping in is the true key to success.

Next: This is the first thing Zuckerberg does when he wakes up. 

The first thing he does is check Facebook

Facebook Mobile App

Unsurprisingly, he checks Facebook first thing in the morning. | Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images

This comes as no surprise. The CEO once told Jerry Seinfeld the first thing he does when he wakes up is check his precious Facebook. He also checks Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Zuckerberg did mention that sometimes his mornings are thrown off if he wakes up to a fussy baby. The CEO has two young daughters, Max and August.

Next: He finds time to fit this in at least three days per week. 

Once he’s off his phone, it’s time to work out

Zuckerberg after a morning run. | Mark Zuckerberg via Instagram

No matter how important you are, you still need to keep your body healthy. Even Vladimir Putin spends hours on his morning workout routine. And Zuckerberg is also one to hit the gym every morning. Actually, he goes for a morning run, and tries to fit one in at least three times each week. He also brings along his favorite running partner, and you’ll be surprised by who it is.

Next: His workout partner isn’t who you’d expect. 

His mop dog is his workout buddy

Zuckerbergs dog beast

Zuckerberg’s dog “Beast” | Beast via Facebook

Zuckerberg’s mop dog, Beast, is his favorite running companion. He told Business Insider that watching the pup run gives him some comedic relief during a long run. He said it’s “basically like seeing a mop run.” Beast is actually a Hungarian sheep dog whose hair closely resembles a mop–and mid run, it’s probably nearly impossible to tell the difference.

Next: He doesn’t like to make decisions about this. 

He eats a simple breakfast and changes into a simple outfit

Mark Zuckerberg

He wears the same thing nearly every day. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Zuckerberg said he doesn’t waste time on small decisions. Deciding what to eat for breakfast is one of them. The Daily Mail reported that Zuckerberg doesn’t have a go-to breakfast–he eats whatever he’s in the mood for. But when it comes to his work outfit, he wears the same thing nearly every day: Jeans, sneakers, and a gray t-shirt. He says it’s so that he can spend less time making small decisions and more time figuring out how to better serve the community.

Next: He doesn’t spend as much time at the Facebook office as you’d think. 

He spends about 50-60 hours per week at work, but thinks about Facebook constantly

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee congress

He’s rarely not thinking about Facebook. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

When you’re the founder of a company, it takes over your life. Zuckerberg is no exception. The CEO told CNN that he spends about 50-60 hours per week at the Facebook office or holding meetings. But he thinks about the company constantly. And while 50 hours per week is actually pretty minimal for someone in his role, he said if you counted thinking about the company as work, he’d work basically his entire life.

Next: He still finds time to fit this into his busy schedule. 

He finds time to travel, read, and be with his family

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg smiling for the camera on the red carpet

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg | Adam Berry/Getty Images

Although Zuckerberg spends more hours in the office than the average employee, he still finds time to pay attention to the things he loves to do. His wife, Priscilla Chan, is Chinese, and Zuckerberg spends time learning Mandarin when he has a free moment. He also challenges himself to read new books as often as possible and takes vacations with his family to give himself a break from his crazy work life.

Next: You won’t believe that he doesn’t do this himself. 

But one thing he doesn’t do himself, is his social media

He doesn’t do his own social media. | Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Believe it or not, the one thing Zuckerberg doesn’t do is manage his own Facebook page. The CEO actually has a team of about 12 people responsible for deleting spam comments and harassment, and keeping his Facebook fans engaged with his content. The Verge reported that he also has personal photographers to capture his candid moments to post on his page. But when you’re that busy, it’s no surprise you can’t keep up with the little things yourself.

Next: He ends his day with his daughters. 

He tucks his daughters into bed every night with a Jewish prayer

He still observes some Jewish traditions. | Mark Zuckerberg via Instagram

When Zuckerberg’s day finally winds down, he always makes sure to tuck his daughters into bed. Although he’s actually identified as an Atheist, he does still keep some of his spiritual family traditions in his current family. He sings the “Mi Shebeirach” prayer to his daughters each night, according to The Huffington Post.

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