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A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

Here's a look into the productive daily schedule of Facebook's COO.
A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10
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This story originally appeared on Business Insider

Since joining Facebook in 2008, COO Sheryl Sandberg has widely been credited with helping the company soar.

The former Googler also already written two books -- Lean In and Option B -- on her experiences balancing her high-powered job with her personal life, along with the insight she's gleaned along the way.

Here's a look into the productive daily schedule of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

She gets to work at 7 a.m.

She gets to work at 7 a.m.
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Sandberg is an early riser who plans her morning around dropping her two children off at school. She often arrives at work around 7 a.m., according to Fast Company.

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

She uses a spiral notebook.

She uses a spiral notebook.
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While she may work at a tech company, Sandberg keeps track of her day with a "decidedly un-digital spiral-bound notebook," according to Fortune's Miguel Helft.

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

She writes out her to-do lists.

She writes out her to-do lists.
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The notebook is where she keeps various to-do lists. "Once every item on a page is checked, she rips the page off and moves to the next," writes Helft.

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

Most of her day is spent in meetings.

Most of her day is spent in meetings.
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Most of Sandberg's day is filled up with meetings. When she joined Facebook, she brought along a new routine of "check-ins" to the company.

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

She asks people to share their 'emotional state' before meetings.

She asks people to share their 'emotional state' before meetings.
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At the start of every leadership meeting, participants can go around the table and discuss their "emotional and professional state," according to Bloomberg.

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

Her meetings are efficient.

Her meetings are efficient.
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In a Quora post, Sandberg credited Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with helping the entire company to conduct more efficient meetings: "We try to be clear about our goal when we sit down for a meeting -- are we in the room to make a decision or to have a discussion?"

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

She's always watching how people are using social media.

She's always watching how people are using social media.
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As she said in a 2015 Quora post, even when she's surfing the web "rather than finishing up my work for the night," she's still taking note of how people use social media in general.

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

Work has helped her get through hardships.

Work has helped her get through hardships.
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The Facebook COO revealed that her work has been a comfort since the sudden death of her husband Dave Goldberg in 2015: "Facebook is helping me get through what has been the hardest year of my life."

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

She leaves work at 5:30 p.m.

She leaves work at 5:30 p.m.
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No matter how busy the Facebook COO is, she still makes certain to leave work by 5:30 p.m. sharp.

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

She's close with her children.

She's close with her children.
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Before her husband's death, the family would eat dinner together every evening and "share the best and worst moments of our day," she wrote in the New York Times. It's a tradition that Sandberg continues today with her children.

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

She loves to read.

She loves to read.
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After work, Sandberg finds the time to dive into some good books. The published author has been a voracious reader since childhood.

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

She has specific reading strategies.

She has specific reading strategies.
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"After I finish a book, I’ll often look to see how many page corners are turned down as one gauge of how much I liked it," she told the New York Times.

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

She indulges in 'bad TV.'

She indulges in 'bad TV.'
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She also unwinds by catching a few episodes of "bad TV."

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

She turns off her phone before bed.

She turns off her phone before bed.
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Sandberg admits that she didn't get enough sleep earlier in her career, according to the blog Fatigue Science. Nowadays, she has adopted the habit of turning off her phone before bed.

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

She believes sleep is important.

She believes sleep is important.
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Today, Sandberg tends to turn in early. She even supported Arianna Huffington's sleep hygiene campaign, calling for business leaders to encourage their employees to get more shut-eye.

A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10

She goes to bed early.

She goes to bed early.
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In a 2015 Quora post, she wrote that she was speaking on the phone one evening with Zuckerberg, and told him she would be going to bed at 9:30 p.m. He became worried that she was feeling sick. "I explained that with two young children, 9:30 p.m. was often my normal bed time," Sandberg wrote.

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  • A Day in the Life of Sheryl Sandberg, Who Uses an Old-School Notebook, Likes 'Bad TV' and Goes to Bed Before 10
  • 1. She gets to work at 7 a.m.
  • 2. She uses a spiral notebook.
  • 3. She writes out her to-do lists.
  • 4. Most of her day is spent in meetings.
  • 5. She asks people to share their 'emotional state' before meetings.
  • 6. Her meetings are efficient.
  • 7. She's always watching how people are using social media.
  • 8. Work has helped her get through hardships.
  • 9. She leaves work at 5:30 p.m.
  • 10. She's close with her children.
  • 11. She loves to read.
  • 12. She has specific reading strategies.
  • 13. She indulges in 'bad TV.'
  • 14. She turns off her phone before bed.
  • 15. She believes sleep is important.
  • 16. She goes to bed early.
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