4 Elon Musk's Productivity Recommendations for His Employees That We All Can Steal!

Elon Musk's appearance on SNL was the most anticipated moment for all of us. Some of us were looking forward to his cheeky, funny comments on Dogecoins that would possibly skyrocket its value (..it didn't), and others were just there to enjoy his sweet, sarcastic, childlike humor. No matter what, we all love this guy for what he does for our planet and its citizens.

Recently, I read a tweet regarding productivity recommendations by Elon Musk that Gabriel Gruber wrote. Guess what? Elon Musk replied to the thread with "Exactly!" After clicking on the given link, you will see that the recommendation was written in a mail for his employees. You can check that here.

These tips majorly revolve around working in a large setup. But the bottom line of these recommendations is applicable for all of us.


No Value = No Meetings

Unless you contribute to a problem you are trying to solve, you are better off with it, says Elon Musk. If you are sure that your meetings will not provide value to the whole audience, you are better off, or keeping them very short may be an alternative.

If the matter is urgent, then and then only it makes sense to attend the meetings; otherwise, drop it!

Respect Your Time

Elon encourages walking out of the meeting or dropping off the call when your role in the meeting is finished, or you know that you are not going to be of any value. It is not about being rude, but it is most definitely rude when you try to stay because it takes away a significant chunk of your productive time.

Simple Yet Effective Communication

You don't have to use Jargon full of words to function at Tesla. Simple yet effective communication is preferred.

Elon Musk says that communication through the hierarchy is a bad idea. A person going through an issue will have to talk to the direct person they think might resolve the issue.

This cuts out a lot of time and saves the loss of accurate information. When you allow the free flow of information across different departments at all levels, your communication is direct and is on point.

On the flip side, it may also create additional office politics that nobody wants to be a part of.

Commonsense Over Everything

Elon mentions that common sense should be your guiding angel, and if any rule doesn't seem to fit in a particular situation, you don't have to act on it. You don't have to act silly just for the sake of following the company guidelines.


Elon Musk is one of the most efficient personalities on this planet. When it comes to the future, sustainable living, and technology, he has the most impact on all of us.

After reading his email, you realize that no matter how many or how large companies he runs, his ability to empathize with his employees and bring out the best in them is something worth learning.

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