Craig Newmark: “I Just Do What’s Needed To Get It Done”

The craigslist founder shares two quotes that give him strength.

Thrive Global
Jan 5, 2017 · 2 min read

When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.

Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Craig Newmark: Well before I get up, I take care of the overnight backlog, which is really big on weekdays. then, well, let’s call it my daily hygiene.

TG: What gives you energy?
CN: Nothing.

TG: What’s your secret life hack?
CN: Feeling anxious until all incoming work is done.

TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
CN: My phone is my main computer, and also, my book reader. I do sleep with it a coupla feet away from my head. (Arianna, forgive me!)

TG: How do you deal with email?
CN: Obsessively… I just do what’s needed to get it done.

TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
CN: I don’t understand the question. Alternate reality?

TG: When was the last time you felt burned out?
CN: Just checked; now.

TG: Share a quote that gives you strength when times are tough.
CN: See below:

Craig Newmark is the founder of craigslist.

Editor’s Note: Craig Newmark, a dear friend of the brand, is one of the reasons Thrive Global exists. He has done amazing things, and we are here to convince him to move his phone out of the bedroom and that finding 15 minutes in your day is possible. We will send him the Thrive Questionnaire in 6 months.

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