How Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Plans Her Day

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Answers by Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org, on Quora:

A: During the week, my days are planned around taking my children to school, going to work at Facebook, trying to make meetings as productive as possible, and getting home in time for dinner with my family.

Mark has done a really good job improving the efficiency of meetings at Facebook this year. He asks people to send materials in advance so we can use the time for discussion and 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?

At Facebook, we hang posters around our campus to inspire us--Done is Better than Perfect, Move Fast and Break Things, Fortune Favors the Bold. Two of my favorites say "Ruthless Prioritization" and "The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands dirty." Those posters influence how I plan my day--I spend my time on what matters most, and I still get my hands dirty every day.

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A: At Facebook, we're looking for builders. We believe our journey at Facebook is only 1% done so we want people who can help us build technology, products and our business into the future. We don't look for a specific background or skill-set when we make hiring decisions. As my friend and Instagram COO Marne Levine says, we hire athletes and cross train them. We find people with great skills and abilities who care about our mission of making the world more open and connected and who share our core values: be open, focus on impact, and move fast.

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