Despite being a multi-billionaire with plans to colonize Mars, Elon Musk has surprisingly recognizable daily goals.
For starters, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX wants to refresh his daily routine, starting with the moment he wakes up. In a recent interview with Full Send Podcast, Musk said he checks his phone first in the morning — and he thinks it could be harmful to his health.
“I have a bad habit – and I suspect a lot of people do – of checking my phone right away [in the morning]’ said Musk during the show. “It’s actually a terrible habit.”
Musk, who previously told Auto Bild – a German car magazine – that he spends the first 30 minutes of every day checking emails, now says he wants to replace the habit with a workout.
“L [need] to work out and be in better shape,” Musk said in the Full Send Podcast. “So I’m going from looking at my phone immediately as soon as I wake up to exercising for at least 20 minutes — then I’ll look at my phone. “
Musk is far from an anomaly. According to findings from IDC Research, about 80% of smartphone users check their phone within the first 15 minutes of waking up.
And his replacement routine is probably healthier: Research shows that bright and early workouts can also improve productivity. In 2019, a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that daily, moderate morning exercise improved participants’ short-term memory, attention and decision-making.
Musk, who usually goes to bed around 3 a.m. and wakes up at 9:30 a.m., said his smartphone habit arose somewhat out of fear. He wants to make sure he doesn’t miss any business emergencies while he was asleep.
“I run SpaceX and Tesla, so there’s usually something that happened overnight,” he said in the podcast.
This isn’t the first time Musk has spoken publicly about his vices — or his motivation to curb them. In the same Auto Bild interview in 2014, he said he’d been working to cut down on his caffeine intake so he wouldn’t get so wired at work.
“There were probably times when I had eight” [Diet Cokes] a day or something ridiculous,” Musk said in that interview. “I think it’s probably one or two these days, so it’s not too crazy.”
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