Even though Elon Musk is a multi-billionaire with plans to colonize Mars, his day-to-day goals are surprisingly understandable.
First of all, the CEOs of Tesla and SpaceX want to redesign their daily routines from the moment they wake up. In a recent interview with the Full Send podcast, Musk said he checks his phone first thing in the morning — and thinks it could be bad for his health.
“I have a bad habit – which I think a lot of people do – of immediately checking my phone. [in the morning]”It’s actually a terrible habit,” Musk said on the show.
Musk, who used to tell Auto Bild, a German automotive magazine, that he spends the first 30 minutes of each day checking email, now says he wants to replace that habit with exercise.
“I [need] To work out and stay in better shape,” Musk said on the FullSend podcast. “So as soon as I wake up, I’ll immediately switch to exercising for at least 20 minutes before I look at my phone — Then I’ll check my phone.”
Musk is far from an anomaly. According to IDC Research, about 80% of smartphone users check their phone within the first 15 minutes of waking up.
And its replacement routine is potentially healthier: Research shows that exercising briskly and early 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 stems somewhat from anxiety. He wants to make sure he doesn’t miss a company emergency while he’s sleeping.
“I run SpaceX and Tesla, so something usually happens at night,” he said on the podcast.
This isn’t the first time Musk has spoken publicly about his mistakes — or his motivation for stopping them. In the same 2014 Auto Bild interview, he said he’s been working to cut down on his caffeine intake so he’s not as jittery at work.
“Maybe there were times when I was like eight [Diet Cokes] Someday or something ridiculous,” Musk said in that interview. “I think nowadays it’s probably a day or two, so it’s nothing crazy.”
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