Despite being a multi-billionaire with plans to colonize Mars, Elon Musk has surprisingly relatable daily goals.
For starters, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO wants to revamp his daily routine, starting with when he wakes up. In a recent interview with Full Send Podcast, Musk said he checks his phone first thing in the morning – and he thinks it could be damaging his health.
“I have a bad habit – which I suspect a lot of people do – of immediately checking my phone [in the morning],” Musk said on the show. “It’s a terrible habit, actually.”
Musk, who once told Auto Image – a German car magazine – that he spends the first 30 minutes of every day checking email, now says he wants to replace that habit with a workout.
“I [need] to work out and get in better shape,” Musk said on the Full Send podcast. “So I’m going to go from immediately looking at my phone as soon as I wake up to working out for at least 20 minutes — then I’m going to look at my phone.”
Musk is far from an anomaly. According to the results of IDC Research.
And his replacement routine is probably healthier: Research indicates that early, light workouts can also improve productivity. In 2019, a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found moderate daily exercise in the morning improved participants’ short-term memory, attention, and decision-making.
Musk, who typically goes to bed around 3 a.m. and wakes up at 9:30 a.m., said his smartphone habit was kind of born out of anxiety. He wants to make sure he hasn’t missed any business emergencies while he sleeps.
“I run SpaceX and Tesla, so there’s usually some kind of thing that happens overnight,” he said on the podcast.
This isn’t the first time Musk has spoken publicly about his vices — or his motivation to curb them. In the same 2014 Auto Bild interview, he said he had worked to reduce his caffeine intake so he wouldn’t be so hip at work.
“There were probably times when I was about eight [Diet Cokes] someday or something ridiculous,” Musk said in that interview. “I think these days it’s probably one or two, so it’s nothing too crazy.”
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