The 1 Thing Self-Help Guru Tim Ferriss Suggests You Do Every Morning

Advice from the best-selling author and entrepreneur on how to make the most of your a.m. hours.

Want to truly unplug and recharge? Author and self-help guru — not to mention the Guinness World Record holder in tango — Tim Ferriss has one sound piece of advice: “Wake up early enough, and format your life in such way, that your phone is on airplane mode so you do not check email or text messages for at least the first 60 minutes of each day.”

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On the latest episode of Recode Decode, a Vox Media podcast, Ferriss chats with host Kara Swisher about his morning routine. “I have a boot-up process where I can clarify my intentions for the day and the things I’m going to do and not do, before I start dodging bullets that come at me in the form of SMS and email,” he says. He also believes most of us already live in our own version of virtual reality just by walking down the street, staring at our phones. That all-consuming habit takes us out of the present moment.

As a fix, Ferriss suggests a social media fast, or limiting use of Twitter or Facebook to sharing articles and reading news, rather than promoting every little thing going on in life.

Listen to the full episode here.