In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about early morning routines and the act of waking up early in the morning as a founder.
It is common knowledge that how well you sleep and the state of mind you create at the beginning of the day have a lot to do with how much you'll accomplish in that day. It’s a good idea to develop a morning routine that makes you be more productive.
Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thought on morning routines, waking up early in the morning as a founder and much more.
Time Stamped Show Notes:
00:00 About today’s topic.
00:32 Why this topic was chosen.
01:21 About Hiten’s morning routine.
01:49 How having a reason can help you wake up early.
02:57 Steli’s morning history.
04:39 The magic of waking up at 5 a.m.
06:42 Why waking up super early is not for everybody.
07:31 Why you should do what works for you.
08:04 The importance of observing times of the day when you could be doing more.
09:31 Why you need to adjust your routine.
3 Key Points:
Do what works for you.
For me, I wake up early because I don’t want to hit traffic.
There’s not just one formula that works for everybody.
Steli Efti: Hi everybody, this is Steli Efti.
Hiten Shah: And this is Hiten Shah.
Steli Efti: Today on the Startup Chat we're going to talk about waking up early in the morning as a founder. Maybe we'll expand to like early morning routines but it's 6:00 AM in San Francisco. Thankfully, I'm in New York so it's just 9:00 AM for me. But I've heard and read a lot about morning routines, being a super early kind of morning person. For I think about five or six months, I had actually established a morning routine where I was waking up at 5:00 AM every morning. I really, really thoroughly enjoyed it. Now, it's in the past distance, this year I don't even know what time I wake in the morning. I've been traveling so much, I'm all over the place, but I've noticed consistency over the past years that you are a super early morning person, right?
Hiten Shah: Yeah, these days I am.
Steli Efti: These days, all right, certainly. Is that something that ... Would you say it's not a natural thing, it's like a learned thing or? Tell us more about it.
Hiten Shah: Totally a learned thing. I think-
Steli Efti: A learned thing?
Hiten Shah: Yeah.
Steli Efti: Yeah.
Hiten Shah: I think for me, truthfully, I can go either way very easily, I think maybe just like you. I don't travel much so I guess like people are different and some people really prefer or think, I think, that they think that they're night people, right?
Steli Efti: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Hiten Shah: Or they're morning people. I've been both in my life. Right now I'm a morning person and for me, the way I do it is I just have a reason. So I have reason to get up and do something. So today my reason was getting on the podcast and recording a few podcasts with you, so that's my reason. I live about 20 to 30 minutes south of San Francisco in a city called Redwood Shore. I call it the city that Larry Ellison built because it's right behind essentially his main office, like the big buildings and stuff. It's like suburbia and so I live here. If I get up early, that means get up right around 6:00-ish, I can make it to the city by 7:00. I wake up, shower, and what not, get ready, and I can make to the city by 7:00. If I get up any later, then I end up making it to the city by like 8:00 and it takes me like 45 minutes. So it's a difference between like 25, 35 minutes, and like 45 minutes to an hour, and hour and 10 minutes.