The Tim Ferriss Morning Routine: 5 Things He Does When He Gets Up That Help Him Win The Day 358

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“Tim is Indiana Jones for the digital age. I’ve already used his advice to go spearfishing on remote islands and ski the best hidden slopes of Argentina. Simply put, do what he says and you can live like a millionaire.”
Albert Pope, Derivatives Trading, UBS World Headquarters

If we want to exceed in life, it’s worth trying what others who have succeeded have done. And see how it works for us.

Successful people’s daily routines and habits are something crucial, and often neglected. But in the long term, it’s how they spend their days – together with the little things they do first thing in the morning and before bed, the time they wake up, their attitude throughout the day and how they react to the unexpected things that happen – that separates them from the rest of the world.

Such people don’t just get up in the morning and start their day in a rush, trying to look busy and get as much done as possible. No!

They get out of bed earlier than they have to and have time for themselves first. It’s usually the only time of the day that is so peaceful and without distractions and they spend it doing pleasant, healthy, creative and positive activities.
That’s their morning ritual – what they do first thing in the morning to jumpstart the day and win it.

And when we talk about success and productivity, we can all benefit from Tim Ferriss – the person who’s proven that a single individual can achieve greatness and reach the top in many areas, that we all have the ability to adapt to any situation and learn any skill if we decide to give it enough time.

He’s the author of 3 #1 NYT/WSJ bestsellers, one of which is The 4-Hour Workweek – a book we’ve all heard of. And he still continues to produce huge amounts of written work.
He’s one of the most powerful personalities and most innovative businessmen, an entrepreneur, world traveler and lifestyle designer.

Described by The New Yorker Magazine as “this generation’s self help guru”, he’s also an investor and advisor in startups, successful blogger and podcaster, host of The Tim Ferriss Experiment – a TV show in which he hacks learning a new skill from scratch in each episode, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, online dating, picking locks like a pro, winning at poker and more.

He considers himself a jack of all trades – speaks 5 languages fluently (2 of which are Japanese and Mandarin Chinese), holds a Guinness World Record in tango, is a national Chinese kickboxing champion, a great cook, has hacked sleep, productivity, the human body, and much more.

Enough with his list of achievements, though.

The point of mentioning all these was not to make anyone else feel inferior to him, but to give proof that the only things stopping us from succeeding in any area in life are the limitations and mental barriers we set to ourselves.
And the moment we read about someone like Tim Ferriss we should not feel discouraged and see what we can’t do and lack in our life compared to him, but instead ask ourselves “What helped him get there?”, “What does someone like him do daily that gives him this amount of energy, motivation and productivity?”

A good way to start achieving more in life and getting better at things is to ask ourselves “How does he start his day?”. So let’s see what one of the most influential, hard-working and ambitious people we know does first thing in the morning:

The 5-Step Morning Ritual That Helps Tim Ferriss Stay at The Top of His Game Daily

 5 Nighttime Tips for Becoming a Better Morning Person

1. Make your bed.

Yes, the very first thing one of the richest and most famous people does is to make his bed.

Little things like that matter a lot when it comes to personal development. And over time have a huge effect on your other habits and approach to life.

You may be doing it too, and are now wondering why you’re not improving because of that. Maybe you don’t have the right attitude. Here’s why he does it:

  • it gives a sense of control – even if the whole day is chaotic, this one thing remains done and organized. You start the day with a little step you take and complete the task successfully;
  • it also gives you a boost to take another action right after that. After all, Newton’s first law states that “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”;
  • you feel proud after you do it and start the day with a little more confidence, which can be very helpful later on;
  • it shows you that little actions matter;
  • in the end of the day – no matter what has happened – you come back to something you’ve done right, to something that’s in order and just like it has to be. It hasn’t changed since you completed this task and this reminds you that you have some control over what happens in your life.

So it’s all about mindset here.

For some it’s just making their bed in the morning because that’s what people are supposed to do, for others – it’s a tiny ritual of orderliness and will, that eventually – together with other mini habits like that – adds up to achieving self-mastery.

2. Meditate.

Why You Need Downtime to Promote Efficient Uptime

Next, he devotes some time to spiritual development. And we should all follow his example.

He does a 21-minute session that helps him “develop the powers of concentration”. He says that even if you think about random stuff and come back to focusing on your breathing or emptying your mind in the last few minutes, it’s still a success.

In the podcast where he talks about this exact morning routine, he also advises to do 5 sessions, and after we win them (complete them successfully), we can think about scaling.

It’s important to do it first thing in the morning, to start small and to use the first 15 minutes for preparation as the last few are the real thing, when you’re actually in the zone, being present and concentrated.

The result? A less stressful day, more relaxed mind and body, and the ability to focus more easily (which can be quite helpful in many ways).

Here are the apps Tim uses (some of which useful for meditation and having a better sleep), and 3 interviews he did with some interesting people that show an unusual understanding of meditation:
Tara Brach on Meditation and Overcoming FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)
Sam Harris, PhD on Spirituality, Neuroscience, Meditation, and More
Productivity Secrets of a Master DJ (Meditation, Morning Routines, and More)

3. Hang.

Yes, you read it right!

Every morning (and a few times during the day and once at night) Tim Ferriss just hangs. It decompresses the spine and can be a cure for back pain in the long term.

He hangs upside down for a couple of minutes. The main reason he does it is to break up work or writing sessions.

4. Drink tea.

He’s a big fan of tea. And has made adjustments to the way he drinks it over the years. Check out the morning cocktail he drinks instead of coffee.

The simpler version, though, that can be turned into a pleasant and peaceful zen ritual is this:

  • he boils water in a kettle (a cheap one, nothing fancy);
  • while it’s warming, he prepares the tea (he likes Chinese black teas);
  • boils it and leaves it for a few minutes;
  • drinks it slowly and enjoys it.

For him it’s a whole ceremony, a meditative practice of production.

5. Journal.

He keeps morning pages. He actually shares exactly what his morning journal looks like here (which inspired me to write a post on how 750 words a day can change your life).

And like it is with everything else in his life, he does it with a purpose:

“I don’t journal to “be productive.” I don’t do it to find great ideas, or to put down prose I can later publish. The pages aren’t intended for anyone but me.
Morning pages don’t need to solve your problems. They simply need to get them out of your head, where they’ll otherwise bounce around all day like a bullet ricocheting inside your skull.
Could bitching and moaning on paper for five minutes each morning change your life?
As crazy as it might seem, I believe the answer is yes.”

And that’s it.

After doing these 5 things he’s ready to get out there and do what he does best – improving, challenging himself, trying new stuff, and showing others how to do the same.

What do you think? What’s your morning ritual like? And how is it different from the Tim Ferriss morning routine? How can you upgrade it for better results?

If you’re in need of some inspiration, here’s a collection of the best Tim Ferriss quotes.

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Why Remote Work Is on The Rise (+ Top 100 Companies for Remote Jobs) 12

Why Remote Work Is on The Rise (+ Top 100 Companies for Remote Jobs)

If it seems like more of the people you know are working from home, even occasionally, you’re correct. Remote work, also called telecommuting, working from home, and virtual work, is on the rise in the U.S. and around the world.

According to the “2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce” report, remote work exceeds public transportation as the commute option of choice in more than half of the top U.S. metro areas. And remote work has grown far faster than any other commute mode. As of 2017, 43% of U.S. workers now work remotely at least occasionally, up from only, at the most, 9% of workers in 2007.

Why Remote Work Is on the Rise

Several trends over the last 10 years have pushed remote work forward. And within the last several years, it’s gone from being seen as a “nice-to-have” perk for professionals to being thought of as a standard way of working for millions of people.

Those trends include:

  • The rise of the knowledge economy and jobs that are done primarily with computers, phones, and other Internet-connected devices.
  • The increasing availability of high-speed Internet, allowing people to work from anywhere.
  • The growth of millennials in the workplace, and specifically into management roles where they have more control over when, where, and how both they and their teams are working.
  • An increasing number of companies willing to discuss the benefits of their remote work programs.

Where Remote Work Thrives: Companies, Career Fields, and States

That last trend—companies discussing the benefits of remote work—is seen in the annual list of the “100 Top Companies with Remote Jobs,” compiled by the online remote and flexible job service FlexJobs.

In 2018, well-known companies like UnitedHealth Group, Dell, Hilton, Xerox, JPMorgan Chase, Williams-Sonoma, Humana, and dozens of other companies have been recognized for their commitment to remote work.

According to the jobs posted by these companies in 2017, the top career fields for remote work are medical and health, computer and IT, education and training, sales, customer service, accounting and finance, and travel and hospitality.

Along with pinpointing which companies offered the most remote jobs over the last year, FlexJobs has also analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau to find out which U.S. states have the most remote workers.

Of note in the top 10 states, whose rankings changed little since 2013, New Hampshire moved up from number 8 to number 5 because of an almost 13% increase in telecommuting. Outside of the top 10 states, Wyoming had the largest increase in telecommuting in the last three years, with almost 30% more telecommuters in 2016 than 2013, which moved the state from 38 on the list to 19.

Rhode Island experienced a 19.4% increase in telecommuting, and other locations with fast-growing telecommuting populations include the District of Columbia (up 18.2%), Delaware (up 16.2%), Alabama (up 16%), Mississippi (up 15.8%), and Arkansas (up 14.3%).

Finding Your Own Remote Job

If remote work isn’t in the works at your current place of employment, the good news is that the remote job market is much like the overall job market: it’s offering a lot of opportunity.

Here are some quick tips to start your own search for a remote job:

Use the right keywords to search job websites and search engines.

In searching for remote jobs online, you’re going to find a lot of scams.

If you want to work from home, use keywords like “telecommute job,” “remote job,” “distributed team,” and “virtual job.” Avoid phrases that scammers use, specifically “work from home” and “work at home.”

Update your resume and online profiles to include skills and tools related to remote work.

Write about your remote job-friendly skills, such as working independently, time management, written and verbal communication skills, troubleshooting technical issues, and being proactive with questions and ideas.

Include a list of remote-specific technology you’re familiar with, such as IM programs (Slack, Google Chat), file sharing (Dropbox), document collaboration (Google Drive), video conferencing (, GoToMeeting, Skype), and other remote collaboration tools.

Utilize your network.

Once you start asking, you may be surprised by how many people you know who are working remotely at least part of the time.

Reach out to your professional network to find out who’s already working from home, how they got there, and what their tips are for you to find the same type of work arrangement.

Finally, it’s important to practice being a remote worker, even if you’re not officially “allowed” to work remotely yet. Try doing some work or projects at home outside your regular office hours. If you can’t get to the office because of inclement weather or traffic problems, ask to work remotely.

Use these “practice sessions” as a way to hone your remote work skills and to showcase your productivity and efficiency as a remote worker!

About The Author

This is a guest post by Brie, Senior Career Specialist at FlexJobs.