5 Helpful Morning Rituals

You might know one of his bestselling books, The 4-Hour Workweek, released in 2009, but you probably haven’t heard of Tim Ferris‘ podcast which was started in 2014 and already released over 100 episodes. He usually interviews people who are best at what they’re doing. He deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics and tricks you can use.

4-Hour Workweek

Prior guests include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ed Catmull (President of Pixar), Tony Robbins, Peter Thiel (billionaire investor), Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park), Neil Strauss (7x NYT bestselling author), Josh Waitzkin (chess prodigy), and many, many more.

In one of the recent episodes he himself answers the question about 5 morning rituals that help him win the day. Although he not always completes all 5 of them he is convinced that if he ticks off at least 3 of them, the likelihood of that day being a home run is infinitely greater.

  1. Make your bed
  2. Meditate
  3. Hang or decompress
  4. Tea
  5. Journal

If you want to learn about the rituals in more detail, listen to the podcast episode.

My Favorite Podcasts in 2014

I recently wrote another article for the Webguys‘ Magento blog mentioning various podcasts I like to listen to, some of which are not just about web development, but also about entrepreneurship, technology, economics and news in general. Only one of them is in German language though.

  1. MageTalk – Magento developer blog with Kalen Jordan and Phillip Jackson
  2. This Week in Tech – General tech blog with Leo Laporte from TWiT
  3. Freakonomics Radio – The Hidden Side of Everything
  4. Echo der Zeit – high quality news from Swiss Radio SRF
  5. Berlin Startup Radio with Ed Shelley
  6. The Tim Ferriss Show with Tim Ferriss: Bestselling Author, Human Guinea Pig

Today on my way back from Zürich I listened to the Tim Ferriss Show for the first time and was blown away by episode 48 where Tim talks to Marc Goodman, FBI futurist, on high-tech crime and how to protect yourself (online). They go deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using emerging technologies against you and some simple steps you can take to decrease your vulnerability.

Most days, The Tim Ferriss Show is the #1 business podcast on all of iTunes, and it’s been ranked #1 (of all podcasts) on many occasions. It was also selected to iTunes’ “Best of 2014.”

Please add your favorite podcast in the comments, if you like, as I’m always eager to discover new ones.