When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.
Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Srinivas Rao: I write 3 things I’m grateful for my in gratitude journal. Then I brush my teeth, meditate for 10-20 minutes, read for 30 minutes, and write 1,000 words.
TG: What gives you energy?
SR: I get most of my energy from my time in nature, primarily surfing. It serves as a mental reset, physical exercise and an ongoing source of creative inspiration.
TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
SR: I try to turn off my phone for the 2 hours before I go to bed, between 7 and 9pm. I’ve found this increases my ability to focus in the morning. Before I go to sleep, I usually set it on my windowsill face down so it doesn’t emit blue light. I also leave it out of my room for the first hour or two after I wake up.
TG: How do you deal with email?
SR: I try to limit myself to about 3 email checks a day even though I don’t always succeed. I also have separate email addresses for newsletters that I subscribe to. Tools like HeyFocus and RescueTime are essential to my working process.
TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
SR: Pick up the guitar and practice a little bit.
TG: Share a quote that gives you strength when times are tough.
SR: Don’t take anything personally – Don Miguel Ruiz