The Thrive Questionnaire with Elana Reinholtz

The CEO of Bird + Stone shares a fascinating life hack we all may want to try.

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?
Elana Reinholtz: Drink water. Followed by yoga and then meditation for 15 minutes. This gets my head straight for the day.

TG: What gives you energy?
ER: New possibilities, helping people. 

TG: What’s your secret life hack?
ER: Every 30 minutes of my day is blocked into a work-type and then color-categorized. then, I evaluate monthly and quarterly- constantly delegating and evolving my role.

TG: Name a book that changed your life.
ER: Untethered Soul

TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
ER: Yes, but, on airplane mode.

TG: How do you deal with email?
ER: Slack has done a lot for us. I batch respond and use OOO responders religiously even when I’m not away.

TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
ER: Take a walk outside.

TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
ER: Last month probably.

TG: Share a quote that gives you strength or peace.
ER: “There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.” -W.E.B. Dubois

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