Apr 28, 2024 - News

How I Wake Up: Jim's morning rituals

Photo illustration collage of Jim VandeHei inside a red alarm clock.

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Another secret to success: A rigorous morning routine.

⏰ Wake-up time: 4:30am to 5am, via iPhone alarm.

  • Seven hours of sleep, per Oura Ring.

😴 First thing he does: Check texts and emails as "coffee engine cranks up."

🧘‍♂️ Power workout: CorePower hot yoga sculpt.

  • Or alternating days with weight lifting and twice-weekly 6- to 10-mile jogs.

🧠 Morning zen: To kill distractions, VandeHei and his Axios co-founders Mike Allen and Roy Schwartz picked up transcendental meditation.

  • "In an ideal world, I meditate and pray each morning," VandeHei says. "In the real world, um, let's say I am a work in progress."

ğŸž Must-eat: Two slices of Ezekiel bread with six egg whites, or oatmeal with real maple syrup and fruit.

💡 Must-do: Writing in the mornings "when my mind is fresh and clear."

🌇 Confession: "I am probably too nutty about my routine and should lighten the hell up."

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