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Life Hacks

Hey everyone, welcome back to another episode of Experience Andy Weins Live. We’re here, and that’s the most important thing. Let’s kick things off with a moment of gratitude. I’m incredibly thankful for my extended family.

Growing up, I had the best of both worlds. My mom and dad each have eight siblings, which means I have over 20 cousins on each side. Just yesterday, we celebrated our tradition of Christmas in July – in June this year – because traveling during winter became too challenging. This tradition started over ten years ago and has turned into a family reunion and white elephant extravaganza. What I love most is reconnecting with these important people from different times in my life and seeing how we’ve all grown. Now, I get to watch the next generation join in. Our gatherings are massive, with 40-50 people, all with unique perspectives that have shaped me.

To all of you with great family members out there, lean into those relationships. I get to spend time with them individually throughout the year, and it’s a reminder that they are always available to me. I don’t need to wait for a holiday or reunion to appreciate them.

Today’s episode stems from a conversation I had last week. At a networking event, a woman asked why I wanted decaf coffee. I told her I only drink one regular cup of coffee a day, 90 minutes after waking up, based on Andrew Huberman’s advice. This helps avoid the afternoon crash and lets my brain and body wake up naturally. For the rest of the day, I stick to decaf – I enjoy the taste without the extra caffeine.

This conversation led to discussing my other habits, like breaking my fast at noon every day. I practice intermittent fasting for 16 hours a day, five days a week, inspired by a speaker I heard in October 2022. It has improved my overall well-being, reduced afternoon crashes, and helped me sleep better.

On Friday, during my Vistage CEO round table, I wrote down all my life hacks, which I’m sharing with you today. Most of these revolve around my physical health because when my body is at its best, so is my mind.

I don’t use drugs, I quit smoking 15 years ago, and I haven’t had a drink since March 18th of last year. Inspired by Andrew Huberman and Donny O’Malley, I realized alcohol wasn’t beneficial for me. Instead of stopping at one drink or changing my behavior after drinking, it was simpler to quit cold turkey altogether.

I also started going to the gym almost two years ago to address issues with my knees, elbows, and shoulders. I strength train twice a week for 20 minutes and play volleyball at least twice a week. These activities keep me physically fit and mentally refreshed.

Another habit I swear by is unsubscribing from things that don’t serve me. For example, I avoid political content that riles me up and block or unfollow people and news sources that are negative. This has helped me focus on positive and productive interactions.

I have a strict bedtime routine. I aim to be asleep by midnight and wake up around 8 AM. This circadian rhythm works best for me. I also use pink noise and automatic blinds to improve my sleep quality.

When it comes to shopping, I buy in bulk from Costco. This strategy, inspired by Mark Cuban, saves me time and money. By purchasing consumables like toothpaste, deodorant, and soap in bulk, I avoid frequent trips to the store and reduce impulsive spending.

Lastly, I often drive quietly. This is my time for self-reflection, where I think about my life, goals, and progress. No radio, no music. Nothing else on except me and my thoughts.

For all of you, my advice is simple: reflect on when you’re happiest and identify the actions, activities, and people that contribute to that happiness. Develop processes that create discipline and ultimately give you the freedom to live your best life. Show up for yourself, your family, and those who count on you. We’ll see you next week!

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Andy Weins is a fourth-generation entrepreneur, Veteran of the U.S. Army, and speaker. Through consulting, teaching, podcasting, and writing, he is an enthusiastic supporter of Veterans, entrepreneurs, community engagement, individual empowerment, and the environment.

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