How To Hack Your Mornings, With Benjamin Spall And Vanessa Marin

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Mornings. Many of us hate them; some of us love them; all of us want to make the best of them. But how exactly do we do that?

First we ask Benjamin Spall, co-author of My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired, about creating the ultimate morning routine. We also talk to Vanessa Marin, a licensed sex therapist (and regular 'After Hours' Lifehacker contributor) about why we should occasionally ditch the routine and just do it. And Melissa quizzes Alice about the quirky habits (morning and otherwise) of famous artists. It’s fun! We have fun.

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In This Episode

Introduction (0:00 - 4:57)

Alice and Melissa discuss their morning routines, and what habits they’ve abandoned over the years. (Pre-sunrise jog, anyone?)

Tell Us Something We Don’t Know, With Vanessa Marin (5:08 - 11:35)

Lifehacker columnist Vanessa Marin tells us why morning sex can actually boost your productivity. (Although, look, even if it can’t, is that really a reason not to do it?)

The Interview, With Benjamin Spall (13:27 - 21:14)

Benjamin Spall talks with us about how the most successful people start their days and how you can hack your mornings.

The Playlist: Songs to Start Your Day (22:13 - 26:28)

Benjamin Spall returns to give us his favourite songs to listen to each morning. How about some Flaming Lips?

Quiz Show: Don’t Call it Crazy, Call it “Process” (26:30 - 40:56)

Melissa quizzes Alice on the routines of famous creatives: when Stephen King starts his writing day, for instance, or what Francis Bacon would read to help him get to sleep. See Mason Currey’s book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work for even more routines.

Upgrade of the Week and Credits (43:33 - 49:28)

Alice, Melissa and Vanessa regroup to talk upgrades: a special IFTTT recipe that links Evernote to your iPhone. brainstorming while walking, and a cheap (but effective) sleep mask.


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