This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #094 with Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington in which she shares how she navigates her relationship with electronics.

Michael Gervais: Do you have a couple really influential ways that you’ve shifted your practice to value recovery? Are there some things that you’ve done?

Arianna Huffington: Yes. Absolutely. The most important thing is navigating my relationship with my devices because the truth is that we are all wired 24/7 and we need to declare an artificial end to the day and…

Michael Gervais: I love that thought.

Arianna Huffington: Because our day never ends.

Michael Gervais: It used to end at sundown.

Arianna Huffington: Yes or it used to end when we left the office. Now, none of that is true. So for me, I believe in ritual. I believe that we all learn through ritual and build habits through ritual. I believe in building a transition to sleep, the way we do with children. You know you read them Good Night Moon, you sing them a lullaby, you give them a bath. We need to create our own ritual.

Mine starts with picking a time – ideally 30 minutes before I’m going to turn off the light, but it may be 10 minutes, whatever is possible.

I turn off my phone and charge it outside my bedroom. We’ve created a charging station that looks like a phone bed – actually we have one here right in front of us. It has room for 10 phones and two iPads and we put them under the little blanket and tuck them in and say good night.

It’s a great ritual for me. This is the end of my day. I know that I won’t see my phone until the morning after I wake up, meditate, set my intention for the day, and then I go to my phone.

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Author(s)

  • Arianna Huffington

    Founder & CEO of Thrive

    Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, she launched Thrive, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on numerous boards, including Onex and The B Team. Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers. Most recently, she wrote the foreword to Thrive's first book, Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps.