Ben Greenfield’s Daily Routine & Personal Optimization Habits: The Rituals, Routines, Tactics & Strategies Ben Uses For Maximum Productivity & Impact.

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I recently got put in the interviewee hot seat by my friend Joseph Apolinar, a United States Air Force SERE (survival, evasion, resistance, and escape) specialist.

Whether it’s in the desert, the arctic, at sea, in the jungle, or as a prisoner of war, airmen must be prepared to survive, evade, resist, and escape any situation. And it’s the SERE specialists' mission to train them. These experts know how to survive in the most remote and hostile environments on the planet. It’s up to them to make sure that when a mission doesn’t go as planned, the airmen involved are ready for anything and can return with honor.

So Joseph Apolinar is kinda a badass and even visited my property in Spokane, Washington to take me and my sons through a pretty epic, personalized wilderness survival course.

But this podcast isn't about survival.

It's about me.

Joseph Apolinar wanted to get a glimpse of my environment, to expose himself to some words or ideas that may offer insight to better my life in business, with family, and in life, and to learn how I am productive, how I schedule and live the average day, and the routines, rituals, habits that I depend upon for success and impact.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Thoughts on maintaining balance in your life…08:30

-Why Ben begins his productive day very early in the day…13:56

-How Ben maintains balance with work structure and family/friend relationships and obligations…26:44

  • Sacrifice for others (Jesus is the best model to follow)
  • Spiritual Disciplines Journal
  • Highly protective of assigned time for productive tasks (early morning)
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
  • Schedule important things such as intimate time with wife and children
  • Outsource more mundane tasks such as mowing the lawn; hire an assistant
  • The 4-hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
  • BusyCal app
  • You sacrifice some things in order to be more impactful in other ways
  • KetoFast by Dr. Joseph Mercola
  • Work doesn't feel like “work” when you're living a self-actualized life and career
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport
  • Rent Ubers rather than a car while traveling so you can work in the back seat of the car

-How controlling your diet affects your productivity…49:40


-The one animal Ben would choose to be, and why…1:07:18

-And much more!

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2 thoughts on “Ben Greenfield’s Daily Routine & Personal Optimization Habits: The Rituals, Routines, Tactics & Strategies Ben Uses For Maximum Productivity & Impact.

  1. Hello Joe and Ben!

    Just finished the pod. Great episode! Glad you guys decided to turn in the mics.

    Joe, my husband and I lived in Vicenza for 2 years from 2019 through 2020. My husband, Sean is a Captain in the Army. We’ll (90% confirmed, you know how the military is lol) be moving back to Vicenza this May.

    We’ve been following Ben for years also geek out on everything he talks about.

    It would be awesome to hangout and do a cold plunge or eat a meal together when we get to Italy!

    You can find me on my Instagram @allsninthewild or Sean at @officialseanp.

    Thanks again for the episode!

    1. Joe Apolinar says:

      Hey Allison,

      I am glad you found the information helpful, and thanks for the kind words. I would love to get back down to Vicenza with the family. Let me know when you arrive, and we can try and link up for a Caffè:)

      -Joe

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