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Rick Smith

What is your morning routine?

I wake up at 6:00am, weigh myself, and take an EKG on my Apple Watch. I have occasional cardiac arrhythmias, so it’s good to check every morning. I also check my sleep hours using an Oura Smart Ring. (I set a goal of sleeping for seven and a half hours every night.)

Then I brush my teeth and chug a good, eighteen-ounce cup of water. After that, I hit the gym downstairs in my basement, then grab a quick breakfast with my kids and drive them to school. By 8:00am, I’m at Axon headquarters, where I head to the locker rooms to grab a quick shower before starting work. When I’m not in the office, I’m in my home office settling in.

How long have you stuck with this routine so far?

I’ve had this specific routine in place for just this school year, but I’ve done my workout in the mornings for about twenty years. I’m not totally consistent every day, but I try to hit five days a week and usually end up hitting three or four.

How has your morning routine changed over recent years?

Driving my kids to school is a relatively new addition. Like a lot of parents, I use it as a forcing function to get my morning moving. Because there’s not a specific time I have to be at work, this helps me be a bit more disciplined in getting out of bed and starting the day. Plus, it gives me extra time with my kids, which, as any busy parent knows, you take where you can get!

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What time do you go to sleep?

I usually fall asleep between 10:30 and 11:30pm. I’m not super dogmatic about my schedule. It’s more important that I spend time with my kids, tuck them into bed, and spend some quality time with my wife before settling in.

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