Branson says he prioritizes getting enough sleep, which for him means five to six hours per night. Here's the rest of his nighttime routine:
Successful evenings include sit-down dinners with lots of "conversation and laughter," Branson writes. "I can't tell you how many ideas have been dreamed up around the dinner table on Necker Island; some which are now driving the Virgin brand forward."
When traveling Branson likes "to invite local thought-leaders and change-makers to dinner, so that I can learn more about the social and cultural landscape of the countries in which Virgin is operating," he writes.
Branson checks social media in the morning, but he also does it at the end of the day.
"After dinner, I like to retreat to a quiet space with a cup of tea and do a quick email and social media sweep," he writes. "Finishing the day reading your feedback on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram makes me feel very humbled."
Sometimes, if it's early enough, "I'll read for a bit or perhaps watch a documentary, to help me relax and put me in a great frame of mind to get a good night's sleep," he writes.
Being online at night can impact your sleep habits, so Branson makes sure to "switch off from the digital world for a while before going to sleep, so my brain can unwind," he writes.
For Branson, "It's in bed and lights out hopefully by 11 p.m.," he writes. I typically need five to six hours sleep to get the most out of my days. "
That means Branson is operating on less shut eye than Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who says he needs about eight hours of sleep, and Bill Gates, who says he needs seven.
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