Tech billionaire Mark Cuban says he conducts business almost exclusively via email. To be constantly connected, he carries two phones: one Android, one iPhone.
"With access, I'm always available; I can always communicate," says Cuban. As owner of the Dallas Mavericks, a star on ABC's "Shark Tank" and an investor in countless companies, that's a lot of emails. All the time.
In a recent episode of The Thrive Global Podcast, host Arianna Huffington asked Cuban if the constant flood of unanswered emails ever leaves him feeling overwhelmed.
"I guess I go through so many emails, I've kind of become immune to that," says Cuban.
He checks emails whenever he has an extra minute. "If I'm laying in bed watching a game, if it's halftime of a Mav's game, that's when I'll do my emails," says Cuban. "It allows me to disconnect from whatever other things that have my attention, and it actually works out really well."
Still, Cuban says he is actually less attached to his devices now, at 58, than he used to be.
"I think entrepreneurs go through a process. When I was all in and I was starting companies, I would dream about work. And literally, I'd wake up and I'd have to do things ... it just consumes you," says Cuban. "And I think entrepreneurs go through that process; creative people go through that process.
"As I kind of graduated to a different facet of my life, I really don't have a problem disconnecting because there's nothing that's so pressing," he says.
"Before I go to bed, I can put my phone
Or he can watch NBC's "Law & Order." Cuban says he uses headphones to watch TV, so as to not disturb his wife, and sets the television to turn off automatically so he can just fall asleep.
"Maybe it's a bad habit," Cuban says of his TV routine. "I think it's an old habit that I just haven't gotten rid of. Where, when my mind was racing so much and I needed to turn off and couldn't, it was a distraction. When I was thinking about work all the time. If there was something else on, just to distract."
He says he also uses a fitness tracker to know when he's getting good sleep and when he's not. (He's used Fitbit but says the Microsoft version is his favorite.)
Cuban says he gets by on six hours of sleep a night, though seven is ideal, and he's always down for a good nap particularly if he is traveling.
He also works out for an hour every day. "That I will find a way to get
Besides, that all still leaves plenty of time for e-mail.
"If I'm sleeping six, seven hours and working out one hour, there's another 16 hours that I have access to my phone," he says.
First Published: IST