6 Productive Ways to Start Your Day

productive ways to start your day

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up every morning and why?

I take a 2.5-mile walk with my husband and our dog. The beginning of our walk is pretty quiet as both of us are still waking up. By the end of the walk, I feel fully awake and ready to face whatever the day brings with the support of my partner and biggest fan.

—Kimberly Jones, CEO and president of Butler/Till

I have a 3-year-old at home, so I’m often tending to him. Between that and getting ready, my mornings are spent reading industry news. Our world is constantly evolving and as a co-founder of a FinTech company, I must ensure I’m aware of trends so we’re best serving our investors, employees and customers. 

—Kathryn Petralia, co-founder of Kabbage, Inc.

I figure out what the most important things I have to do that day are, whether they’re for my family or my business. Sometimes the list is too long, so prioritizing is super important. I’m a firm believer in always staying busy to have a full life and to keep all projects moving forward.

—Georgianna W. Oliver, founder of Package Concierge

I like to turn on some music. I find that it helps get me into the right mindset to take on the day. Once the music is going, I drink a glass of water to hydrate and then move on to coffee—then I answer emails and make school lunches before my children wake up. 

—Heidi Hertel, founder of Fitz Frames

I say what I’m grateful for, even before I get out of bed or look at my phone. The first moments of the day affect the rest of the day.

—Arel Moodie, founder of Art of Likability

The first thing I do when I wake up is meditate for 15 to 20 minutes. This helps ground me in the day and gives me an energy boost.

—Kerry Guard, COO of MKG Marketing

Read next: How to Create a Bulletproof Morning Routine

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2020 issue of SUCCESS magazine.
Photo by Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash.com


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