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Most people dread the idea of waking up to go to work on a Monday morning. Most people aren’t CEOs either. There’s a lot to learn from the corporate executives a lot of the major global brands.
If life feels challenging as an executive assistant or doctor, how do they manage everything they have on their plates? Well, there are three women who are currently running businesses well, maintaining fairly healthy lifestyles, and manage to keep their sanity.
Ursula Burns, Padmasree Warrior and Marissa Meyer are three women who are incredibly successful and wildly inspiring to the average worker. Taking a closer look at how they manage their mornings might bring a little inspiration and change your outlook on the personal morning routine.
Ursula M. Burns
Ursula M. Burns is the chairman and CEO of Xerox. In 2014, Forbes Magazine named Burns the 22nd most powerful woman in the entire world. It’s hard to imagine the 22nd most powerful woman feeling less than exuberant in the morning to conquer the world. How does she do it? Burns wakes up at 5:15 every single morning. Whether she’s a morning person or not, she is definitely a part of the early rising group of workers. Shortly after waking up, she breaks a sweat with a personal trainer at 6am. She exercises, at least, two times a week. Burns is also known to open her email as soon as she wakes up. She’ll work on the emails all throughout the day as well.
Padmasree Warrior is the CEO of NextEV. NextEV is an electric car company. She also made the Forbes Magazine list of powerful women and ranking at 71st place. She is also known for her work as the former CTO of Cisco Systems and the former CTO of Motorola, Inc. She is a part of the early riser group of workers. She begins her day in the wee hours of the morning at 4:30 am. Her morning routine consists of a good amount of exercise. She also blocks out an hour of her time to check her email. To stay abreast of what’s happening, Warrior checks the news. She’s also a mother who takes care of her son before sending him off to school. She starts at 4:30 and finishes these tasks by 8:30 am. For many people, 8:30 is the time they’re waking up!
Marissa Mayer is the current CEO and President of Yahoo! She’s also known as the former powerhouse key speaker for Google. The Yahoo! powerhouse is known to get very little sleep at night. She averages about four to six hours of sleep per night.
Between waking up before 6 am, staying intentional about checking email, and working up a sweat with an exercise routine in the morning, these successful women find it vital to include one or more of these components within their day. Even though Mayer has voiced her opinion about weak people requiring eight hours of sleep per night, sleep is still an important part of anyone’s day. So, if these habits get scheduled into the morning routine, anyone might be able to conquer the world; if not the world, at least, their job!