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Chief business officer, Google
“For the past 30 years I’ve spent the first hour of every day reading. I invest in the fitness of my brain before going to the gym. I don’t read news or fiction; I choose a focus and read about it until I’ve mastered it. For 12 years, I’ve dedicated reading time to the topic of happiness; the result was the ‘happiness algorithm’ that is shared in [Gawdat’s book] Solve for Happy“.
Co-founder and CEO, N26
“The first thing I do in the morning is check my calendar to see what’s coming up that day; identifying the most important emails is the second thing I do. I mentally prepare for the first couple of meetings while getting ready at home and grab something to eat on my way to work. Each office day starts with a quick C-level update to align the team on priorities for the day.”
Founder, Digital Rights Foundation
“The first thing I do is read dozens of emails and draft responses in my head. Then I prepare my mind for a day full of meetings. I’m not a morning person, but I don’t let this work against me. Instead, I fully take advantage of the time by being responsive to emails coming from the western side of world.”
“I’m always travelling or surrounded by people, so I try to own the first hour of every day. Sometimes that means meditating and working out and sometimes it’s just getting caught up on emails without any distractions. Whatever it is, I’m alone and at my own pace, free of meetings and push notifications, which energises me for a day full of face-to-face interactions.”