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This List Of 15 Big-Shot Executives Who Wake Up Early Will Make You Think Twice About Sleeping In

This List Of 15 Big-Shot Executives Who Wake Up Early Will Make You Think Twice About Sleeping In

Waking up early has become common advice in self-improvement circles. After all, it makes sense. Waking up early gives you time where you can focus and get things done before dealing with pesky distractions. As you rise before the majority, you’ll find a strange sense of tranquility that motivates and inspires you. But why take my word for it? Read on to see how some of the most powerful men and women spend their mornings.

1. GE CEO Jeff Immelt

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    Jeff Immelt has a rock solid morning routine. He rises at 5:30AM and does cardio while watching and reading the latest news. This allows him to get his exercise in (which is important for a lot of reasons), all while consuming information that will contribute to decisions he will make throughout the day.

    2. Xerox CEO Ursula Burns

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      Ursula wakes up at 5:15AM and immediately gets started on her email. She also spends an hour in the morning on personal training. Diligence, hard work, and being an early riser all have contributed to her earning the #22 spot on Forbes’ Power Woman list.

      3. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

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        Of course you know Starbucks. There’s one practically every block, there’s always a crazy line, the environment is incredibly hip, and everyone working there seems to be amazingly happy. Who’s behind all this? Howard Schultz.

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        In order to pull all this off, Schultz starts out early – getting to the headquarters at around 6 or 6:30 AM. Before that, he fits in a workout or even a bikeride.

        4. Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne

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          Bringing Chrysler back from the dead as American car companies struggled to stay afloat, requires time and skill. Sergio Marchionne did it by starting early – he wakes up at 3:30AM every morning. This also allows him to interact with those in European timezones.

          5. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi

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            Indra Nooyi heads up PepsiCo – one of the largest beverage companies in the United States. She gets her day started at 4AM and is at the office by 7AM.

            6. Former General Motors’ CEO Dan Akerson

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              Dan Akerson would wake up every morning around 4:30AM in order to stay in contact with GM companies overseas. This allowed him to help resurrect General Motors.

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              7. Hain Celestial Group CEO Irwin Simon

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                Irwin Simon may be the king of morning productivity. He begins at 5AM to keep in touch with overseas offices. Then he exercises, walks the dog, and prays all before he arrives at work. Sometimes he fits a meeting in there, too.

                8. Square CEO Jack Dorsey

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                  Co-founder and co-creator of Twitter. CEO of Square. Wall Street Journal’s 2012 Innovator of the Year. A net worth of more than 2 billion. All of this describes Jack Dorsey, an entreprenuer based out of Silicon Valley. How does he manage to do all of this?

                  Well for one, he wakes up every morning at 5:30AM to meditate and go for a 6 mile jog. This gives him a headstart that allows him to push above the competition.

                  9. Richard Branson, founder and chairman of the Virgin Group

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                    Richard Branson is sixty years old and still going strong. He wakes up at 6:00AM every morning to get a nice jog in before he starts his day. As a founder of more than 400 companies (under the Virgin moniker), it only makes sense to look to him for wisdom.

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                    10. Apple CEO Tim Cook

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                      Coworkers describe Tim Cook as being first in the office and the last out. He wakes up around 4:30AM. Not surprising for the man running the world’s most valuable company.

                      11. Disney CEO Bob Iger

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                        Bob Iger is CEO of Disney, perhaps the most known name in entertainment. In order to keep the company pushing out some of the greatest films he wakes up at 4:45AM. From there he’s off to the gym at 5, and at the office by 6.

                        12. Starwood Hotels CEO Frits Van Paasschen

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                          Frits Van Paaschen runs one of the largest hotel chains in the world. He’s running at 5:50AM and starts working by 6:30.

                          13. Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark

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                            You’ve got to be on your game as one of the youngest CEO’s in the NBA. Brett Yorkmark does this by waking up at 3:30AM to get to the office by 4:30.

                            14. GM CEO Mary Barra

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                              Taking the reigns of GM as the first female CEO at the company, Mary Barra has to be at peak performance. She’s at the office by 6AM to get started on her day.

                              15. Former president George W. Bush

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                                He’s not a business CEO, but he did become the most powerful man in the world. Even if you don’t agree with his political views, his work ethic is most definitely present. George W. Bush was known for being at the oval office by 6:45AM and holding meetings as early as sunrise.

                                Convinced you should become an early riser? Check out this article for some tips on how to wake up happy.

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                                Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                                Ditch Work Life Balance and Embrace Work Life Harmony

                                Ditch Work Life Balance and Embrace Work Life Harmony

                                How do you usually go about your day?

                                Do you wake up in the morning, get ready for work, and then spend the whole day looking forward to being at home and unwinding?

                                We often hear about work life balance – having a good balance between work and personal time. Whilst this may sound like a smart idea, it can also imply that we should dedicate at least half of our time to work–and sacrifice time for our “personal life”.

                                To me, that seems…off balance. Because, the truth is, it’s nearly impossible to split your time equally between the two. And, you may end up stressing out if you’re not able to meet that expectation of balance.

                                Instead, why not think of having work life harmony instead?

                                With this mindset, you can actually integrate work into your life in a way that feels more complete. This way, you don’t need to view work and having personal time as separate.

                                So, how do you achieve work life harmony?

                                Work Life Harmony Explained

                                The difference between work life balance and work life harmony is pretty simple.With the former, there is an implication that you have to sacrifice your “life” for work. But, this is the worst way to go about things! How can you truly be at peace in life if you dread 8 hours of your day?

                                Work life harmony on the other hand, allows your work to be a part of your life. This means that you can choose to be happy both at home, and at work! Work no longer needs to be seen as the ‘bad’ or un-fun activity.

                                Having work life harmony also ensures you’re truly present in whatever place you find yourself.

                                Just take a look at Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon for example.

                                He uses a non traditional approach to work by making time for breakfast every morning with his family, doesn’t set his alarm before going to bed, schedules surprisingly few meetings, and still puts aside a few minutes every day to wash his own dishes.

                                He believes that all his staff should stop trying to achieve a ‘balance’ in their work and personal lives as that implies a trade off. Instead, he envisions a more holistic relationship between the two.

                                As the world’s richest man, he must be doing something right!

                                Rethink Time Management

                                Now, when we think of striking a balance, we usually associate it with time, don’t we? How much time are we spending at work versus how much time are we spending in our personal lives?Are we taking enough time to be with our loved ones, to do meaningful activities with others or even for ourselves, or are we just dedicating all our time to work?

                                This is the so-called-balance that many struggle with.

                                With work life harmony, we learn to rethink time management. By re-assessing how you manage your time, you’ll have a lot more of it. It’s incredible how much time can get wasted over the period of a day–especially when you’re not accurately tracking it.

                                Unfortunately, unless you’re consciously making an effort, your brain is not always the best at making accurate judgement calls when it comes to prioritizing. It tends to have a bias towards short term benefits and short term costs.

                                As there are often many more options our brains link to short term benefit; when you’re trying to focus on a task that gives you a long term benefit, that task usually becomes low priority. This is otherwise known as Priority Chaos.

                                In order to overcome this and be in better control of your time, identify the tasks that need the most focus to get accomplished. If it’s a big task, then it’s good to break it down into smaller bite-sized actions that will provide you with a clearer short term benefit.

                                When setting up tasks, give yourself a time limit. The brain has a bias towards short term benefits, and your attention span is limited, so if your tasks are going to take ages to complete, you’ll end up losing focus… and wasting time.

                                Once you have all your tasks written down, it’s time to prioritize them. Since you have a time limit, your focus should be on the top priority tasks. By doing this, you will already be able to get more done in less time at work!

                                Have Passion for What You Do

                                Managing your time is important in achieving that work life harmony. But, perhaps of greater importance, is loving what you do in life.One of the most effective ways to achieve a work life harmony is to really enjoy, or find a purpose, in what you do for a living. Even though everyone isn’t always lucky enough to find a position that pays them for pursuing their passion, you can strive to find meaning in what you are already doing, or pursue something new entirely!

                                For example, say you work at an office that sells paper. While many people wouldn’t consider this a world changing pursuit, I beg to differ. Think of all the individuals in the world that rely on paper. From creative types to quantum physics experts, your role at your workplace brings incredible value to many many people all over the world. You will have, without a doubt, helped bring a new idea into existence. Several new ideas to be precise.

                                So have a think about what you’re doing now. Is it something that allows you to embrace your passion?

                                Or perhaps you might not even know what it is that you love or enjoy doing. Why not explore and reflect on what gives you joy and contentment? Is there an area or industry that you could see yourself exploring to experience that fulfillment?

                                Can you find a deeper purpose in what you’re already doing?

                                When you’re able to find meaning in your work, you’re that much closer to achieving work life harmony.

                                Don’t Be Intimidated By Obstacles and Limitations

                                Creating work life harmony is also about understanding yourself–which includes your limitations and past obstacles–as this allows you to become more resilient.

                                If you never had to experience struggles, challenges or setbacks, then you would never be forced to adapt and mature. So in theory, having to face obstacles in life is actually quite necessary.

                                Most of us think of setbacks and obstacles as negative. Though, if you’re able to maintain an optimistic attitude, you’ll almost always have a higher chance of success of overcoming those obstacles to reach your eventual goal.

                                Your attitude towards setbacks will define the outcome of whether you rise from the challenge or remain stuck in it. So, in order to achieve work life harmony, it’s important to have a resilient attitude as challenges will always come your way–especially when you strive to integrate work into your life, and not a separate or dominant part of life.

                                Delegate When You Need To

                                Of course, when you want to increase productivity and minimize the time or effort spent, a great way to do so is to delegate!

                                If you spend a lot of time doing tasks on your own that could be delegated to others (whether at work or at home) you’re losing a lot of precious free time that could otherwise be spent elsewhere.

                                At the end of the day, we all have a limited amount of time. So we should all be striving to create a harmonious work and living situation where we can find meaning in all that we do.

                                While an overall goal may be meaningful, not all of the milestones or tasks needed to get there may be meaningful. That’s because we have our strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. Not every task is going to be enjoyable or easy to complete. That’s where delegation comes in.

                                Delegation simply allows you to leverage time from an external source, thus giving you opportunities to increase your own quality of time. Keep in mind that delegation should be done with deliberate attention, otherwise you may end up over relying on others.

                                If you find that you’re running into the problem of over delegating, then it may be time to re-evaluate your motivation for doing whatever it is that you’re doing.

                                Embrace the Circle and Become Happier and More Productive

                                Living in harmony is about feeling good about the ways in which you spend your time, despite how busy you may be.Your switch from work mode to a more personal mode should be effortless. It’s about integrating your personal life and the things you love into your busy work life!

                                It all begins with the shift in perspective. Understanding what your passions are, and learning to be resilient, before taking a different approach to the way you manage your time and everyday tasks.

                                These are steps that you can start taking to move away from balance to harmony. 

                                Featured photo credit: Photo by Marten Bjork on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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