Indra is the CEO of Pepsi. She is the first woman President of Pepsi. She’s also the first person born outside the USA to preside over that company. She’s a pretty cool chick. Fortune named her the most powerful woman in the world… twice.
That aside, she’s freakin’ crazy. Here’s how her day starts:
Wake up at 4am. Ok, screw that… but I get it. She’s crazy busy. Probably rushing around at 4am just like the rest of us, right? She’s jumping in the shower, grabbing a coffee and a power bar. Changing a couple of diapers, dropping the kids off at school, etc, etc, etc… wrong.
Indra gets up at 4am and does stuff. She’s a doer. So am I… sometimes… not always, because I’m also dumb. She gets up and meditates for 15-30 minutes. She clears her mind completely so that she can begin each and every day completely fresh. Next Indra reads the news while enjoying a cup of tea. Then she works out for an hour and a half. Yup, ninety minute workout, every day. Then she prepares breakfast and lunch and gets ready to leave the house.
Indra is a nut… she’s also one of the most successful businesspeople in the world.
This slow and steady morning routine allows Ms Nooyi to be at the top of her game all of the time. She’s up before everyone and she’s actually AWAKE at 7am when she gets to the office.
Seems like we’re headed down the “you should wake up earlier, stop being dumb” route, doesn’t it. Well, we aren’t. This article is about setting yourself up for success. Here are a few things I’ve learned from reading about Indra Nooyi and other successful people:
Spend your time over the next 20 minutes building a routine for tomorrow morning. Work on perfecting that routine for 1 week. Change the time you go to bed, the time you wake up, the temperature of your shower (Tim Ferriss takes ice baths in the morning… if you want to try that, more power to you, but I’m out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCU2qENWMnA ). Work out, wake up 3 minutes earlier than you were going to and just stretch for 3 minutes (don’t hit snooze).
Once you have a good morning routine that works for you and your family, move on to the office. Adjust the set-up of your desk, change the shoes you wear, or the chair you sit in. Check emails at a routine time (for me it’s 8:30am, 1pm, and 4pm), return phone calls at a routine time. Check in with your boss at a routine time… everything should be done on schedule. The tough part about a work routine is that there is always a wrench thrown in at some point. Be ready for that – you’ve already perfected your morning, now you’re already in a reduced-stress state. If you get knocked off of your work routine every once in a while, it’s not the end of the world. Everything will still be where you left it tomorrow.
Here’s my routine. It’s not perfect for me, and it’s definitely not perfect for you. But it’s an example of a routine that you can use as a baseline:
I wake up at 5:25am and work out for 30 minutes. Nothing crazy, I lift a little in the basement, then do some ab work. It’s minimal at best.
I slam down some vitamins and a tall, ice cold glass of water around 5:55am.
I’m in the shower by 6. That’s enough detail there, next point.
I put in contacts, brush teeth, and then shave.
I get dressed then sneak downstairs to get an apple for breakfast.
That’s the end of my routine – it’s usually completed by 6:30. I leave for work at 7am, so that gives me 30 minutes of flex time that I can handle a kid that gets up early, or a wife that’s feeling frisky (that never happens at 6:30a, but if it ever does, I’ll be ready). Usually I just watch the news…
My work routine is incomplete… what’s your work routine? Maybe I’ll try yours.