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Five CEBers Share How They Start a Productive Day

7 July, 2016

We often hear that how we begin our day affects the rest of it. And yet, if you are anything like me, you spend your morning battling with your alarm clock (screaming “five more minutes!”), debating whether to put on make-up or take your puppy outside for a walk—leaving absolutely no time for breakfast—and rushing out the door while checking emails. Instantly, my morning becomes clouded by chaos and I spend the day gathering my thoughts.

While there is no “silver bullet” for a perfect morning routine, I’m sure we all can agree that how you wake up sets the tone for the rest of your day. Some of us wake up early to reflect while others hop online to check social media (guilty). Some people dive in to email or eat breakfast while watching the morning news. There are a billion different ways to start a morning.

When asked, “How do you start a productive day?” five CEBers shared their habits, energy boosters, and some of the thoughts that keep them motivated. Here’s what they had to say; maybe these ideas will help you get a little more productivity, creativity, and fulfillment out of your morning!

Shaun LoriaShaun, Senior Advisory Analyst/Digital Lead
“I usually wake up at 6:00 or 6:30 a.m., and take time to feed both the body (eggs or yogurt and always a banana and coffee) as well as the mind (reading either fiction or non-fiction). No screens, no news. Breakfast is a time to be mindful and start thinking about interesting ideas. I stay productive throughout the day by focusing on the task at hand, always keeping in mind why we’re doing our work, and using my energy to focus on positive things instead of challenges. Strength in body equals strength in mind. I work best when I stay balanced and give myself time to hang out with the people I love.”

What is one piece of advice you wish someone told you when you first started at CEB?
“Trust the process, enjoy the ride, keep in mind the why, and write down positive moments. Positive moments are a bank that you build up and can think about when you’re tired.”


Rob ChenRob, Chief Marketing Officer
“My wake up time varies—with global hours and travel, it can range from 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. I am motivated by the opportunity to help drive performance for the best companies in the world and to continue to establish CEB as a market leader and ‘category disrupter.’ Of course, coffee and working with high energy people doing great things keep me going. I’m religious with my calendar and being focused on what’s at hand (vs. trying to multitask to the detriment of the meeting I’m in).”

What’s one piece of advice you wish someone told you when you first started at CEB?
“General advice that I have found helpful is to not be afraid to take risk and look for opportunities for disruptive innovation that may result in failure.”

Prisca SinPrisca, Operations Specialist
“I usually wake up between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. and am in the office by 9:30 a.m. (I have a long commute). The fact that each day is a brand new day and there are new challenges waiting for me are what get me out of bed. A normal breakfast for me consists of, bread/oats with hot chocolate or coffee.

“I stay productive throughout the day by following my body and working on the most demanding tasks when I’m the most awake. I take a break when I’m overwhelmed, talk to my buddies to recharge, and then get back to work. Always look at what you’re doing and seek ways to work better and smarter.”

What’s something that gives you a burst of energy every day?
“Upbeat music and a deep breath – both things that makes me feel calm.”


SouymaSoumya, Research Director
“I usually start my day at 5:00 a.m. What gets me out of bed is my alarm clock and knowing that it’s a new day with new opportunities. My breakfast is usually a mix of traditional South Indian dishes such as idli dosa along eggs and a cup of coffee.

“I believe a good night’s sleep and early rise help me stay productive throughout the day. I avoid the things like Facebook that I know will kill my productivity.”

What song would you say usually describes your mood?
“Happy by Pharrell Williams”


JaimieJaimie, Business Development Specialist
“I’m a fan of the snooze button. I set my alarm for 6:15 a.m., but I’m up at 6:45 a.m. Have you heard of the saying, ‘Another day, another dollar?’ That is what motivates me to get out of bed! Also, I don’t enjoy being late, so that is another little push. During my morning commute, I drink a bottle of water. Then I reward myself with a bowl of oatmeal after my morning calls.

Big picture thinking and people keep me productive. Knowing that other people are depending on me drives me to do well. I truly care about my team and want them to stay happy and successful.”

What is one piece of advice that you wish someone told you when you first started at CEB?
“I wish I were told it’s alright to feel overwhelmed; working in sales is tough! Be inquisitive and learn as much as you can. Always remember that you are just as innately capable as anyone else at this job and that you have the potential to be great.”





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