Here are the two best things I have ever done: I bought a $20 alarm clock. I set two alarms (7am and 7:30am). Between those two alarms, its 100% about me. My phone is in another room. I focus on my pleasure; I sleep sometimes, read sometimes, tend to my pleasure sometimes, and just think sometimes. As the second alarm goes off, I get up, take my bipolar meds, and eat breakfast. Then I feed my pets (dogs and cats). Then I might work out. Then I shower. Then, and only then, I check email. And guess what I learned? The world didn’t end.
3. Because of my sleep routine, I don’t usually schedule morning meetings unless absolutely required. Fun fact: During the first few years of HubSpot, there was an implicit rule to never set up a meeting before 11am (my co-founder, Brian Halligan is a night-owl, too). Later, we revised this to: “You can set up a meeting before 11am, just don’t invite one of the co-founders.”