What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Natalie Mackey
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Natalie Mackey
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1 Natalie Mackey

“Mornings used to feel manic because the first thing I did was look at my phone. So I bought an alarm clock and now try not to sleep with my phone next to my bed. I wake up at 6:30 a.m. and visualize the three things I want to get done. I always try to do the toughest thing first, which helps me feel productive and proactive instead of reactive.” —Natalie Mackey, 33, cofounder of cosmetic line Winky Lux

Robert Battle
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2 Robert Battle

“I find that my creativity is most fertile in the morning. I get up around 7 or 8, and while my eyes are closed, I set an intention for the day. There’s something about the metaphor of morning as being full of opportunity and possibility that I really identify with.” —Robert Battle, 44, artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Karen Aiach
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3 Karen Aiach

“I wake up between 6:30 and 7 and drink a large glass of water and a coffee in bed. I like to take 10 or 15 minutes for some breathing exercises after opening the windows to let some fresh air in. It’s crucial that I have that time for myself.” —Karen Aiach, 45, founder and CEO of biotech company Lysogene

Christopher Gavigan
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4 Christopher Gavigan

“My day can be hectic, especially with four children under the age of 9. At least five days a week, before I walk out of my bedroom, I do a stretch routine at the foot of my bed. I go through a set of poses, flow, and breathing exercises for 10 minutes, then have at least two 16-ounce glasses of kombucha to feel hydrated. I try to listen to my body as much as possible.” —Christopher Gavigan, 43, cofounder and chief purpose officer of Honest Company

Sarah Robb
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5 Sarah Robb

“First thing in the morning is a very efficient time for me. I have three kids, so I have to be mindful about when I get everything done. I get up at around 5:45 a.m., but my day starts the night before. I plan by looking at my calendar and pack a bag with a change of work clothes. I’m very disciplined about making sure I get to bed at the right time so I can get up, put on my workout gear, and have a high-energy start to the day.” —Sarah Robb O’Hagan, 45, CEO of Flywheel Sports