Mornings. Whether yours starts with a run on the treadmill at the gym or just a run through the hallway when you’re late for a 9 a.m. meeting, it can seriously make or break your day. And it can be tough to feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, but you’re not alone. My morning routine is the series that will show you how other professionals wake up and tackle the daily grind at some of our favorite companies around the country. Whether it’s a yoga session, a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich or just taking time to finally catch up on the latest celebrity news, here’s how others get ready for work.
Nicole Godreau is a 20-something living in New York. Like so many others, she starts her day with a favorite playlist. The only difference? Godreau works for streaming giant Spotify, which means the music never stops for this sales coordinator.
“I feel that my morning routine is similar to others,” Godreau told Swirled. “I like to focus on self-care, which allows me to come into work with a positive attitude, ready to take on any challenges that may arise.”
Godreau has been a sales coordinator at Spotify for a little over a year, but she originally interned at the company right after college. She works as a trusted partner to the sales leadership team. Her day consists of anything and everything, from administrative tasks and putting together business reports to event planning with the marketing team and business operations like tracking the team’s P&L, plus so much more.
In order to find peace, she starts every day with a little self-care — something so many of us could learn from. We asked Godreau to walk us through her morning routine for work, tell us what she wishes she did differently and even what advice she would offer others who want to be in her shoes one day.
My morning routine on a normal weekday is simple. I wake up to my alarm and make a conscious effort not to check social media on my phone first thing in the morning. Instead, I take the time to write down three things I’m grateful for each day. It’s important for me to take the time to check in with myself, have time to count my blessings and say positive affirmations. This process leaves me feeling refreshed and energized to start my day.
Next, I turn on my TV and play Spotify — my go-to playlist for the morning is Soul Coffee. Then I jump in the shower and get dressed. I try to pick out my outfits for the week on the weekend to save time. Taking the time to put together outfits that look and feel good allows me to feel confident when walking into the office.
The one thing I wish I did differently is wake up earlier and head to the gym. Sometimes it feels like I need more hours in the day to get everything done.
I’m ready to head out the door by 8:30 and make my way to the subway. On the ride to the office, I usually alternate between listening to a podcast (my favorite at the moment is Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations) and catching up with my reading (my current read is “We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True” by Gabrielle Union).
I aim to be in the office around 9 a.m. My team also has a 9 a.m. monthly meeting that I’m in charge of putting together the material for, so I make sure I’m in the office around 8:30 a.m. on those days. The first thing I do when I get to work is open up my email to see if there’s anything urgent I need to handle.
One of Spotify’s perks is free meals, so when I’m done looking at emails, I head over to our kitchen around 10 a.m. to grab breakfast. My go-to is orange juice and Honey Nut Cheerios. Then I make a to-do list for my day and read up on recent news in the marketing/advertising industry.
10 AM to 12 PM
My typical morning consists of checking in with my manager to see what the top priorities are for our team. I follow up on the projects I have going on at that time. It could range anywhere from working on an internal team event, creating a deck for our team meeting, orchestrating a client event, putting together a research brief for an upcoming meeting, etc. There’s no typical week, but that’s what keeps it interesting.
For anyone interested in being in my shoes one day — invest in yourself emotionally, physically, financially, spiritually and intellectually.
In the words of one of my favorite motivational speakers Lisa Nichols, ‘Today choose to be all of you, not hold anything back, not compromise by trying to fit in, to not minimize your greatness so that others are comfortable in your presence! Do you. Stand in your authenticity!’
Be intentional, and take actions that bring you closer to being the best version of yourself.