It’s hard to imagine actually doing all of this, but I am sure the results are great, even only partially adopting such a diligent routine.  (Originally curated here.)

My holding company owns four businesses: Tusk Strategies runs multi-jurisdictional campaigns for big companies and institutions, Tusk Ventures works with pre-IPO startups in regulated industries in return for equity, Ivory Gaming manages casinos, and Kronos Archives builds high-end, bespoke digital archives.

English: The New York Times building in New Yo...

The New York Times building in New York, NY across from the Port Authority. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We also have a family foundation, Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies, that runs and funds campaigns to pass anti-hunger legislation and invests in startups combating hunger.

So how do we actually make the trains run on time? A lot of people keep asking me that, so here’s an outline of how we do it. Hopefully some of these tips will work for you, too:

1. The morning routine

I believe a strict morning routine is critical to having a productive day. Here’s mine:

  •  I wake up at 5 a.m. You think better in the morning.
  • I read four newspapers (The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and New York Daily News).
  • I meditate (badly, but it does stimulate my subconscious and help me come up with ideas).
  • I pray (I’m not sure it matters if you have a religion or even believe in God; praying is a good way to think about the people you love).
  • I write in a gratitude journal.
  • I make a smoothie (for me, it’s ginger kombucha, apple cider vinegar, Greek yogurt, spinach, blueberries, turmeric, cinnamon, coconut oil, protein powder, oats, and flaxseed).
  • I take vitamins and supplements (multi, D, B, omega).
  • I plank, stretch, and foam roll.
  • I work out (weights three times a week with a trainer, step mill twice on my own).
  • And then I get dressed (working in tech usually exempts me from having to shave or put on a suit, so that helps).

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