How Female Leaders Spend Their First Hour At Work

What do you do with your first hour at work? Do you get out the snacks or check in with your managers? I try to have a meeting first thing in the morning to make sure we’re all on task. But sometimes, having Nutella sticks is more important, so I do that first. It’s about balance!

If you want some inspiration, this is what the most successful people do.


photo: Jesse Fiorino


Jessica Alba Actress and Co-Founder of The Honest Company

She told Elle, “I wake up early, get the kids out of the door, sometimes I drop them off and sometimes I go straight to the office, and I am usually in meetings all day,” Jessica’s business takes priority, after sending her kids to school. She gets to the office and starts taking care of stuff straight away, so if you want to be like her you need to already know what tasks are on your list before you get to the office. Spend your time wisely and create a good to-do list.


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Eva Chen Head of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram

“I think that eating healthy is the foundation to good health, good skin and everything,” she told The New Potato. “My office is basically a revolving door of baked goods [so] I always bring fruit into the office.”

It’s really important to keep up a healthy diet, snacking on bad foods in the office is the number one cause of unproductivity and energy crashes. So if you want to emulate Eva’s routine, grab those fruit snacks and put them on your desk.




Emily Weiss Founder and CEO of Into The Gloss and Glossier

“When I get into Glossier HQ every morning I cut out the New York Post’s daily horoscope section and tape it to the wall in the elevator. It’s important to know when Mercury is in retrograde and all,” she tells Good Morning Good Night.

If you need a little motivation to keep going, you can always create a vision wall with stories, inspiration, and photos and add to it each morning. You’ll work better when you’re actually inspired. Whether horoscopes are your thing or not, there’s always something you can find. So start your day with a little reading and gather that inspo.


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Victoria Beckham Founder and Creative Director of the Victoria Beckham fashion line

“The first thing I do is check in with my team. I have about 80 people in the studio, including seamstresses, an e-commerce team, everyone. I’m hands-on, you could say!” she told Harper’s Bazaar.

This is similar to our strategy, checking in with the rest of your team will keep you on track. In the first hour, check in with your colleagues, co-workers, and managers. Find out what’s going well and what can be improved and what everyone’s goals are.


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Beth is the Managing Editor of CGD. She is a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy, has published a short story and loves to read creative writing manuals in her spare time.

  • Bee

    I think you may be referencing the wrong Eva Chen. The Eva Chen in the photo works for Instagram.

  • Natalie Harney

    Love this, thanks for the inspiration to get my day started on the right foot

    – Natalie

  • mrsbicycle

    I work from home as an EA in CA and my boss is located on the east coast. After making my tea, I get right to emails, filtering out all of the deletes, ‘read later’, and ‘hot button’ tasks. After wrapping up the requests I received in the wee morning hours, I am already feeling productive by late morning to the afternoon!

  • Jenelle Witty

    Getting on to those jobs that you don’t want to do, but are a priority is such a good way to start. Feeling accomplished by the end of the day is the best feeling. Love this post!
    xx Jenelle

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