Lee Mayer is the co-founder and CEO of Havenly, an ultra trendy online interior design and e-commerce company. It all started in 2014, when Lee wanted to create a way to make home decorating easier–and more affordable–for everyone. So she took the plunge into entrepreneurship and used what she learned at Harvard Business School and previous jobs at Bankrate and Bain & Company to make her vision a reality. Wondering how this busy businesswoman starts her morning? Follow along below.

6:30 A.M. I don’t use an alarm clock!  I typically wake up at around 6:30 A.M or 7 A.M. on my own and have found that with age (and stress), my ability to sleep in has disappeared. Also diminished with age, my ability to eat a whole family-sized bag of Doritos without gaining weight. A lot of my job is thinking about broader trends and how they impact our vision for the company, so I spend the morning looking at interesting articles I bookmarked the day before, as well as catching up on the news of the day, or reading earnings reports or product/fundraise announcements for companies that are in the e-commerce or consumer industry. 

If I’m not feeling lazy, I go for a workout. I got a Peloton at Christmas (thanks Dad!) so I wake my body up while spinning with Cody Rigsby and 90s pop. Some days, though, I skip it and pull out my computer to get ready for the day ahead.

8 A.M. By this time, I’m either deep into emails or slack on my laptop, catching up on the day before, typically in bed or at my dining room table.  I like to get all the pressing stuff out the door in the morning, and then put together a really light plan for the day “must do, should do, could do” – to make sure I have some orientation before I dive into the thick of things.  I also try to do the most unpleasant thing that I have to do before 9 A.M. so that I don’t have it hanging over my head

8:30 A.M. I step into morning beautification, if you can call it that. I pop into the shower, and I’m weirdly low maintenance with shower products, depending solely on drugstore Neutrogena shampoo and conditioner. I’d change it up, but I’m too lazy to ask anyone about it. I do splurge on my face products, Tatcha Camellia Oil saved my cleansing routine, and I’m a La Mer girl – it just perks up my ever-tired eyes. I have a makeup routine that involves Nars concealer (tired eyes, again), bareMinerals powder, and always my Stila liquid liner.  

9 A.M. I leave the house for the office. I come in on the later side, partially because I like getting centered and being a little bigger picture at home -a mentor once told me to “make in the morning, manage in the afternoon”, but also I always get a thrill when I walk into the office and there are people already buzzing away-it reminds me that we built something really great with this team. I typically come into the office, dive right back into emails and planning for the day, before my first meetings start at around 10 A.M.

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  • Doing the most unpleasant part of your day before 9am is such wonderful advice. Thank you! I often find that having something hanging over my head is even worse than just doing it, and this fixes that. xAllie
    http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com

    • Emma

      I had an old manager who called doing this “eating the frog.” Not sure where it came from, but same idea–do what you’re dreading first and then the day becomes so much more pleasant!

  • Leen Mana

    Awesome routine! I love doing all the stressful/big tasks first as well! That way I could enjoy the rest of my day!

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