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James P. Owen

James P. Owen

What is your morning routine?

I wake up every morning at 6:30am. The first thing I do is grab a liter of cold water, which I drink over the next hour as I check my email and peruse two newspapers, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. I also scan the local paper. Taking time to read in the morning is a luxury I give myself.

Next, on the three days a week that I don’t do strength training, I go to the gym upstairs in my apartment building and do thirty minutes on the treadmill at a fast pace. That’s enough to burn 230 calories. After that, my beloved of forty-eight years fixes me breakfast.

By 9:00am, I’m ready to start my workday.

How long have you stuck with this routine so far?

Five or six years, ever since I started working out. I like routines, and this one works for me.

What time do you go to sleep?

10:00pm on the dot, every night.

Do you do anything before going to bed to make your morning easier?

I keep a legal pad and red felt pen by my bed. Every night before I go to sleep, I write down the things I want to do and accomplish the next day. I’m much happier and get much more done when I’ve got that list of priorities to go on.

Do you use an alarm to wake you up in the morning, and if so do you ever hit the snooze button?

I don’t need an alarm to wake up, unless I have to get up extra early to catch a flight. I have never hit the snooze button once in my life. I’m a morning guy. Sometimes I wake up as early as 4:00am.

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