Routine and sleep
When it comes to a morning routine, I wouldn't say I really have one. Instead of a routine, I'd think of it more as habit. I like to get in to the office generally around the same time if it's going to be a busy day ahead. I never eat breakfast at home - I keep bags of granola and hemp milk in the office. One exception to my habits is that if I don't have any meetings until later, I'll try to squeeze in a run at around 6 or 6:30 a.m. before heading to work.
For Sunday through Thursday, I aim to go to bed at around 10:30 p.m. It won't kill me if I go to bed at around 11 or 11:30 p.m., but I think I perform much, much better with even just an hour extra of sleep.
The importance of being productive
Being productive is important to me. If work is slow (which as of recently, it hasn't been at all), I'm not going to watch YouTube videos or fool around - if there's downtime, then I'm going to use my valuable time to learn something. One of my least favorite things is letting days go by having done absolutely nothing. I'm a very execution-oriented person and honestly only feel fulfilled if I'm productive each day, be it at work or for my personal life.
Our day and age values productivity, but it seems to lead to unhappiness most of the time, in the long run.
There's a lot of truth to this statement - I definitely feel like I'm on the brink of burning out because I am someone that is constantly pushing myself to the edge - be it professionally at work or physically when exercising. When I do feel like that, though, I know myself enough these days that I'll back off a little bit and slow down. I think what helps in not burning out is just treating yourself right - eat food that nourishes you and doesn't slow you down. Exercise, but not everyone needs to exercise vigorously - go at your own pace. Do treat yourself from time to time. While our day and age does value productivity, it's also amusing to see the flip side - when our day and age also appreciate the value of staying home and running a few episode of Netflix. Which is productive in a different sense - of self-care and pure indulgence.