A Morning in the Life of a Nitronaut

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Just as they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, your morning routine can significantly impact your daily productivity. At Nitro, productivity is in our DNA, so we spoke to 5 different Nitronauts to get some insight into how they prepare themselves for a day of dominating the world of smart documents. Answers varied widely, although it’s significant to note that everyone we interviewed for this segment requires a generous cup of joe for their morning dose of caffeine (with the exception of Rebecca Lauder, who enjoys decaf!). Here’s what they had to say:

Prioritize and strategize effectively.

Rebecca Lauder, Senior Marketing Manager EMEA

“Only when I am up do I check emails – I heard somewhere that checking your email while still in bed is like starting the day with your boss in the room, haha!

When I get to work I action my emails in order of urgency—I read quickly and don’t labor emails.  ‘Get it done’ is my motto!  I have never understood people who say ‘I took an hour over an email today’– if it’s that important, get on a call or set up a meeting.”

Don’t rush.

Daniel Vickery, Head of User Experience

“I try not to check email until I get in the office, because it’s never great stuff. It’s never like “Hey! You’ve won something!” My work day starts with browsing the internet for probably a half an hour—I go through news and design sites that influence design. Then I check my email, but I don’t respond yet. I have a couple morning meetings with a few of the teams. Then, once I feel like I’ve actually figured out what’s going on the world and have some more context around the messages—I respond to my emails.”

Try new things.

Laine Riley, Project Manager

“I take casual carpool every morning to come into the city (San Francisco) from Oakland. It only costs a dollar (which is only recommended, so if you don’t have a dollar, you won’t be denied a ride). It’s a good start to my morning, because I’m not stressing about getting a seat (sometimes Bart can be really crowded) and I know my internet will work, which gives me time to catch up on social media before heading into the office. Also, I feel good about starting my day in an environmentally friendly way.”

Stay active.

Katrina Campana, Executive Assistant to CEO and COO

“I wake up at 5:30am and go to Crossfit Monday through Friday at 6:00am. Supporting two executives makes my week pretty action-packed, so getting my workout done in the morning prepares me for that. I’m all about having a routine, and it’s early enough in the morning that I know a last-minute meeting won’t interfere with my workout time!”

Take time to organize.

Rachel Klarfeld, Recruiter

“I’m an early riser so I get into the office at 8:00am when it’s still pretty quiet. I’m big on written to-do lists, and I usually get those written out on my morning bus ride. By the time I get to my desk, which is typically home to a bouquet of flowers from BloomThat (an aesthetically pleasing office space is key to my productivity), I know what I need to get done that day and I have about 30 minutes to an hour to organize. ”


Nitronauts are pretty amazing people, but don’t be intimidated—sometimes even we press the snooze button 5 times, miss our workout class, and rush to that morning meeting.  We don’t expect perfection, because you don’t need to be perfect to be successful. We’re about working hard to improve, every day.  So think about it, what can YOU do in the morning to kick start your day?


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