On his morning ritual. My morning revolves around my family. I like to make the most out of my time with them before I shift to work and the day ahead. My kids have made a habit of sneaking out of their beds and into ours in the morning — and instead of shooing them back into their rooms, my wife and I have really embraced this family time together. They’re getting older and definitely won’t always want to hang out with us, so I try to live in the moment as much as possible.
Then, I move onto my morning routine — a shower and a shave (during which I am usually interrupted by my kids and chase them out of the bathroom with a shaving cream mustache). After getting dressed and kissing my wife and kids goodbye, I walk to work — which is energizing and gets me in the zone. I grab a coffee, and at that point, the day has officially begun.
On time for himself. Every Thursday, I play basketball with friends and some people on Harry’s team at 6:30 am. It’s one of the best things I’ve started doing for myself. I get to hang out with a great group of people, workout without thinking about it and leave feeling energized for the day.
On his life’s motto. “Create things people like more.” It’s our mission at Harry’s. I helped to come up with it (so I should like it) and it continues to motivate me every day.
On overcoming stress. First I take a step back. A change of scenery or shifting to a non-work activity helps give my brain a break and energy to come back and focus on the task at hand. I re-prioritize the things around me to clearly outline the path forward.
Breaking things down into actionable steps is helpful and makes each one feel easier to achieve. I often regroup with my team to identify distractions and delegate tasks accordingly. Then, we push forward, and I remind myself that I’ve been here before.
On prioritizing family. I’ve found that planning family time first allows me to be more present with them and then I reorganize work around that. It doesn’t work as well if I’m trying to do both at the same time.
On his sleep routine. Knowing that I tend to prefer getting deep work thinking done at night, I try to bake in 20 to 30 minutes to decompress by reading a book or magazine before bed.
— Jeff Raider, Co-Founder at Harry’s & Warby Parker