The Healthy CXO.

How Marissa Mayer, the Yahoo saviour strategize things and bolster work ethics

Apr 01 2019 • Written by Smriti Mishra

~ Smriti Jha


Motivation might not last but habits do. And the usual morning habits can either shape you or break you.  The 43 years old Merissa Mayer, the former Yahoo chief chose to shape the day with a healthy morning habit.


Marissa is known to strategies things in work as well in life. One must be strategic even for daily schedules like when to sleep when to shower, and how often to go to the bathroom.

To prioritize work, she creates a daily task list for “five high-priority things to focus on. There is a separate list for each person she is going to interact with and what she expects from them. Her task list is always numbered, so from the very start of her day, she can see what to need to focus more.


Marissa believes that it is the hard work what separates start-up to succeedMarissaMa and fail. Stressing on work ethics, Merissa believes that successful companies just don’t happen to become. They happen because of really hard work.


Marissa is not in the list of sleepless elites.


Marissa Mayer is not known for much sleep. Five to six hours of daily sleep makes Merissa feel better for the next day.

She hits the bed around 12 in the night and wakes up between 4 and 6 am, giving her approximately 4 to 6 hours sleep per night.

After she wakes up at 6 am, checks work emails and then, work out to get some sweat. This is the daily morning routine for her.


Nap room and sleeping pod as a part of mental being and wellness


Marissa backs for mental being and promoting health at work. She considers resting in sleeping pods are safer than slinking in your car late night after finishing the work.

For my first five years, I did at least one all-nighter a week, except when I was on vacation, and the vacations were few and far between, says Marissa!


About diet and fitness


Marissa’s workout is not known much to the yes, she works out to get some sweat and to be in shape. She is also known to keep healthy eating habits. She checks on portion control and smacks on fresh fruit at work.


Marissa became the CHANGE she wanted to see in the employees


As you push your employees to go the extra mile, show them that you can do the same. Define yourself and lead by example – you don’t always have to fit in when you can stand out  ~ Marissa Mayer.

The then women chief of Yahoo left amazed everyone at the workplace. She took a limited short maternity leave of 2 weeks after the birth of her first child despite Yahoo’s offer of 16 weeks paid leave. Later, after having two identical twin girls, she again took limited maternity leave. While not all can or want to follow in her footsteps, she did show where her priorities are.


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