Laila Ali

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Nelson Mandela

 

Productivity Tip:
 

Try a Desktop Zen Garden

You know what can be stressful? Work. Too many to-dos. Boss breathing down your neck. Trying to be productive all the time. 

And how can you be your most productive when you’re over-stressed? 

Here’s an idea. Try taking mini mindfulness breaks using a desktop Zen garden. These teeny-tiny gardens bring moments of calm amidst the bustle of the day – and they look pretty, too. Have you ever tried one?

Routine Breakdown
 

Laila Ali, Boxing Champion, TV Host & Entrepreneur

Laila Ali

Retired boxing champ and daughter of the late great Muhammad Ali, Laila says consistency is key. She:

  • Loves morning protein shakes. Her go-to: vanilla protein powder, collagen powder (for healthy joints, hair, and nails), almond butter (for healthy fats), oat milk, cinnamon, and half a banana (some carbs for energy). 
  • Drinks plenty of water, aiming for 40 ounces throughout the morning.
  • Hits the home gym (sometimes in her pajamas).
  • Has her dogs by her side and incorporates them into her routine.

 

Why it works:

  • High-protein breakfasts help to increase muscle mass, regulate glucose, and more.
  • Hydrate! It benefits your cognition, mood, energy, and attention.
  • The best workout is the one you do! If that means you don’t get dressed, so be it. 
  • Pets aren’t just cute – they benefit your mental health.

 

Morning workouts don’t have to be long or complex to be effective. Here’s a 7-minute routine of Laila’s you can follow along with – in or out of your pajamas!

Nick Wooster

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.

Wayne Dyer

Wellness Tip:
 

Dance Like No One’s Watching

You know dancing is fun. You know it can help you get fit. But did you know it’s also great for mental health

A shimmy on the dancefloor can boost your mood and lower anxiety. It can lift your self-esteem. It can encourage social bonding and reduce feelings of pain.

Whether it’s a salsa class or a living room dance party for one—kick off your shoes and dance.

Productivity Tip:
 

Define Productivity

It’s easy to confuse being busy with being productive. Working all the hours in the world won’t make you productive if you’re working on the wrong things.

So, take a moment to reflect on what productivity looks like for you. Remember that it isn’t about getting more done; it’s about making time for the things that matter most.

This is why Panda Planner has space each day to record your top 3-5 priorities. Everything else—tasks, schedule, etc—happens downstream of those priorities. 

Once you know what matters for you, the rest falls into place.

Routine Breakdown
 

Nick Wooster, Fashion Consultant & Influencer

nick wooster

Menswear icon Nick Wooster says morning is his favorite time of day. He

  • Rises early. “The earlier the better. If I’m getting up at six, that means I slept in.”
  • Makes the bed. “Every morning, without fail. It’s the first thing I do.”
  • Prays and meditates to help quiet his mind, then sets intentions for the day.
  • Goes to the gym 5 out of 6 days a week. He calls this the most important part of his morning. “It’s a lot like the meditation—it helps to mentally prepare.”
  • Has iced coffee and breakfast.

 

Why it works:

  • Getting up early is great if you can do it. Just follow Nick’s lead and go to bed early to compensate. (He aims for 6-8 hours sleep a night.)
  • Making your bed has mental health benefits.
  • Meditation is good for stress, immunity, memory, you name it—while setting intentions helps you stay on the path to your goals.

 

Nick says consistency is key: He’s had the same morning routine since 1995 when he got sober and changed to a morning person. “The great thing about today is that I take my time and enjoy the morning,” he says. Do you try to slow down in the mornings?

Martha Stewart

Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success.

Martha Stewart

Wellness Tip:
 

Gaze Up At The Stars

There’s just something about gazing up at the night sky. That deep and endless expanse studded with stars… It humbles you, awes you, makes you feel at peace.

This is something we all know from experience, but it’s also backed by research. Stargazing relieves stress, helps you sleep, boosts creativity – even makes you kinder.

The best part is that it’s free, and anyone can do it. Take a peek up at the sky tonight: the stars are waiting to shine on you. 

Productivity Tip:
 

Organize Skill-Swap Sessions

Building up your skillset doesn’t have to be tedious or expensive. Why not make it fun, free, and reciprocal by organizing skill-swap sessions with friends and colleagues?

Research shows learning in a social context enhances retention and enjoyment. Just pair up and teach each other a skill you’re good at – cooking secrets, coding tips, language lessons, whatever!

It’s a win-win: you gain new skills and strengthen social bonds at the same time. What skills can you share?

Routine Breakdown
 

Martha Stewart, Media Personality & Businesswoman

Martha Stewart

“Green juice, Pilates, doing puzzles, and cardio may seem like ordinary activities, but they all boost my mental and physical energy and set the stage for me to get a lot done,” says Martha Stewart, who’s onto her 100th book. She:

  • Wakes at 5. “Regularity in a day is essential to being an orderly person,” she says.
  • Does a Pilates workout then jumps in the shower.
  • Drinks green juice using spinach, ginger, mint, parsley, celery, and cucumber from her garden.
  • Reads the news and does puzzles on her phone while sitting for hair and makeup.
  • Drinks one cappuccino before officially starting her workday.

 

Why it works:

  • Early risers are reportedly happier and more productive. That said – do what works for you!
  • From strength to posture, Pilates has a bunch of proven benefits.
  • Green juice is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 
  • Studies show puzzles can help with mental health and brain function as we age.
  • Coffee – in moderation – may well be a boon for brain health. Just make like Martha and keep it to the first half of the day so it doesn’t impact your sleep.

 

What do you think of Martha’s routine? Have you tried 5am starts and Pilates, or are you more of a late riser? 

Avery Lauren

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

Famed Architect & Designer, Frank Lloyd Wright

Wellness Tip:
 

Try Biophilic Design

Ever heard of biophilic design? It’s a fancy name for using natural elements in your living space. Think indoor plants, basking in natural light, or even a charming little water feature. 

Not just pretty, this approach has some serious science behind it. Studies have shown that incorporating nature at home can reduce stress and improve mental well-being. 

Imagine unwinding in a room filled with greenery and soft natural light – it’s like a mini-retreat at home! So, why not start with a few plants or rearrange to let more sunlight in? Read more here and try your hand at some biophilic design. 🌿

Productivity Tip:
 

Map Out Your Mind

You’ve used brainstorming to generate ideas. Well, mind mapping helps you create connections between those ideas. It’s a really cool way to visually organize your thoughts. 

Research shows that mind mapping can improve learning and memory by engaging both sides of your brain. It helps connect concepts, making them easier to recall and understand.

There are a bunch of tech tools that can help you with mind mapping, like MindMeister or XMind. So, next time you’re stuck or need to sort out your ideas, open one up and let your creativity flow.

Routine Breakdown
 

Avery Lauren, Wellness Influencer

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“My fav part of the day is changing out of my nighttime pajamas into my daytime pajamas,” says Avery Lauren. Yes, a TikTok influencer with a relatable WFH morning routine! She:

  • Makes the bed, then changes into her comfy work-from-home clothes.
  • Does her skincare routine.
  • Makes a protein-packed healthy breakfast and eats it while watching TV.
  • Makes iced coffee, then lights a candle and does some journaling before starting work.

 

Why it works:

  • Bed-making has research-backed benefits, like giving you a sense of achievement.
  • A healthy, protein-rich breakfast sets you up for a healthier day.
  • Journaling is a marvel for mental health, while small rituals have a power of their own.

 

Do you work from home? What’s your pre-work routine like?

Idris Elba

Create ‘Tech-Free Zones’ for time with zero distractions so you allow your best ideas to flow.

Robin Sharma

Wellness Tip:
 

Set Up Tech-Free Zones

In our fast-paced digital world, it’s easy to forget the value of real, undistracted human interaction and screen-free time. So, why not designate specific areas in your home as tech-free zones? It could be the dining room, living room, or even just a cozy corner.

Research shows that excessive screen time can lead to poor sleep, reduced attention span, and even strained relationships. 

Creating tech-free zones at home is a simple way to encourage mindfulness and strengthen family bonds. Check out some tips for setting up your own here.

Productivity Tip:
 

Try Learning Sprints

Want to learn more efficiently? Try learning sprints! Ideal for anything from languages to software tools, these sprints adapt to your goals and how much time you have.

  • For a quick overview, try a rapid learning sprint (an hour or a day). Use this to explore the topic, gather resources, and get a feel for subtopics.
  • For deeper learning, opt for a 1-week or 30-day sprint. Spend more time planning your sprint, focusing on detailed objectives and comprehensive resources.


The key is to do focused bursts of learning – like a high-intensity workout, but for your brain. You’ll make quick progress. See here for more, including tips and examples.

Routine Breakdown
 

Idris Elba, Actor

Idris Elba

“I know what feels good in my body,” award-winning actor Idris Elba told GQ. After rising at 5am, he:

  • Takes multivitamins and lion’s mane, “which is really great for the brain.”
  • Has breakfast: a ginger shot, decaf coffee, and boiled eggs. Idris says he loves the taste of coffee but quit caffeine a year ago.
  • Heads to work on his film and TV projects. On weekends, he sneaks in a swim.
  • Uses breathwork to manage stress and regulate his nervous system.

 

Why it works:

  • Research on lion’s mane supports its positive effects on the brain.
  • Decaf coffee offers a bunch of health benefits – sans jitters. Protein at breakfast keeps you satisfied for longer.
  • Breathing techniques can literally improve your life. Try some!

 

“Whenever you feel like you’re getting wound up, find a quiet corner, chill out, take 10 deep breaths – literally count to 10 on the inhale and exhale,” says Elba. “By the time you finish the ninth one, you’re already thinking about something else. Your body is resetting – it’s really magical.”

Rhiannon Bates

If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.

Steve Jobs

Wellness Tip:
 

Take a Sunrise Walk

Want to sync your biological clock, improve sleep quality, and kickstart your day with energy and alertness? Then let’s revive the lost art of sunrise walking.

Sunrises aren’t just beautiful – they’re good for you! Research shows early morning walks reduce anxiety and uplift mood. Immunity gets a boost too, with just 20 minutes increasing infection-fighting cells.

To start, wake up 30 minutes earlier for a short walk. Dress for the weather, keep your phone silent, and gradually make it a regular habit. Embrace this simple practice and feel the difference yourself.

Productivity Tip:
 

Create a Vision Board

Have you ever made a vision board? It’s a canvas where you stick words or images that represent your goals. Research suggests they can potentially help us realize those goals. 

Says Rhiannon Bates, who shared her routine with us below: “Your vision board should help to keep you motivated, containing the things you really want and are working towards. By really visualizing your goals, you give them power, and you are training your unconscious brain to believe they have already happened.”

Put your vision board where you’ll see it daily. “The world really is your oyster,” says Rhiannon. “Think big, this is your chance to dream.”

Routine Breakdown
 

Rhiannon Bates, Founder of Garnet PR Ltd, Business Growth Mentor & Visibility Coach

Rhiannon Bates

Rhiannon’s mornings are shaped around a set of “mindset tools” that keep her “happier, calmer, more confident” even in life’s hectic moments. These are:

  • 3-5 gratitudes. “Twice a day (morning/evening), I write out and reflect on the things I feel grateful for that day. When you focus on feeling grateful, the way you approach everything changes.”
  • 3-5 focuses. “A vision board helps here⁠⁠. I also include a ‘word of the day’, for example, focus, clarity, confidence… This helps me step into who I am that day.” 
  • 5 affirmations. “These are powerful ‘I Am’ statements. When practiced regularly, they can make lasting, long-term changes to the way that you think and feel.” 
  • Journaling. “Journaling helps to harness the power of your mind and control your thoughts, as opposed to your thoughts controlling you. It helps you prioritize problems, goals, and tasks and get them out of your head.”

 

Why it works:

  • Science agrees: being grateful supports greater health, happiness, and wisdom.
  • Singling out your priorities keeps you on track for what’s important, while a vision board can keep them visible.
  • Empirical studies show affirmations can lower stress, boost wellbeing, and more.
  • Journaling really is great for mental health.

 

Have you tried daily affirmations? Says Rhiannon, “I recommend putting aside some time and writing down around 15-30 affirmations you love, then using these as a pool to pull from each day. Have a go!”