Henri Pierre Jacques, managing partner of Harlem Capital Partners

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No matter your life’s work, abiding by a set morning routine can improve your productivity and bring focus to the rest of your day.

By the time Harlem Capital cofounder and managing partner Henri Pierre-Jacques gets out of bed, he’s already listened to two podcasts, read his daily newsletters, checked social media, and responded to team messages and emails. 

This burst of productivity makes the first 30 to 45 minutes of his morning his favorite part of the day, he wrote in a tweet. 

“Doing it in bed gives it a more casual feel,” he told Insider. “I can listen to my podcasts, get my updates on what’s happening from a news perspective while also reading my emails, Slack, and social media.”

Pierre-Jacques cofounded Harlem Capital, a venture firm in New York City with a mission to invest in 1,000 diverse entrepreneurs in 20 years. The firm has invested in startups such as Expectful, Beauty Bakerie, and Malomo. Pierre-Jacques earned his MBA from the Harvard School of Business and before entering venture capital, he was an investment banker at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  

He walked us through his morning routine, the podcasts he listens to, and how he prioritizes emails and social media. 

He wakes up at least one hour before his first meeting is scheduled 

This prepares him for the day ahead so he’s not frantic by the time he gets to his computer to begin work. “I can get on my first call and not be concerned that I need to be responding to my team or to emails. I like that peace of mind,” Pierre-Jacques said. 

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Once he’s out of bed, he likes to take his time getting ready and eating his breakfast. 

He checks Facebook and LinkedIn for birthdays and life events

Harlem Capital’s team members are “pretty heavy social media users,” Pierre-Jacques said. Though it serves an important business function at the firm, he has a more personal use for it in the mornings.

“It’s really important to be updated on people’s lives,” he said. “The only reason I really check Facebook every day is because I want to see if it’s anybody’s birthday.” 

After sending birthday wishes, he’ll check LinkedIn to see if any friends or peers have gotten promoted or if the firm’s limited partners have done a deal recently. He prefers to send a congratulatory text because it’s more intimate than an email. 

“Human relationship is really important,” he said. “It goes a long way today because a lot of people don’t do it or they will comment on LinkedIn or Facebook, but people actually appreciate the text or the call and it does, over time, deepen your relationship.” 

He listens to podcasts and reads daily newsletters

Pierre-Jacques keeps a daily rotation of podcasts and news outlets to stay up to date on the latest in business and finance. He listens to NPR News Now, a five-minute briefing of the day’s national news, and Robinhood Snacks, a breakdown of the top three stories in financial news. Then, …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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