Whether it's getting up at 4 a.m. or going to bed at dawn, entrepreneurs have their own trusted productivity rituals. Several CEOs of 2018 Inc. 5000 companies share their productivity secrets here:

  1. "Do everything you can to avoid meetings. Most meetings are called not out of necessity but out of laziness. You can either solve the problem now over email or Slack, or you can postpone it and take 30 seconds to set up a meeting and say, eh, I'll figure it out then," says Barnett, the founder of the Boulder, Colorado-based phone accessories maker. --David Barnett, PopSockets, No. 2 on the Inc. 5000.
  2.  "Start your morning with a workout." Despite the grind that comes with running The Garrett Companies in Greenwood, Indiana, which booked $82 million in 2017 revenue, the real estate developer CEO still makes time to work out. Many studies show working out has a direct link to mood improvement and good health. Garrett's routine starts every day--even on the weekends--at 5:30 a.m. --Eric Garrett, The Garrett Companies, No. 10 on the Inc. 5000.
  3.  "One of the things we try to tell everyone is never leave the office unless you've got a plan for the next day. People in our company don't come in and chit-chat. They get to work because they're prepared," says Mark Gallagher, a Chicago-based biotechnology company founder. It helps, Gallagher adds, that "you're not wasting time as far as what you're going to do first, second, and third." --Mark Gallagher, GForce Life Sciences, No. 8 on the Inc. 5000.