How Pfizer’s Ellen Gerstein navigates the workday

This industry leader stays on top of her priorities with a 5 a.m. wakeup time, two or three cups of coffee and tools like RivalIQ.

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Starting the day off with exercise can jump-start productivity.

It allows you to notch a small victory for yourself and work on personal health goals while staying on top of a busy work schedule. For Ellen Gerstein, senior director of content and employee engagement at Pfizer, that means waking up at 5 a.m. to hit the gym.

We sat down with her to talk a bit about the other ways she maintains a work-life balance, tools she uses to aid her many endeavors, and her outlook on the future of communications.

Here’s what she had to say:

Generally about 5 a.m. If I don’t get a workout in then, odds are very poor that I will have a chance or the inclination later in the day.

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