Also on her desk is a copy of the day's newspaper and notes for the upcoming episode.
Next, "pick an outfit," she said, showing a number of dresses hanging on her wall to choose from.
"Oh I can take my mask off I’m in my room," she laughed. "That’s a little bit of the morning drill, not much to it after all. Ok, I need Coffee-Mate."
Shortly after her behind-the-scenes tour, Kotb posted a "step 2" video on Instagram, sharing how she does her own hair for the show.
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"Ok, so the next part of the day is this thing," she shared, showing her blowdry brush. "I love this thing."
As Kotb continued to style her hair, she joked, "I call this abs and arms."
"Ok, it's getting there," modeling the near-finished hairstyle. "Usually I say it takes a pound of gel and a hammer — or this thing," she said, pointing to the dryer.
Kotb, who has continued broadcasting from the show’s studio amid the pandemic, has been waking up at 3 a.m. (rather than her usual 4:15) so she can commute into the city from her weekend home, prep for the day, mic herself and do her own hair and makeup for the show.
“It’s totally weird. I hate to say that I’m so naive, but I didn’t know how one of those big steamers worked, to steam clothes,” Kotb previously told PEOPLE. “So today all my [clothes] were in a ball. I went into the wardrobe room and I literally was steaming the place up right after I had done my hair. It’s the small things that trip you up and make you realize how much we need every single person we work with.”
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