“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.”- Aristotle
Whether you have to drag yourself out of bed or are awake and wide eyed before your alarm clock goes off, the way you start your morning helps direct the rest of your day and ultimately your life! Have you wondered how successful people are able to maximize the same 24 hours that we mere mortals all have? They have mastered their time and know the importance of tackling their day with consistent morning routines.
Instead of reacting to the day, they are proactive in designing their day around executing tasks that will help them perform at their peak.
The good news is we can also enjoy the success these people have by crafting morning routines specific to our goals that will help us maximize our day!
So just how do the world’s most successful people start their day?
President Barack Obama Begins his mornings with a combination of strength training and cardio. To maximize his energy he opts for green tea, water or orange juice instead of coffee. Before tackling the job of running the US he is sure to start off with his morning routine.
Mark Zuckerberg usually rises at 8am and starts his day by eliminating unnecessary decision making. He is known for wearing the same grey shirt to avoid wasting time on choosing what to wear.
Oprah Winfrey begins her day seeking clarity through at least 20 minutes of meditation.
Martha Stewart wakes up every morning between 4:30 am and 5:00 am and checks her businesses online and briefly scans through the New York Times. She is sure to get a workout in, typically yoga. Martha says. “Working out in the morning can leave you invigorated to start the day.” She then has a healthy breakfast to go with her morning workout.
Ariana Huffington starts each morning with deep breaths and a sense of gratitude for the new day. After typically getting 8 hours of sleep per night she awakens feeling refreshed and seldom needs an alarm clock. She avoids starting her mornings by checking her smartphone. She includes mediation and workouts as a part of her morning. Her morning routine has been so effective for her that she encourages her team to adopt it by offering classes to them!
Mark Twain “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day.” This advice encourages us to tackle our biggest or most daunting task first thing in the day. This can help combat procrastination and feelings of dread from lingering through your day.
Steve Jobs began each morning evaluating the direction his life was going. In his commencement address he gave at Stanford in 2005, he stated, ” For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Jack Dorsey’s morning routine consists of waking up at 5am and meditating for 30 mins. He then does exercise before grabbing some caffeine to tackle the world of Twitter and Square. Dorsey states he depends on routines to help him balance his busy days as CEO of two companies.
Gary Vaynerchuck “For me every minute counts, so my schedule is planned down to the second.” Gary wakes up at 6 am every morning and immediately digests a bulk of information from his smart phone. He has a 45 minute workout and before spending time with is family and heading to his first meeting at 9am.
So there you have it! Its apparent from these examples that everyones morning ritual is unique. I encourage you to come up with one that will set you up to have a productive day!
For years I would wake up and instinctively check my social media accounts to get my fix on what happened in the world while I slept. my mornings had no true structure so I never really felt like I was making progress on my goals and maximizing time. On the random days that I mustered the energy to read a chapter from a book, work out in the morning or eat an energizing breakfast I realized how good I felt. This encouraged me to form a routine so that I could feel this way EVERY morning. I noticed a surge of productivity and even when things didn’t go as planned during the day, I was content knowing I completed my most important tasks early on.
Here’s what my morning routine looks like:
*Wake up at 4am
*Read bible/ pray
*List goals for the day and prioritize them
*Spend time with my husband
*Get ready for work which starts at 6:30 am (I listen to a motivational message on the way to work)
We do not achieve success by luck but instead by consistently training ourselves to execute tasks to help us reach our goals. Studies have shown that our willpower is highest in the morning, so why not take advantage of it before our day gets away from us.
What do your morning routines look like? I’d love to hear from you!