Looking to kick-start your day with a bang? What better way to do it than by mirroring a successful person’s morning routine?
If you ask any successful person about their habits, they’ll tell you that morning is the most important part of the day. How you start your day sets the tone for everything that follows. If you get your day started on the right foot, you can almost guarantee that the rest of your day will be amazing.
Get off to the wrong start, however, and this could be another horror show where nothing goes right.
We all have different morning routines. Some of us stumble out of bed 30 minutes later than planned, others can’t focus until we’ve spent an hour watching the news and browsing social media, while some of us start with a shower before rifling through a to-do list.
There isn’t really a morning routine that works better than any others. What works for one person might not work for someone else. But if you feel as though your morning routine is really handicapping you right now, let’s take a look at 10 inspiring morning routines from famous, successful people.
Not too long before his premature death to pancreatic cancer, Steve Jobs gave a commencement address at Stanford University, in which he outlined one of his key motivation tactics:
“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.”
It’s a powerful question to ask each morning, and one which you can easily add to your morning routine. If you can’t get excited for the day ahead, how are you going to be able to rise to the challenges?
Actress Jennifer Aniston is a role model for many women, and many of us could certainly learn a lot from her morning routine. She wakes up each morning at 4.30am, before drinking warm water with lemon. Then, she washes her face before meditating for around twenty minutes.
It’s then time for a protein shake loaded with collagen to protect her skin, before she hooks up with her personal trainer.
Czech writer Franz Kafka became famous for his darkly existential stories of madness and paranoia.
Unfortunately for him, he had to work in full-time employment to supplement the meagre earnings from his own books.
So, each day he would start work at the Workers’ Accident Insurance Institute at half-past eight in the morning, before returning home to sleep until 7.30pm. After eating dinner with his family and exercising, he would finally begin work on his own writing at 11pm and didn’t stop until 2am.
Ron Friedman is a business founder and author who has the following advice:
“Ask yourself this question the moment you sit at your desk: The day is over and I am leaving the office with a tremendous sense of achievement. What have I achieved.”
Of course, when you first arrive at the office in the morning, you haven’t achieved much yet (though getting to work on time is an achievement in itself for some of us!). But by visualising what you’d make you feel awesome if you achieved it, you’re motivating yourself to go ahead and actually achieve it.
Think about what would give you a great sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. What will make you feel as though today was a job well done?
Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s routine is certainly not going to be for everyone, as it centres largely on copious amounts of food and drink.
Churchill would wake up at 7.30am, but wouldn’t actually get out of bed until 11am. During this window of time he would eat his breakfast, read newspapers, and discuss plans with his secretaries.
Once out of bed, he would take a bath.
For some of you, including such a divisive political figure as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is a bit controversial. But for all the storm of controversy politicians entangle themselves in because of their decisions, some of them have been arguably history’s most charismatic, inspiring and successful people.
And if she was nothing else, Margaret Thatcher was a born leader whose habits are well worth taking note of.
Thatcher claimed to be a short sleeper, which probably meant that she slept for no more than 5 hours a night. Her political meetings often continued well into the night, but she still woke up most mornings at 5am to get her day started with a spot of radio listening. Her radio show of choice? A BBC broadcast about farming.
Anna Wintour works as the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, and wakes up around 5am. By 6.45am, she’s already been on the tennis court for an hour!
Then, she usually gets her hair styled before arriving at work for 9am.
One of the founding fathers of the USA, Benjamin Franklin was a true Renaissance Man in the spirit of Leonardo. He was a political theorist, an author, a printer, an inventor, a politician – and much much more.
To be so good at so many different things, Franklin knew he had to nail his morning routine. So, each night he drafted a to-do list which included a morning routine that lasted from 5am – 7am. Included in the routine was an address to “Powerful Goodness”, as well as a plan for the rest of his day.
He also asked himself the question, “what good shall I do today?”
You might know Tony Robbins. He’s the self-help guru whose self-improvement are international best-sellers. But is he any good at following his own advice?
Turns out he is. When he was falling short of his own standards, he knew his morning routine had to change. These days he engages in what he calls an “Hour of Power”, which includes listening to and reading motivational videos and quotes.
P.G. Wodehouse was an author and humorist, who woke up most days at 7.30am. Once out of bed, Wodehouse would head to the back porch, where he would indulge in his daily dozen calisthenics. Then, he’d make breakfast before reading a quick breakfast book, usually an adventure novel.
He would also write every morning, often bashing out a few ideas in pencil.