June 17, 2019
The full morning routines of 11 highly successful people (7 habits to follow)
How you start your morning can have huge impact on the rest of your workday. Get a good start on your day and you will most likely be more positive and more productive throughout the day. However, get a bad start and you might not be able to perform at your best.
Therefore, it is no wonder that many of the most successful business people focus on getting a good start on the day. But how do they actually get good start each day to maximize their productivity and reach their goals? By following a morning routine each day which includes different habits.
Let’s take a closer look at what 11 of the most successful business people do upon waking up in the morning, to find out what we can learn from their morning routines.
Morning routines of 11 highly successful people
Tony Robbins (author, speaker, life coach and self-help guru)
Tony Robbins begins the day with a morning routine to boost his energy and productive levels. It includes a hot-cold combo, which consists of moving between a hot sauna and a cold pool.
He also makes use of what he refers to as “priming” – a 10-minute ritual where he meditates and visualizes his goals for the day. To make sure he starts the day with a positive mindset, he spends 3 minutes to think about pure gratitude, but also focuses on outcomes and results he is committed to up to 6 months out.
Oprah (media executive, actress, talk show host and television producer)
Like Tony, Oprah also meditates in her morning routine. She meditates for 20 minutes each morning to fill her with hope, contentment and joy.
Then she exercises on a treadmill for around 15 minutes to improve her productivity and energy, before preparing a nice healthy meal to fuel her for the day. Often the meal includes complex carbohydrates, digestible fiber and protein.
Barack Obama (former president of the United States)
One very important thing for Barack Obama is staying active. He wakes up two hours before the first event he has that day and workout for 45 minutes to get energized and ready for the day.
After the workout, Barack refuels by eating a healthy breakfast. He also makes it a priority to avoid coffee and criticism from media to keep a positive mindset.
Howard Shultz (former CEO of Starbucks)
The day starts early for Howard Schultz. He wakes up at 4.30 am and gets going with the day right away.
After waking up, he walks his dogs and workout to get energy to tackle the day and become more productive.
Joe Rogan (comedian, MMA commentator, podcast host and actor)
Although he might not be associated with it, Joe Rogan is a bit of a health enthusiast, as his morning routine shows.
The first thing in the routine is fasted cardio (running) or fasted yoga, to help him wake up his body and get going. After the workout, it is not breakfast time as for most people. Joe practices intermittent fasting to help with brain function and focus in the beginning of the day.
However, he makes sure to hydrate well with water, to which he ads vitamins and minerals in the form Himalayan sea salt.
Richard Branson (business magnate, investor, author and founder of Virgin Group)
Just like Howard Schultz, Richard Branson starts the day early. But he also focuses on being healthy as Joe Rogan does.
After getting out of bed, he moves on to doing some form of exercise. This could be either a swim, surfing or playing tennis with his buddy, depending on where he is and the weather conditions.
When he is done exercising, he returns home to eat a healthy breakfast before continuing with his day.
Dwayne “the rock” Johnson (actor, producer and wrestler)
Many know The Rock as a very energetic person in public, so it may come to a surprise how early he starts the day. However it might not be a big surprise that he is extremely active, when looking at his physique.
The Rock wakes up at 4 am., but does not wait with consuming anything, given his high activity levels. Immediately he drinks a caffeinated beverage and moves on to his first exercise routine of the day. At 4.30 am. he does a cardio workout to get going.
After cardio, he returns home to eat breakfast with his family (a healthy one, if you know his eating habits). When family breakfast time is over and his children have been sent to school, the second exercise routine awaits. This time he does a strength workout for about and hour and then he is primed to tackle the rest of the day.
Mark Cuban (founder of MicroSolutions, owner of Dallas Mavericks, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment, tv personality and investor)
Being another early riser, Mark wakes up at 6.30 am. However, unlike many of the other successful people he starts the day by going through emails.
The reason for going through emails in the morning is to get the most stressfull thing out of the day first, so everything else seem a lot more manageable.
When the stressful emails have been dealt with, Mark continues his morning with eating breakfast and listening to news, in order to catch up on anything that might affect his businesses.
Elon Musk (technology entrepreneur, investor, and founder and CEO of Tesla and Space X)
Elon Musk is not an early riser compared to some other business people, as he wakes up at 7 am. However, he goes to bed very late and might get as little (or as much) sleep as the guys waking up early.
But just like Mark Cuban, he makes sure to address what he calls “critical emails” first thing in the morning for half an hour, when he is the most productive.
Elon continues to drink his coffee and eat a small breakfast, if he has time. Yet, most days he is too busy for breakfast. These days he utilizes fasting, as it fits with his busy schedule.
Tim Ferriss (author and podcaster)
Tim Ferris has interviewed many successful people during his book writing and podcasting. Partly, these learnings have formed his own morning habits to make for a complete morning routine, made up of the very best advices.
The morning begins with 20 minutes of meditation to practice mindfulness and proactiveness. Next, he drinks a cup of strong mixed black and green tea to wake him up and get his metabolism fired up.
Tim will then spend 5 minutes journaling to clear his thoughts, and use 5 minutes to prime himself in order to identify priorities and feel gratitude.
Finally, he exercises for around 30 minutes and does mobility work to get his body going for the day.
Jack Dorsey (founder and CEO of Twitter)
Jack Dorsey uses several morning habits that others also use.
He wakes up early at 5.30 am. and jumps in a hot-cold bath routine, which kick-starts the body and the heart. However, he makes himself even more ready for the day by meditating and working out to maximize his productivity.
Exercising doesn’t stop when the workout stops though. Jack continues to keep his body and mind going by commuting to work by foot in the fresh air.
7 morning habits of successful people to include in your own routine
Now that we know how these successful people start their day, we can get ideas that could help us get the best morning routine.
These are 7 common morning habits that many incorporate in their routines to get a good start each morning and get a successful day:
- Energize yourself – this can be done in many ways such as working out, jumping in and out of a hot/cold shower, drinking caffeine or the like to wake up and get going.
- Wake up early – to beat the competition and get ahead start of the day (but remember to still get enough sleep!).
- Positive affirmations and visualization – saying things such as “I will become successful” or “I will finish this book” and visualizing what you will be doing for the day creates a vision and direction for the day.
- Gratefulness and gratitude – spending some time each morning being grateful about your life will result in a positive mindset, positivity and success will mesh with you, and positive is the foundation of a great day.
- Meditation – meditating can give you a sense of peacefulness, a clear state of mind, a moment of bliss and make you become more focused each day.
- Eat the frog – take care of the most stressful work in the morning when you are most fresh, and nothing else during the day will seem as difficult to deal with.
- Healthy breakfast – take care of your body with a healthy breakfast full of nutrients to get the energy to tackle the daily tasks.
Make your own morning routine
As it shows, most successful people all have a ritual and by creating your own empowering morning routine, you will most likely have better days. Increased productivity, a positive mindset, gratitude, better focus and more energy are some of the things you could experience.
So, if you want to do your best at work and be more productive, you might want to incorporate some of the morning habits of these highly successful people.
Another thing to keep in mind is the old sating; “If you can win the morning, you can win the day”.
Now it is up to you to find out what works best for your body, mind and lifestyle.