From running empires to building their own brand, there’s a lot to admire in the famously successful people we see working hard towards success. Sometimes we wonder how they have enough time in the day to do it all. There’s a lot to be said about how most of them start their day and keep a personal routine to stay on track of their goals.
Here are ten successful people and their morning routines that lead them to success.
1. Tim Cook
Wakes up: 3:45 AM
Apple CEO Tim Cook is one of many who follow a strict, early morning routine. In an Axios interview, he revealed that he starts the day before 4AM, waking up around 3:45 in the morning.
He spends the first hour of the morning checking his email and reading comments about Apple products, so that he can feel connected to how he can understand users. Sometimes he has up to 800 emails, but he’s a “workaholic” who takes the time to read a majority of those emails.
Then he makes time to get in exercise as early as 5:00 AM. He makes this a priority for himself, like many other celebrities. Cook has even said he uses his Apple Watch to track his activity, which has helped him stay in shape.
Wakes up: 7:16 to 7:23 AM
Oprah says she wakes up like clockwork, between 7:16 and 7:23 AM. She says in an interview that she gets at least five and a half hours of sleep, otherwise she notices that she starts to lack focus and feel less sharp.
The business woman also says she doesn’t use alarm clocks because they make her agitated. She wakes up in silence which she said allows her to focus and pay attention to herself and her surroundings.
Oprah says she starts her morning with meditation, then goes to the treadmill for at least fifteen minutes. Which improves her productivity and energy levels.
Then she spends some quality time in the morning to relax, either going for a walk, listening to music or preparing a healthy breakfast.
Wakes up: 8:00 AM
If he hasn’t pulled an all-nighter, Zuckerberg gets up at 8 AM everyday and makes efficiency a big part of his morning.
He checks Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp first thing in the morning before going for a workout or a run, which he does about three times a week.
He does his best to avoid wasting time on making small decisions in the morning. He wears the same work outfit – the same t-shirt- and doesn’t spend time deciding on an outfit. He isn’t picky about what he eats for breakfast so that he doesn’t have to think about it.
Wakes up: 4:30 AM
Former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink has made his brand with his podcast, where he shares his tips and practices on discipline and motivation.
Willink wakes up early at 4:30 AM and he uses three alarms. He usually only needs the one, but the other two are safeguards to ensure that he gets up in time. Everyday he takes a photo of his wristwatch to show his Twitter followers what time he’s beginning the day. His following both holds himself accountable as well as inspires others with his routine.
Then Willink works out for about an hour in his garage. He does strength workouts and includes cardio to his regime, and finishes around 6:00 AM. After that, he might find the time to go to the beach near his San Diego home to swim or surf.
Wakes up: 5:00 AM
Bedros Keuilian is founder and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp and successful entrepreneur.
Keuilian wakes up at 5 AM every day of the week, even on weekends. He claims that the consistency helps his body adjust. He is adamant about not hitting the snooze button. For Keuilian, he values getting extra time to accomplish his goals rather than get 10 minutes of extra, low-quality sleep. Ignoring the snooze starts off your day with a bigger win.
As soon as he’s up, he takes a shower, drinks water, and starts his coffee. He claims to practice a five-minute gratitude exercise before he starts his day
He gets to his work station and maps out a to-do list ahead of his mornings. He makes sure to work on things that are most important first; for Keuilian, those are the things that make money like sales, copy, email broadcasts, and social media.
Keuilian keeps his phone on silent so that he doesn’t get distracted. It keeps him from wasting time on social media. Around 10:00 AM he trains and works out, listens to music, and still keeps his phone on silent to enjoy undistracted, quality time.
6. Jack Dorsey
Wakes up: 5:30 AM
Co-founder of Twitter and Square, Jack Dorsey has some interesting morning routine habits.
For the past 20 years, he has practiced meditating both in the morning and in the evening for at least an hour. Even if he only has time for 10 minutes, Dorsey aims to get that in his day.
Then he walks to work- for five miles. If he isn’t walking to work, he gets in some kind of workout.
Another thing that Dorsey says he sometimes does is have an ice-cold bath in the morning. Going from a warm bed straight into a freezing bath gives him mental confidence, “unlocks this thing in [his] mind and [he] feel like if [he] can will [himself] to do that thing that seems so small but hurts so much, [he] can do nearly anything.”
Submerging yourself in ice-cold water redirects blood flow, reduces inflammation and can improve recovery by changing the way blood and fluids flow through your body.
7. Barack Obama
Wakes up: before 7:00 AM
Former American President Barack Obama has followed a routine since he was in office. In spite of being a night owl, he makes it a habit to wake up early enough to spend time with his family and also get things done.
While running the country, he spent late nights working, planning, and writing. But the former president made sure to get around 5 to 7 hours of sleep a night. He starts his day at 6:45 AM with a workout first thing in the morning, with either weights or cardio. His work out was a strict part of his routine- 45 minutes, 6 days of the week.
Afterwards he would spend time with his family, eating breakfast. According to his personal aide Reggie Love, Obama rarely drank coffee and instead went for orange juice, green tea or water. He started his work day in the office around 9:00 AM, where he would work until late.
8. Bill Gates
Wakes up: around 7:00 AM.
Philanthropist and founder of Microsoft Bill Gates follows his own routines. He makes sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night, and wakes up around 7:00 AM every day. This is a big shift from the past when he was building Microsoft and frequently pulled all-nighters and never got 8 hours of sleep a night. Now he makes sure to prioritize his sleep for his productivity and wellbeing.
Gates spends an hour on the treadmill before starting his day while watching educational videos
He also makes a habit to check the headlines every morning from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist. When he has time, he shares his thoughts on his blog or on Twitter.
9. Jeff Bezos
Wakes up: 5:00 AM
Amazon founder and billionair Jeff Bezos goes to bed early and wakes up early to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
Bezos likes to “putter” in the morning when he takes time for himself. He spends his mornings eating breakfast with his family, reading the newspaper, and having coffee. He enjoys this down time in the morning before work as time for his mind to wander and be creative.
When Jeff Bezos gets to work, he devotes his most high-priority tasks and meetings as his first tasks. He starts his first meeting at 10:00 AM because those require the most energy and brain power. He does this so that he doesn’t make poor decisions due to fatigue or being distracted. After all, he has an empire to run.
Wakes up: 4:00 AM
The Rock is disciplined and sticks to a strict routine. He gets about 3 to 5 hours of sleep a night, and has admitted that sometimes his sleep schedule isn’t always consistent. However, he has the morning to orient himself so that he can be centered, and be able to work up to 10+ hours in the day.
When he’s up that early, he enjoys the quiet hours of the morning to plan his day, meditate, and work out.
He wakes up at 4:00 AM and immediately starts his workout routine, which he does 6 days out of the week. He goes on a run for 30 to 50 minutes before he even starts to eat breakfast.
After his first meal, he gets back to the gym. Johnson is extremely committed to his workouts.
Who’s morning routine do you think you would most be able to follow?
Are you like Oprah who doesn’t like to wake up to an alarm that agitates you? Or more like Jocko who sets at least three alarms to ensure that he’s up to power through the day?
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