There are many successful people around the world that have similar routines to this one - I’ll share some of them with you. Maybe you can gain some inspiration and help personalise your morning routine. You don’t have to follow each step exactly. Choose the best path for you.
Let’s get started.
Barack Obama: President of the United States
Family and physical fitness are two priorities in this routine - he starts his day by working out at 6:45, reads newspapers, has breakfast with his family. All very productive, positive and calming things. Then he starts his workday just before 9:00.
Steve Reinemund: Former Chairman and CEO of Pepsi
Starts his day at 5:00 AM. Runs 4 miles, followed by prayer, reading the news, and having breakfast with his children. Consistent, powerful, and reinforcing.
Michelle Gass: President of Starbucks
For the last 15 years, the coffee queen has began her day at 4:30. She gets up and goes for a run. Every. Single. Day. She believes that her morning routine has boosted not only her business success, but her happiness as well.
Steve Jobs: late CEO of Apple
Jobs spent his mornings reevaluating his work and aspirations. In a speech to the Stanford graduating class, Jobs said, “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’m 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”.
He’s not the only one to adopt this method. Benjamin Franklin asked himself every morning, “What good shall I do today?”
You could do something similar like
“If I were the best version of myself, what would I do today?”
Matt Ouimet: President and CEO of Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Formerly president of Disneyland Resort and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the current amusement park CEO wakes up early to get a head start on his day. He’s at the office by 6:00 AM when it is quiet. He responds to emails and mentally prepares himself for the day.
Jack Dorsey: Co-founder of Twitter and Square.
Wakes up every morning at 5:00 AM, meditates, and jogs 6 miles.
Arianna Huffington: unplugging evangelical, places a lot of emphasis on getting proper sleep. She puts her phone in another room before bed, and starts her mornings with 30 minutes of meditation. She even recommends it to her employees.
Bill Gates spends an hour on the treadmill, watches instructional videos to learn new things while doing so. Each night before bed, he spends an hour reading a book on a range of topics from politics to current events.
Mark Zuckerberg goes perhaps the furthest in his quest for routine, even dressing the same way and having the same breakfast every day. When asked about it in an interview, he said “I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community”.
All of these hugely successful people that we’ve heard, seen, and possibly even been affected by - they all have one thing in common - routine. They don’t waste energy figuring out how their day will start, it just starts. They’ve formed the necessary habits to remove unnecessary decisions from their mornings and nights. This leaves their day open to progress.
Some things their routines have in common are this - waking up early and meditation. Now, research does show that night owl are productive and creative. But there’s something magical about mornings. Don’t worry if you are not a morning person. Even if you do wake up a little late, make sure to have a productive start. You see, most successful people have incredibly productive mornings. All of these people have consistent, yet flexible, routines.
Some of these ideas may sync well with your new game plan, so take your favorite once and try them out. Make your mornings powerful and your nights relaxing.
Don’t worry too much in the nights or spend several hours with mobile phones or laptops. The day is done. It’s over. You did what you did, and you didn’t do what you didn’t do. There’s no changing it. Learn from today, make a short plan for tomorrow, and relax completely.
Sometimes your evenings may not be consistent - you’ll have to work late or have unexpected guests. But you can surely spare 15 minutes to plan tomorrow, power down your phone, take a few deep breaths, and go to bed.
Keep it simple.