It is nice to wake up to good mornings and start your day with a smile, a stretch, and a hot cup of coffee. On the other hand, some people are not really fond of mornings and would prefer curling up in their comforters even if it’s already 30 minutes before their office hours.
However, have you ever wondered how famous people spend their mornings? To have an idea, their morning routines helped define their success in life. From waking up early to reading/watching the morning news, these famous personalities did the following routines that may also help you with your long-term goals in life:
1. They wake up early.
For one, Oprah Winfrey wakes up around 6:00 am, and arrives in her office 30 minutes later. Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook also shared waking up early – between 4:00 am to 6:00 am — to start their day, and so are other many CEOs and top executives around the world.
Successful people usually start their day early. More so, they also value the importance of a good night’s sleep, like in the case of Sandberg. According to the Facebook COO, she switches her phone in the evening so as not to be distracted during the night.
Getting up early is also great for work-at-home individuals because they can work better in the wee hours of the morning without any interruption. Likewise, successful individuals choose to wake up early to meditate or exercise. If you are not a morning person, it may be time to reconsider your sleeping habits so you can wake up to a beautiful morning and perhaps adapt these abovementioned routines.
2. They schedule their activities for the day.
Successful people value time and avoid wasting it. That is why they tend to make the most out of their day by listing their activities daily. In the case of Huffington Post’s founder Arianna Huffington, she spends her early mornings setting her priorities for a particular day, as well as exercising.
This morning routine helps her handle her business in an organized way. Even if sometimes there can be last-minute changes, prioritizing tasks help you keep on track, focus on the important things, and makes us more productive every time.
3. They do not spend a lot of time dressing up.
Choosing a nice-looking ensemble to wear at work is one of the most important decisions a lot of people make. On the contrary, successful people do not spend too much time in their wardrobe.
In the case of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, he shared that he makes his morning routine simple yet productive by wearing the same style he is widely well-known of — a pair of jeans and a neutral-colored sweatshirt. According to Zuckerberg, he would rather spend his mental energy in making critical decisions at work rather than his personal clothing style.
You can also apply this principle to your daily life. Try simplifying your closet and choose outfits that you can easily mix and match with one another. Having a simple and organized closet can also save you money and time from choosing which outfit to wear and some may already be forgotten.
4. They give time for exercise.
Successful people never forget to exercise, whether they are into yoga, meditation, or a quick jog nearby. Nevertheless, a morning exercise helps you start up your day, and even do wonders to your brain.
Research reveals that exercising in the morning helps increase your metabolism and improve your overall well-being. If you expect to be busy during the day, avoid making excuses — make exercise a morning ritual now!
5. They eat a healthy and wholesome breakfast.
When you are in a hurry for work especially in the morning, it can be tempting to skip breakfast. However, having breakfast is important especially if you have a lot in your hands during the day.
For example, Richard Branson of the Virgin Group prefers eating fruits and muesli as breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast, including whole grains, oatmeal, and cereals, are not only healthy but also aids in proper digestion and provides energy throughout the day.
On a side note, some of these routines may not work for some people (ex. waking up early). Instead, try establishing your own morning routine like tidying up your bed then make coffee while reading the local paper. It can help set a habit, which can be a great start leading to your life goals.