How you start the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. That’s why most leaders and highly influential people have morning rituals that boost their energy, productivity, and focus throughout the day.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t use our mornings wisely.
Whether it’s hitting the snooze button a bunch of times or not eating breakfast, we’ve formed bad habits in how we start the day.
I’ve read multiple research studies which show the morning hours are actually the most criticial and useful hours of the day.
These studies made me wonder, “What do successful people do in the morning?”
To answer this question I did some digging/research and came up with some excellent examples of the morning routines of the super successful. Here’s what I found…
Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple
Steve Jobs once 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 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.”
Howard Shultz, CEO of Starbucks
Believe it or not, the CEO of Starbucks doesn’t drink coffee first thing in the morning. According to Business Insider, Schultz starts his day with a workout. He usually goes for a bike ride with his wife, but still gets to his office by 6:00 A.M. I’m sure he has one of his five cups a day shortly after he gets to the office.
David Karp, Founder of Tumblr
Do you check your email first thing in the morning? David Karp doesn’t. He refuses to check his email until he gets to his office.
“I try hard not to check e-mails until I get to the office, which is usually between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Reading e-mails at home never feels good or productive. If something urgently needs my attention, someone will call or text me.”
John Paul DeJoria, CoFounder of Patrón tequila and Paul Mitchell
John Paul spends the first five minutes every day doing the same thing…
“Doesn’t matter where I’m at, which home I’m in, or what hotel room I’m visiting,” he says. “The very second I wake up, I stay in bed for about five minutes and just be.”
During this time he tries to be present, and reflect on what he has, and just be grateful.
Benjamin Franklin, One of the Founding Fathers of The United States
What time do you wake up? Every day Benjamin Franklin would wake up at 5:00 A.M, address Powerful Goodness, then plan the rest of his day, and eat breakfast. He would then start work at 7:00 A.M.
Robert Iger, CEO of Disney
Iger is an early riser. He once told the New York Times…
“I get up very early and I get to work early. I get up at 4:30 every morning. I like the quiet time. It’s a time I can recharge my batteries a bit. I exercise and I clear my head and I catch up on the world. I read papers. I look at e-mail. I surf the Web. I watch a little TV, all at the same time. I call it my quiet time but I’m already multitasking. I love listening to music, so I’ll do that in the morning, too, when I’m exercising and watching the news.”
Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
Warren Buffett NBC News that he reads six newspapers in the morning. He usually reads the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times, USA Today, the Omaha World-Herald, and the American Banker in the mornings. This keeps him informed on the business world and keeps his mind sharp.
How do you spend your morning hours? What can you do to improve your morning routine?