10 Morning Routines of Successful People

7 Min Read | By Brett Janes

Last Modified 22 July 2022   First Added 26 February 2015

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Did you know that positive thinking, setting goals, and having an achievement conscious morning routine can dramatically affect your life and success?

A strong morning routine can help you start your day with great energy and confidence. Highly successful people already know this. And after reading this guide, you will be able to take advantage of your mornings to reach your goals, have the courage to try new things and ultimately be the best version of yourself. We will look at…

  • What’s the best time to wake up to maximise productivity?
  • How to boost natural energy before work
  • Morning routines of successful people

Habits of successful people to start your day

Everyone has their own definition of success. For some people, it’s getting the kids to school on time, waking up before 9 am, or maybe even getting a promotion at work. No matter what you’re trying to achieve, a goal big or small, here we have put together a list of habits you can start your day with for a triumphant day.

1. Up and at ‘em! Wake up 1 hour early

When you allow yourself an extra hour per day, you can increase your time and potential by tenfold. You’ll begin to come up with fresh ideas and begin acting on the things you’ve been putting off, according to Dr Benjamin Hardy, PhD organisational psychologist.

2. Pick up a pen and paper

Visualise your goals each morning and write them down. This way you can plan and reflect. How many times have you said to yourself that you’re going to do something and completely gotten carried away by the day? We have all done it. Even two minutes of visualisation and positive thinking, according to research, can enhance your mood and lucidity for the rest of the day.

3. Relax and enjoy breakfast

One of the most frequently reported habits of successful people is relaxing – whether through meditation, simply avoiding distractions or sitting down for breakfast. Make it a priority in the morning, so that you feel energised and ready to seize the day.

4. Read

“Read as much as you possibly can. Nothing will help you as much as reading” says the highly successful billionaire author, J.K. Rowling. Whether you read a newspaper, a book, or an online article, after you have finished your breakfast, take some time to read. As reading is a way of educating yourself.

5. Act on your goals

And finally on the list of morning habits for success, is acting on the goals that you have written down during the visualisation step. A plan is little more than potential if it isn’t put into action.

What's the best time to wake up to maximise productivity?

4 a.m. Early risers report superior productivity, wages, and quality of life than late sleepers, according to surveys done by Amerisleep. They reported, “those who managed to get out of bed at 4 a.m. –before the sun typically comes up – were highly productive 71 per cent of the time.” The least productive days began around 11 a.m., with only 36% of those who were late risers finding high output levels. Therefore, could the key to success be an early start? Why don’t you put it to the test tomorrow and wake up an hour earlier than usual?

How to Wake Up Early

How to boost natural energy before work

In the mornings when we feel tired and sluggish when even a cup of coffee doesn’t help, there are a few things we can do to boost our natural energy according to Healthline:

  • Set two alarms 90 minutes apart
  • Ensure you are hydrated
  • Take a cold shower
  • Eat breakfast
  • Don’t eat sugar until noon
  • Don’t rely on caffeine
  • Be active
  • Alleviate stress
  • Plan excitement in your day
  • Practise good sleep hygiene

How do 10 successful entrepreneurs start their day?

Let’s look at 10 morning routines of well-known successful entrepreneurs, what they have achieved in life and their net worth according to Forbes Billionaires List and The Times Rich List.

1. Mark Zuckerberg – Creator of Facebook

At the age of 19, Zuckerberg founded Facebook at Harvard University in 2004 as a way for students to match names with images of friends. His net worth now in 2022 is 76.8 billion USD. Zuckerberg’s morning ritual includes rising at 8 am and immediately checking his social media on his mobile phone. After this, he prefers to exercise (three times a week) and sometimes likes to take his dog Beast on a walk.

2. Richard Branson – Founder of the Virgin Group

Richard Branson’s riches are owed to a group of companies known as “Virgin,” including Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Galactic. His net worth in 2022 is 5 billion USD. He gets up at 5 a.m. every day, like many other entrepreneurs, and spends the morning with his family and exercising before getting down to business. He says he spends roughly 40 minutes in the morning lifting weights to stay fit.

3. Jack Dorsey – Co-founder of Twitter and Square

Jack Patrick Dorsey is a highly successful entrepreneur as the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter as well as the founder and CEO of Block, Inc., a financial payments company. His net worth in 2022 is 7.4 billion USD. Every morning, Jack Dorsey gets up at 5 a.m. He spends the first few hours of each day on “personal care,” which includes a 60-minute meditation, a 6-mile run, and an ice bath to kickstart his system.

4. Lord Alan Sugar – Host of The Apprentice and business mogul

Lord Sugar began selling electric items out of a £50 van after leaving school in Hackney at the age of 16. He created Amstrad in 1968 and currently (2021) has a net worth of 1.2 billion GBP. You’ll most probably recognise him from hosting the BBC One’s The Apprentice. He kicks starts his day with a 50-mile ride through the Essex countryside, when not on his way to The Apprentice boardroom at 5 am. Can you cycle your way to success?

5. Tory Burch – Fashion designer of the famous Reva ballet flat and CEO of Tory Burch LLC

Tory Burch began designing clothes in her kitchen. Before long, she had an important celebrity endorsement and soaring sales figures. In 2021, her estimated net worth is 900 million USD. She’s come a long way since designing clothes in her kitchen. Every morning Tory Burch checks the news and heads to the gym to allow herself to feel energised and fresh.

6. Peter Jones – Investor on Dragon’s Den

According to the Sunday Times Rich List in 2021, Jones is worth an estimated 1.157 billion GBP. He’s a British entrepreneur, businessman and reality television personality on Dragon’s Den. He says, “I had decided I was going to be a millionaire by the time I was a teenager.” Clearly, he’s been visualising his goals. Jones’s morning ritual includes a shower, shave, and a bowl of cereal, all within 20 minutes, before grabbing a cappuccino and checking sales figures on his way to work.

7. Tim Armstrong – Chairman and CEO of AOL

Tim Armstrong is an American businessman successful from being the chairman and CEO of AOL. His net worth is 450 million USD. Tim Armstrong gets up so early that he must restrain himself from sending emails and disrupting other people’s morning routines. He’s an early bird and gets up at 5 am to fit in some reading and a workout before testing products and firing off work emails.

8. Simon Cowell – The X Factor creator and judge

Following considerable success in the UK music industry as a record producer, talent scout, and consultant in the 1980s and 1990s, Cowell rose to public notoriety as a judge on Pop Idol in 2001 and is now widely known for being a judge on The X Factor. His net worth is 600 million USD (2021). Simon Cowell’s recent morning ritual includes 150 push-ups to keep himself fit and healthy.

9. Arianna Huffington – Founder of the Huffington Post

Arianna Huffington’s goal was to start an alternative news platform. As a result, she co-founded the Huffington Post with Kenneth Lerer, Jonah Peretti, and Andrew Breitbart in 2005. Now in 2022, her net worth is 100 million USD. She gets lots of beauty sleep and starts every morning with 30 minutes of meditation. She’s so convinced of the benefits she offers weekly classes to her employees.

10. Indra Nooyi – CEO of PepsiCo

Indra Nooyi is an American corporate leader and entrepreneur. She is PepsiCo’s previous and most well-known Chief Executive Officer. She was named #13 on Forbes‘ list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2014. In 2021, her net worth was recorded as 290 million USD. In the morning she wakes up as early as 4 am and is in the office no later than 7 am. Success waits for no one.

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