The morning routines of successful people

January 10th, 2020

Make a big change to your life and your business in 2020 and beyond, by adopting some of these routines and habits that successful entrepreneurs swear by…

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Waking up early – really early

Highly successful people including Apple CEO Tim Cook, TV legend Oprah Winfrey, Virgin Group chairperson Richard Branson and former First Lady Michelle Obama all set their alarm clocks for the wee small hours. Ranging from Cook’s 3.45am, to a more palatable 5am for Branson, successful people know that you have to make the most of the time you have, even if it’s time you’d usually reserve for snoozing.

Start by setting your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than usual. The next week, set it 15 minutes earlier again. Keep it going until you strike the balance of getting enough sleep, but also having an effective amount of time in the morning to do everything you need to.

Make time for exercise

Successful people know that sitting around at your desk all day won’t cut it. Getting active is the best way to energise both body and mind, so make sure you find some time in the day to move yourself, preferably in the morning before you head to work. US Vogue editor Anna Wintour chooses an hour-long tennis match each day, whilst former President Obama used to fit in his weightlifting and cardio sessions before he walked into the Oval Office each morning. If you can’t find the time, then try walking to work, or you skip a session, don’t worry – we often run yoga classes here at Eskmills that you can join during the day, to keep yourself feeling refreshed and ready for a busy day.

Try a ‘Power Hour’

Time during the morning to focus on the day ahead and feel energised for the tasks you’re taking on is really important. Download a motivational podcast and listen to it on your commute to help you feel fired up for your workload, or perhaps some time set aside for meditation is the way to go, particularly if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Global successes including Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Arianna Huffington swear by meditation to keep their focus in check.

Sit down for breakfast with the family

Success lies in having a healthy balance across your life, and family is a huge part of that. Taking quality time to distance yourself from stress and work-related activities, to be present with the people you value most, will help you clarify what really matters and reduce overall stress. Spending time on a family breakfast all morning is also shown to help improve your performance at work, as well as contributing to an overall healthy diet and lifestyle. Pass the cereal!