Changing up your morning routine – inspiration from the A-List
It’s so easy to fall into a bad morning routine. Do you hit the snooze button over and over, refuse to get up on an odd-number, skip breakfast, down countless cups of coffee and just about make it into work on time?
If that sounds like you, you’re in need of a morning routine tune-up. And what better place to get it than from the wildly rich and successful?
We looked into the morning routines of some of the world’s most famous and wealthiest people and broke them down into specific behaviours. Here’s what they’re doing, that you’re probably not:
They make room for family time
Even if you’re working all the hours under the sun, there should always be room to spend time with your nearest and dearest:
- Former US President Barack Obama always makes sure he has breakfast with his daughters.
- Business mogul and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos avoids any meetings in the morning to ensure he has breakfast at home.
- Coffee is clearly important to Starbucks founder Howard Schultz who always has a daily cup with his wife before starting the day.
What better way to stay grounded and get a sense of perspective on your day than time with loved ones before that important business meeting.
They focus the mind
There’s no point rushing into work if you’re simply not productive when you get there. Our A-Listers always take the time to tune the most important part of the body as part of their daily routines. Here’s what they get up to (or used to in the case of those no longer with us):
- Beethoven used to count out exactly 60 beans of coffee before brewing his cup – concentrating on one task at a time would focus and clear his mind.
- Steve Jobs would always get up, make his bed, shower and then look at himself in the mirror. Every day he would ask himself the same question; “if today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I’m about to do today?”. If the answer was no too many days in a row he’d know that he had to change something.
- Jane Austen would play the piano to ensure she can focus on something creative before getting down to writing for the day.
- Arianna Huffington focusses her mind with yoga and meditation, while Jennifer Aniston insists on 40 minutes of yoga. Oprah Winfrey does 20 minutes of meditation which fills her with “hope, a sense of contentment, and deep joy.”
- Somewhat unconventionally, Mark Zuckerberg insists on wearing the same outfit day in day out (his wardrobe is full of exactly the same clothes), so he doesn’t have to spend time deciding what to wear. He wants to save his quota of decisions for the day for the things that really matter.
They get up early
There’s no snoozing here. Our entrepreneurs and celebs all share the same desire to get up early and make the most of the day.
- Richard Branson insists on sleeping with the curtains open, so he can rise as soon as the sun’s up.
- If she’s working, Jennifer Aniston is up at 4.30 so she can squeeze in her exercise and yoga before arriving on set.
- Barack Obama ensures he’s up, so he can start his working day at least two hours before his first scheduled event.
They make time to exercise
No matter how busy, a spot of exercise before the day really begins will make sure you feel invigorated, will often reduce your desire for unhealthy food throughout the day, and will keep energy levels up. Morning exercise is the ideal way to boost your daily performance.
- Oprah Winfrey insists that fifteen minutes of exercise in the morning improves her productivity and boosts energy levels.
- Richard Branson always has a swim around his private island – Necker Island – before enjoying a spot of kite-surfing.
- Simon Cowell religiously does 500 push ups every morning.
- Lord Sugar does a 50-mile cycle through the Essex countryside.
Well there’s some morning inspiration for you. What will you do to change up your pre-work routine?