5 Things Successful People do in their Morning Routines
It’s never too late to build a morning routine into your life, and what better way to do so than introducing your day with wellness, optimism and productivity! Here are the 5 rituals successful people do when they wake up in the morning…
1. Wake up early – without an alarm!?
Many successful people, including the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezoz and Arianna Huffington, have claimed they do not use an alarm to wake up in the morning. Instead, they rely on their internal body clock to naturally awake. They make sure they get the recommended 6-8 hours of sleep and simply tell their bodies when they want to wake up in the morning. Whilst this may seem ridiculous, and very risky if you have important events to wake up for, it might be worth a try on the weekend! The vital part of this morning ritual is, however, getting enough sleep to wake up early, well-rested and energized to seize the day.
2. Eat breakfast and drink a glass of water
You must have heard so many people say, ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ and it is! A nutritious meal in the morning will immediately replenish your energy levels for the day and overall improve your health. I also recommend drinking at least one glass of water once you’ve woken up to hydrate your body after sleep and maintain healthy water habits throughout the day.
3. Exercise or go outside
Work out or step outside to get fresh air in the morning in order to revitalize your body and really wake yourself up. Dwayne Johnson kicks off his day with a run whilst Barack Obama ensures he fits exercise in before work. You may be like me and think squeezing a full-on workout at 7am in seems unrealistic, or perhaps you just aren’t feeling exercise this early on. But simply going on a 5-minute walk or sitting in your garden for a few moments can help you feel more alert throughout your day and produce melatonin which will help you sleep at the end of the day. Consider incorporating a dog walk into your morning routine to be productive at the same time!
Again, if you’re in that mindset of worrying you won’t have enough time in the morning, meditation can be as short as 5 minutes and still be hugely beneficial. If you’re new to meditating or easily distracted, follow along to a video on YouTube. Arianna Huffington avoids looking at her phone in the morning and instead meditates, focusing the mind before dealing with emails and social media. Jeff Weiner claims he wakes up at 5:30am to meditate – and whilst it does not need to be this early, the silence before everyone else awakes might be nice if you have noisy housemates!
5. Write a to-do list
Lastly, setting out your goals for the day and prioritising your plans can really help you visualise your day and be more productive. Make sure you don’t plan to do too much in one day and feel overwhelmed, as this can result in procrastination. Perhaps try and complete one small task in the morning, such as answering emails or cleaning the bathroom, as this time of day is when most people are more productive.