Morning routines of successful people are often cited. They’re shared as a blueprint for being, um well successful. But what if their morning routines don’t work for you? Does this mean that you will not be successful?
Good Morning! Or is it?
Are you a morning person? Do you jump out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off? Grab a shower and a cup of coffee – not at the same time otherwise you end up with watery coffee! Have a wholesome breakfast. Get dressed. Head off to work ready to start your day working diligently through the to-do list that you set the night before?
No It’s Not!
Or, do you struggle to get going first thing? Hit the snooze button several times and then make a mad dash out the door. Praying that the journey to work will be stress free? But knowing that there will be masses of traffic on the roads. Or you will not be able to get a seat on the over-packed train. When you arrive at work you’re exhausted. Ready to down your first cup of coffee and then try to figure out what the heck you’re supposed to be doing?
I know which option I would prefer. And that would be the path of less stress.
But I have to confess that I have experienced both types of morning wake-ups.
So how can you have a good morning experience? Are the morning routines of successful people something to aspire to?
The Morning Routines Of Successful People
I did some research to have a look at the morning routines of successful people. There are many things they all do.
- They get up early – sometimes as early as 4.00 a.m.
- Exercise – ranges from a full work out, to yoga or a 10 minute walk
- Eat a good breakfast – there also seems to be a trend of having some strange sounding smoothies!
- Listen to inspirational podcasts
- Start on their most important task of the day
Will It Work For You?
We can learn from those that are successful. They are successful for a reason after all. But will it work for you? There is no one blue print on how to make it successful. You can look to adapt some of the above suggestions and create a morning routine that will work for you.
Get Up Early
If you want to get up at 4.00 a.m. then be my guest. This is not something that I aspire to do. But getting up earlier does have certain benefits.
The Benefits of Getting Up Early
Getting up early. Before anyone else, means those first few moments (or hours) are completely uninterrupted.
Whilst the majority of people are still in bed, you can get a real head-start on the day. It’s like creating your own special ‘you time’ to get the things that you want to get done. Without distraction or having other people make demands of you.
Physical activity and exercise can improve your health and well-being. It helps prevent weight gain as well as reducing chances of debilitating illnesses. Another positive factor. It can improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. All good stuff. But is there an optimum time to exercise for maximum benefit? Exercise takes place in the morning routines of successful people. But will it work for you?
What Research Says About Exercise as A Morning Routine
Researchers claim exercising first thing in the morning leads to productivity. It is also said to be good for blood pressure as well as speeding up your metabolism. But other research states that working out between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. is best for early rises. This is because the body’s systems are geared up for action. The heart and lungs are performing most efficiently and the body is most limber. https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/articles/200607/staying-fit-the-body-clock .
At the end of the day it is an individual choice. But exercising first thing does mean that you are more likely to do it. Perhaps this is why it’s included in the morning routines of successful people. For many, exercise is something that’s done for health, fitness or diet reasons. Doing it early ensures that you get it done before the day takes over.
Meditating helps to clear your mind. For me this has been one of the best habits I have incorporated into my morning routine. See my article on the 5 Benefits of Meditating To Inspire You to Try It for Yourself .
Benefits of Meditating As Part of Your Morning Routine
Meditating early is easier when there are no distractions around. 10 minutes in the morning can help reduce stress and anxiety. Its purpose is to train attention and awareness. Allowing you to live in the moment. Starting the day from a state of calm is a powerful thing to do. Not only for yourself, but others around you. This is one of the morning routines of successful people that I would encourage.
Eat A Good Breakfast
I’m in favour of a good breakfast. Eating breakfast as part of your morning routine provides the fuel that your body needs. It provides you with the energy to start your day on the right foot. It also means that you are less likely to eat heavily and more often, later in the day. Definitely a consideration if you are looking to lose weight.
What You Eat For Breakfast Is Important
But it is not a simple thing of just eating breakfast. Those who eat a high protein breakfast tend to be more mindful about what they eat later in the day. In fact, they eat less during the course of the day and are less likely to be hungry. Also high protein breakfasts prevent fat mass gains. This may be the reason why it is part of the morning routines of successful people.
Perhaps those strange sounding smoothies have something to offer after all.
Mark Zuckerberg challenged himself to read a new book every two weeks. Warren Buffet reads 500 pages a day. And Bill Gates reads 50 books a year and writes summaries of them on his blog (https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books). Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. Reading is a good habit to get into. There is nothing like getting lost in a good book. This can take as much or as little time as you choose. Goals can be set for 10 minutes each morning, or reading 10 pages. Whatever works for you.
Why You Should Read As Part of Your Morning Routine
There are many good reasons why reading is good for you. It broadens the mind, improves your vocabulary and it is mentally stimulating. It is also said to improve focus. As well as reduce stress and depression. Consider it as yoga for the brain.
I know that I gain a lot from reading. It sparks new ideas and ways of doing things. One of my annual goals is to read 30 books a year. Something that I have achieved over the last few years. Through reading I have gained confidence in my knowledge. If you commute as I did for many years, use the time to read. Trust me it will pay huge dividends for you and help you achieve whatever goals you set yourself.
Other Times To Read
But reading can be done at the other end of the day when you are looking to unwind. The other factor is that sometimes if I read in the morning I can be inspired to look at something straight away. As such, it can distract me from what my priority for the day is.
Listen To Inspirational Podcasts
There are now thousands of podcasts out there. They cover all sorts of genres from Art to Zoology. And everything between. And the best part is that the majority of them are free. Another big advantage is that they are so accessible. You can listen through your iPhone, iPad or desktop.
Why You Should Listen To Podcasts As Part Of Your Morning Routine
Podcasts are a great combination of being entertaining and educational.
Story telling has been around since humans began communicating with each other. So in effect we are carrying on an ancient tradition, in a modern format.
They are so accessible. Listening to a podcast can be done anywhere. Whilst doing the housework, on the journey to work or sitting in your home office.
Go on, Google podcasts and discover something that you enjoy.
My Favourite Podcasts
As I don’t have a commute to work – unless you count stumbling into the room next to my bedroom. Listening to podcasts is not something that I do first thing. Instead I prefer to listen to them when I have low energy times. At the end of the working day when I need a ‘pick me up’
Start The most important task of the day
Brian Tracy wrote Eat That Frog – a great book on how to deal with procrastination. In it he explains that to be productive you start your day with the most important item on your to-do list. This is the task that will have serious consequences if you do not complete it. High achievers understand what their important tasks are.
This is why it features in the morning routines of successful people. It is also usually the most challenging task that we need to achieve that day. Unfortunately it’s also the task we tend to procrastinate on.
The Benefits of Doing You Most Important Task As Part of Your Morning Routine.
It sets the tone for the day. Doing your most important task means that you are making progress on your goals. It can be the One Thing that will move you forward and where everything else will naturally follow.
But, there is also the belief that this is not necessarily the best thing to do. https://thriveglobal.com/authors/mark-struczewski/ disagrees. His argument is that not everybody is productive first thing in the morning. Instead focus on your most important task when you are at your peak in relation to performance.
A Personal Choice
This is again something that is personal to your own situation. I have a set routine of writing first thing. Not only is this something that I enjoy, but it helps build a habit of consistency. For my work, writing it the most important thing that I can do for my business. As such, I like to do my most important thing first. I’m more energised first thing, but for you this might be different.
There is a lot of data giving information on the morning routines of successful people. The morning routine I highlight in this article is a template that many will follow. But, and here is the big BUT it is not applied by all.
There are definitely positives connected to this form of morning routine. But there are counter arguments to suggest that this form of structure is not the most efficient.
So will the morning routines of successful people work for you? The important thing is to have a morning routine. Routine creates calm and organisation. It reduces stress. Knowing what you need to do without making decisions leading a simple life. But how you structure your morning routine is up to you.