How does your morning routine compare to some of the world’s biggest business hot shots? There’s no one-size-fits-all method to getting the most out of your morning. Different people will reap different rewards from different routines. Whether you’re all about reading, riding, running, showering or eating… it’s up to you to strike your perfect balance.
Here is a list of 10 morning routines of the top successful entrepreneurs,
1. Richard Branson – Get up early
In a 2014 blog post, the entrepreneur explained why he wakes up at 5 a.m.: “I’m able to do some exercise and spend time with my family, which puts me in a great mind frame before getting down to business.”
2. Jack Dorsey – Meditate and exercise
To make time for a 30-minute meditation, CEO of both Twitter and Square also rises early, at 5 a.m. After, Dorsey completes a workout and then brews his own coffee.
3. Arianna Huffington – Get enough sleep first
“I could not live without a good night’s sleep—because for the longest time I did live without it and paid a very high price,” Huffington says. However, once she is awake, her schedule could vary. For example, what time she wakes-up could differ based on whether she’s going to the office or airport.
For most mornings, Huffington rides an exercise bike for 30 minutes, meditates for another 30, takes a shower, gets dressed, and has a cup of coffee.
4. Steve Jobs – Give yourself a pep talk
In his commencement speech to Stanford in 2005, the late Apple co-founder elaborated on what he asks himself each morning: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do?” If the answer was no for too many days in a row, he knew he’d have to “change something.”
5. Elon Musk – Make time for the small things
Musk has claimed that he works an insane 80-100 hours per week! But, that doesn’t prevent him from waking up at 7am to catch a spectacular view outside of his L.A. area home. Musk normally skips breakfast, but sometimes has an omelette or cup of coffee, and arrives at his SpaceX office before 10am. Once in the office, he makes his morning phone calls to journalists, job candidates, and conference calls regarding either SpaceX or Tesla.
7. Jeff Bezos – Avoid early morning meetings
Instead of rushing to the office, the Amazon founder prefers to have a leisurely breakfast with his wife and children. “I wanted her to get the best hours of my day,” Bezos has said. That’s why Bezos made it a point to not plan any early-morning meetings. This not only keeps a healthy work-life balance, it also ensures that you get a full night’s rest and decreases stress.
8. Kenneth Chenault – Be ready for the day
The last thing American Express CEO does before leaving his office at night is to write down the top three things he wants to accomplish tomorrow. Then he’ll use that list to start his next day.
9. Mark Zuckerberg – Make as few decisions as possible
Did you ever wonder why the Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg seems to often be wearing the same clothes? “I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community,” Zuckerberg told his audience during a 2014 public Q&A. He added, “I’m in this really lucky position, where I get to wake up every day and help serve more than a billion people. And I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous about my life.”
10. Bill Gates – Stay sharp mentally and physically
The Microsoft co-founder is known for exercising both both his body and mind first thing in the morning. He reads publications like the Wall Street Journal, Economist, and New York Times, as well as gets alerts for stories on Berkshire Hathaway.
Gates also trots on his treadmill and watches courses from the Teaching Company.