Wondering what the morning rituals of the most successful entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and the likes are? Most of these talented business owners are very methodical and meticulous about their morning routine. They don’t miss their morning habits. And a vast majority of them care a lot about their morning rituals because they are fundamental to their productivity and creative growth. Not only this, these money rituals give them a comparative advantage in the ever-competitive business world.
We think the list below will give you an idea about what the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, and Arianna Huffington do in the morning:
Waking up early
In his article titled why I wake up early, Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson wrote this: "I have learned that if I rise early, I can achieve so much more in a day, and therefore in life." For successful entrepreneurs like Branson, waking up early in the morning is a necessary ritual. They know that for them to remain relevant in their respective industries, they cannot afford to sleep the way others do. Looking at this infographic from British Bed makers Sleep Matters Club, you will see that unlike many of us, top entrepreneurs tend to be extremely early-risers. One the average, most of them start their day b 5 am. Waking up early each day gives them more than enough time to do what they want. And according to Mark Twain’s famous quote "Eat a frog first in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day," individuals who wake up early are always very productive.
Though they wake up early, successful entrepreneurs do not get off to work immediately. One thing they occasionally do immediately after waking up is exercising their body. Super-successful owners like Tim Cook, Howard Schultz, and Bob Iger start each morning with a workout. On the female front, the CEO of Tory Burch LLC Tory Burch do 45 minutes exercise every morning. Well, they do not work out for the sole purpose of becoming muscular like most athletes. Rather, they do so to keep fit for their day-to-day engagements. In addition, a good workout every morning ensures that their intelligence, self-control and energy levels increase with each passing day. According to Dr. Travis Bradberry, getting one’s body moving for as little as 10 minutes releases GABA, a neurotransmitter that soothes the brain and keeps impulses in control.
One thing most CEOs do when they wake up is that they disconnect from their business lives. Rather than thinking about what to do when they get to their offices, most of them dedicate their mornings to taking care of themselves and their families. For instance, Tumblr founder David Karp revealed that he does not check his e-mails until he gets to the office around 9.30am. On the other hand, Starbucks owner Howard Schultz typical day starts with a motivational e-mail to his workers; after doing that, he diverts his full attention to his personal and family lives. Do you know why? Disconnecting from office work in the morning helps entrepreneurs to stay focused and healthy. More importantly, it gives them the chance to take care of their family and interact with friends.
The importance of having a shower early in the morning cannot be overemphasized. Studies have shown that the best ideas are usually gotten while in the shower. An early morning shower offers them a unique relaxed state under the warmness of water. Such natural ambience allows their body to release a neurotransmitter called dopamine which boosts creativity and productivity.
Even though they have tight schedules, the wealthiest CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg, Simon Cowell, and Howard Schultz take their time to eat breakfast before they set out for work. Also, they ensure that they eat a balanced diet during breakfast. A healthy breakfast allows them to be free from obesity and high blood sugar levels. Apart from this, it gives the energy to carry out the day's activities to the best of their abilities. All in all, it increases their productivities. For instance, in an interview with GQ in 2011, X Factor’s judge Simon Cowell made it known that his breakfast routine consists of hot water with lemon, papaya juice with lime, oatmeal together with three different smoothies. According to him, having a fruit-filled breakfast sets him on the right foot each day.
IN A NUTSHELL
Like most successful entrepreneurs, your morning rituals are very important for your mental growth and physical development. While we think the morning rituals mentioned above are worth emulating, we suggest that you should combine them with the activities that have always worked for you to get optimal result. In short, make the best use of every morning.