The most successful people are known for their high level of productivity. Their ability to manage people, situations and take quick decisions, begins immediately after they wake-up through an excellent morning routine.
Of course, each of them reached this routine after many years in which they tested, applied or changed their activity in the morning. Below you will find details about the morning routine of: Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Howard Schultz, Mark Zuckerberg, Benjamin Franklin and Richard Branson.
Their routine is not a magic formula that you could apply and you will get remarkable results but rather a guideline that you could use. Note, however, that as I said in the last article (4 strategic steps to productivity) it depends a lot on how the environment where you live and work is, so I suggest to adapt the ideas to your situation. It is likely that some things from morning routines below to seem impractical, even impossible, while you could discover that you already practice some of the ideas. Remember that any change is possible if you have a goal, a plan of action and you start immediately!
Science says that or willpower is at the highest level in the morning, so start your day with proper routines.
Below are some details about the morning routine of some of the most successful leaders in the world:
Barack Obama – President of the USA
He has a strict routine of exercise at 6:45, before breakfast with his family and preparing his girls to go to school.
Bill Gates – founder of Microsoft
He is a promoter of health and spends the morning on the treadmill while watching the Teaching Company courses.
Jeff Bezos – Amazon CEO
He says he dislikes morning meetings. He prefer to stay at home and have a healthy breakfast with his family.
Howard Schultz – Starbucks CEO
He wakes up every day at 4:30, walking his 3 dogs and having an exercise session. Around 5:45 he prepares coffee and breakfast for him and his wife.
Mark Zuckerberg – founder of Facebook
He is well known that he dresses in the same style every day, something he mentioned that it helps to eliminate decision fatigue. And he is not alone. Details here.
Benjamin Franklin (one of the Founding Fathers, diplomat, scientist, inventor, philosopher, professor and politician)
He is one of the first users of the list of tasks (to-do list) that he followed strictly each y morning from 5:00 to 7:00. Benjamin Franklin routine included prayer, planning the day, learning session and breakfast.
Richard Branson – Virgin Group founder
Wakes up every day at 5 o’clock, no matter where he is the world. Then he has time to exercise, time with family, meditation, reading, reviewing the to-do list and writing gratitude ideas in his diary.
What is your morning routine? How do you think that the routine affects your daily productivity?