What you do immediately after you wake up sets the tone for the rest of your day. A lot of successful people swear by their morning rituals to help them tackle challenges that await that day.
It doesn’t matter if you start your day with a stretch or take a few minutes to write a schedule of events, positive and productive habits set you up for success.
Here are the morning routines of a couple of the most accomplished people in the world.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Anyone that follows the man mountain on Instagram know’s that workout’s are a big part of Dwayne Johnson’s life. He wakes up before dawn every morning to begin a relentless training and diet regimen that continues throughout the day.
After having a cup of coffee (essential, according to Dwayne), he does cardio, usually a run or training on the elliptical for 30 to 50 minutes. The movie star nice guy always keeps a strict diet, and an important habit he’s picked up is having meals prepped ahead of time — which, if you tend to eat out, could save you money on food.
Former president Barack Obama had easily one of the hardest jobs on the planet, one where he never got a day off and made world-altering decisions. Thus, the president used his mornings to prepare himself for the day ahead — and cut back on sleep.
Obama slept just five hours a night. When he woke up, he made a concerted effort not to spend time on small decisions like what to wear or eat. He’d rather save his energy for the big decisions that were always just one meeting away. Obama then also exercised for 45 minutes every morning, alternating between cardio and strength training.
When it comes to morning rituals, famed Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban keeps things simple. He gets to work, according to an interview with Entrepreneur. He said business is his morning meditation, and that success is waking up with a smile on your face.
The mastermind and downright nice guy founder of Virgin Group Richard Branson explained in a blog post why he’s an early riser. According to the Virgin.com piece, Branson wakes up around 5 a.m., as he believes that when he wakes up early, he can accomplish more during the day. More so, he said waking up early allows him to spend time with his family and fit exercise into his daily routine.
So maybe you’re a budding entrepreneur or you just want to become more effective in life and work, as we’ve seen above, it’s easy to recognise some simple changes you can make to your daily routine to help you become a boss in the boardroom. Better set that alarm.