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The Best Morning Routines According to 4 Successful Entrepreneurs

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Do you meditate, exercise, set goals and make your bed? According to successful entrepreneurs, those four habits can make all the difference.


Carving out a designated time to meditate is a great way to start your day and help ensure it’s a successful one. Nadia Boujarwah, CEO of the clothing subscription service Dia & Co., meditates every morning. She said, “I recently started using the meditation app Headspace. I use it for 10 minutes first thing after I wake up.”  


Starting your day with some form of exercise is a great way to wake up and get moving. Virgin Group founder Richard Branson starts every day with tennis or cycling. He writes in his blog, “Exercise puts me in a great mind frame to get down to business, and also helps me get the rest I need each night...” 

Set Goals 

Sit down and write a to-do list that lays out your goals for the day. Not only will this help you stay organized, but the act of writing down what you want to get done will help you remember to do it. Mandeep Shahi, cofounder and managing partner of ZENMED, an award-winning health and wellness brand, recommends writing down three top tasks before you pour your morning coffee or tea.

Make Your Bed

New York Times bestselling author Tim Ferriss has said making his bed is a priority to help prepare his mind for the day. If nothing else goes right all day, at least your bed will be nicely made when you hit the hay!

These ideas might not work for you. Here are more from Marie Kondo, Oprah, and Barack Obama and others:

1. Have a ritual

Light a candle, hug your spouse, take a shower—whatever you do in the morning, make it a ritual that marks a fresh start. Dancer Twyla Tharp’s morning routine includes waking up at 5:30 a.m., dressing for her workout, then hailing a cab to go to the gym.

“The ritual is not the workout; the ritual is the cab. The moment I tell the driver where to go, I have completed the ritual,” she writes. 

2. Practice gratitude

After she burns incense, Marie Kondo doesn’t get into a meticulous folding session. Instead, she practices gratitude. “I say a prayer of thanksgiving for my family and team members’ health, and renew my resolve to do as much as I can that day,” she writes. 

3. Rise with the sun (or sooner)

A study published in The Journal of General Psychology found that early risers tend to procrastinate less than night owls. It makes sense that many successful people identify as early birds: Apple CEO Tim Cook throws off the covers at 3:45 a.m. to go through email before his five o’clock gym appointment. 

4. Read

Rather than scrolling through social media in the morning, consider reading a book or an article instead. One study from the University of Sussex found that just six minutes of reading can reduce stress up to 68 percent. Bill Gates and Barack Obama start their days reading.

6. Drink water

Our bodies can become dehydrated overnight, so water in the morning helps rehydrate. A morning glass of water has also been shown to reduce calorie intake during the day, improve your skin, and even jump-start your metabolism.

Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé tout the benefits of drinking water. 

7. Eat

Many successful people make breakfast a key part of their morning. Kelly Ripa has coffee, yogurt and granola, while Barack Obama prefers eggs, potatoes and wheat toast. 

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