The Various Morning Habits of 8 Geniuses
There's nothing better than a smooth morning that allows you to enter the day with confidence and clarity... Since there are many different ways of going about the morning hours, I decided to take a look at how a few of the world's most powerful and well-known people greet the day.
1. Steve Jobs - Morning Reflection Routine
His morning ritual, according to his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, involved taking a long hard look at his life purpose.
"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: 'If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.' It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."
Jobs encourages everyone to never to give up on chasing their dreams. How can that be made possible? Making sure you truly love what you're doing and how you spend your time.
2. Oprah - No-Alarms-Allowed Routine
"I have never set an alarm, I don't believe in them. They are ... alarming! I put the number in my mind and I wake up before that, usually between 6:02 and 6:20, because the dogs are trained to go out around that time. My first thought in the morning is, "Oh, I'm alive. Thank you!" I hop up, brush my teeth and go take the dogs to do their thing. They do the real downward-facing dog!"
I'm definitely not surprised that Oprah Winfrey doesn't use an alarm clock. After all, the media mogul and the queen of boss ladies has earned her right to sleep in -- although she usually doesn't.
3. Richard Branson - Family-First Routine
In addition to working out and eating breakfast, billionaire and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson says he values spending mornings with his family. On his blog, the father of three writes: "Exercise and family time put me in a great mind frame before getting down to business."
I'm 100% fond of this idea — especially since research says time spent with loved ones is good for your health. And to ensure you're meeting up with the family enough, experts say it's best to be proactive and plan ahead.
4. Arianna Huffington - Energy And Brain-Boosting Coffee Routine
Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, is a big advocate of getting at least eight hours of sleep and allowing your body to wake up naturally. There is, however, one thing she's not big on and that's breakfast — unless we're talking about coffee. And, more specifically, Bulletproof coffee.
This popular coffee is designed to suppress hunger, steady energy levels and give you mental clarity. To read full instructions on how to make your Bulletproof coffee, visit the Bulletproof blog.
5. Kim Kardashian - Daily Cardio Routine
One of the world's most popular businesswomen, Kim Kardashian has launched a TV production company, fragrance and skin care lines, she owns clothing boutiques -- and we can't forget about her longtime role in "Keeping Up with the Kardashians.'
The working mother of three says that in the mornings she goes for a 60-minute jog, either in her gated community or on the treadmill, to keep fit. Beyond that, she "works her abs or legs" for an added bit of toning.
6. David Karp - Write it Down Strategy
The founder of Tumblr, David Karp, starts his day by checking emails. Then, as he goes through his messages, he writes a list of things he needs to do that day in his notebook. He says he uses Action Method notebooks from Behance.
7. Jennifer Aniston - Meditation Routine
Everyone knows that Jennifer Aniston has seen major success throughout her acting career. She's inspirational on a professional level, which makes us wonder what she's doing right in her personal life.
According to Aniston, she starts each day with "some sort of meditation."
8. Mark Zuckerberg - Wardrobe Strategy
Facebook Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg wears the same T-shirt every day to avoid time wasted on picking a daily outfit. If you also view the daily outfit struggle as a waste of time, then I at least recommend choosing your everyday uniform from a store with good basics, such as Madewell or J. Crew. However, if you appreciate fashion and want to wear something new every day, there are other smart fashion services that can help you save on time and money. For instance, subscription services, such as Rent the Runway and Frank and Oak, periodically provide users with a fresh change up of clothes.
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