How does your morning ritual compare to some of the world’s biggest business hot shots?
After mastering the art of getting out of bed (easier said than done), your next moves are crucial to setting you up for success.
There’s no one-size-fits-all method to getting the most out of your morning. Different people will reap different rewards from different rituals. Whether you’re all about reading, riding, running, showering or eating… it’s up to you to strike your perfect balance.
If you feel your current routine is flawed, or just fancy a morning makeover, Dreams has compiled some inspiration from some seriously successful entrepreneurs.
Spoiler alert: there is no mention of long and lazy lie-ins.
1. Make like Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Creator (worth £22.3bn)
It turns out time is of the essence when you’re strategising social revolution . His tip? Wear the same shirt every day to save time deliberating options. Your guess is as good as mine as to whether he:
a) Literally has one shirt and wears it every day, or
b) Buys multiple copies of the same shirt and rotates accordingly
… perhaps a realistic equivalent is choosing your outfit the night before?
2. Roll like Richard Branson
Virgin Group Founder (worth £3.2bn)
Forget putting your ears through a painful alarm tone, Richard wakes up to natural sunlight warmly kissing his face. He also exercises and eats a healthy breakfast. Please note, if you’re lacking your own island to kite surf around, swimming or running is an easy alternative.
3. Power through like Simon Cowell
X-Factor Creator / Judge (worth £211m)
Slowly does it, Simon uses the snooze button to wake up in a happy mood. As for what’s on the menu, he makes sure there’s oatmeal, not 1 or 2 but 3 smoothies, papaya juice with lime, and tea.
4. Get in the zone like Indra Nooyi
PepsiCo CEO (worth £12m)
Here we have a classic case (or kegg) of ‘the early bird gets the worm’. This means waking up before 4am and being in the office before 7am.
5. Be Strong like Tim Armstrong
AOL Chairman and CEO (worth £265m)
Just like Indra, Tim beats the crowd and starts his day early. He rises at 5am and gets straight into things. He attends to emails, reads and tests products.
6. Pep yourself up like Peter Jones
Investor on Dragon’s Den (worth £475m)
Yes! Coffee finally makes an appearance, but not before a speedy 20-minute pamper session including a shave, shower and some cereal.
7. Break the day like Tory Burch
Tory Burch LLC CEO / Fashion Designer (worth £726m)
Tory is all about multitasking. She has three boys to get up and ready, but she also finds time to squeeze in some exercise and check work emails.
8. Leap into it like Lord Alan Sugar
The Apprentice Host / Business Mogul (worth £900m)
On mornings where he doesn’t have to be up and working at the crack of dawn, he swaps the boardroom for the countryside and cycles for 50 miles. In the absence of sprawling hills and valleys to ride through, one can just invest in an exercise bike and a really good imagination.
9. Do it like Jack Dorsey
Twitter and Square Co-Founder (worth £1.5bn)
Jack wakes up early to meditate and jog. Simple yet effective.
10. Have it like Ariana Huffington
Huffington Post (worth £23m)
There is a recurring theme here – morning meditation! Ariana swears by a good 30-minute session, to top off a good stint of beauty sleep. When it comes to morning routines, sharing is caring here. Ariana backs the benefits of meditating so much she offers classes to her employees.
So there you have it – how the heavy-hitters wake up.
Now I’m dying to know, what’s YOUR secret to a successful start to the day?