Most people wake up and look at their phones. I used to be guilty of this, but it’s a horrible habit and I’m happy I dumped it.
When you wake up and look at your phone, you’re telling yourself that the most important thing to do is keep up with social media, a distraction from productivity.
Moreover, you can even get caught up and waste up to a whole hour or more, only because you wanted to see your friend’s pictures in Hawaii.
Regardless whether you do this or not, the following list is composed of methodical morning routines performed by billionaires.
Routines you can adopt tomorrow.
Steve Jobs: For over 33 years, Steve Jobs would look at himself in the mirror every morning. He would ask himself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And if the answer was “No” for too many days in a row, he know he need to change something. (Stanford News)
Sir Alan Sugar: He normally leaves his house before 6 am and is driven to his workplace.
Sometimes, he bike-rides for 50 miles before going to his work office. (British Airways Business Life)
Bill Gates: The start of the day for him is an hour on the treadmill, while watching DVDs from the Teaching Company’s “Great Courses” series. (NY Times)
Jeff Bezos: Wake up time is between 7 and 8 am.
He exercises on the treadmill and reads the news.
Bob Iger: Disney CEO wakes up at 4:30 am to read and workout on the treadmill (notice the trend yet?) (Variety)
Indra Nooyi: Wakes up at 4 am and is in the office before 7 am. (Business Insider)
Arianna Huffington: Starts the day with 30 minutes of meditation. (High Existence)
Dave Rusenko: Though he was up at 9 am, a little later than most, he starts working almost right away for about two hours. He then heads to the office and finishes until 8 pm. (Entrepreneur)
Jack Dorsey: In an interview with Product Hunt, he reveals he wakes up at 5 am, meditates for 30 minutes, works out 20 minutes, makes coffee and checks in with his company.
Mark Zuckerberg: In a Facebook live interview, Mark reveals that when he wakes up, he checks Messenger, WhatsApp, and Facebook.
He then works out, eats whatever breakfast and wears the same uniform to work. The same t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers allow him to clear his life so that he can “make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community.” (Business Insider)
Perhaps you could learn something about these routines, and change yours! Whether it’s reading, working out, or working, you have to budget your time, like you would your money, and use it for productive means.
The reason why most entrepreneurs and businessmen wake up early is to take advantage of the whole day.
I challenge you to wake up an hour earlier than you usually do, and exercise, work out, or work on your business!