13 Morning Habits of Celebrities You Can Adopt to Set Up Each Day for a Win
Most successful people have lots of things in common. For example, they all agree that the first thing you should do in the morning is to eat a frog. This means that it’s better to deal with the worst thing in your to-do list right after waking up. Among other features of their daily routine, there’s usually a well-balanced and strictly organized daily schedule that helps them thrive in both their careers and personal lives.
Bright Side gathered 13 morning habits of famous people you should adopt to turn your life into a success!
13. Barack Obama: Avoid coffee.
Former President Barack Obama may be considered an anomaly in the modern world because he’s not a coffee drinker at all. Instead, to stay hydrated and boost his metabolism, he usually drinks green tea, orange juice, and plenty of water.
Obama has 2 main rules concerning his morning routine — never miss a workout and always eat breakfast. Apparently, avoiding coffee in the morning doesn’t affect his energy level — on average, he gets about 5 hours of sleep at night and turns to strength or cardio training right after waking up.
12. Jennifer Aniston: Get up early.
You’ve probably heard that most successful people are early birds, and Jennifer Aniston is no exception here. Every work day, she gets up at 4:30 AM and immediately starts doing her morning rituals.
As a part of her morning routine, Jen washes her face with soap, drinks hot water with lemon, then meditates for 20 minutes. Getting up early allows her to get a head start on the day and have some quality time for herself before going to work.
11. Oprah Winfrey: meditation
The benefits of meditation are well-known to many — it helps reduce stress, improve productivity, boost creativity, and maintain general well-being. That’s why Oprah Winfrey usually includes meditation in her daily routine.
Oprah starts each morning with 20 minutes of sitting meditation, not skipping holidays and weekends. She says that sitting in stillness fills her with hope, a sense of contentment, and deep joy. However, if she’s in a rush, she only meditates for 10-12 minutes, but twice a day as usual.
10. Tim Ferriss: Accomplish small goals.
Tim Ferriss knows all about success, simply because he has interviewed thousands of great leaders from all walks of life. “Win the morning, win the day,” is Tim’s motto expressed in one of his books.
Ferriss chooses to start his days by clearing both his room and his mind, and that’s why he does the easiest but most annoying task first: he makes his bed. This simple action gives him a feeling of pride and accomplishment. Having done this, he can be sure that there is at least one thing in his life that is absolutely under his control, and all the rest is not worth worrying about.
9. Lea Michele: take a steam shower.
Each morning after a quick cup of coffee, Lea Michele takes a steam shower. She steams for a really long time on even her busiest days because this procedure helps her depuff and sweat out all of the toxins from her body.
When taking a shower, Michele exfoliates her body twice — she starts by dry brushing and then uses a homemade scrub containing coconut oil, brown sugar or sea salt, and olive oil and stores it right in the bathroom.
8. Richard Branson: Spend time with your family.
It turns out that Branson is not the only early bird in his family. No matter what he’s up to do later, Richard wakes up at around 5 AM, works out, and eats his breakfast. However, the most important part of his morning is spending time with his family.
Branson says that some quality family time puts him in a great frame of mind before getting down to business. According to some studies, it also reduces stress, improves your health, and extends the length of your life.
7. Jessica Alba: Work out with your friends.
All successful people know the importance of exercising. And if you don’t work out in the morning, you most likely won’t do it in the evening when you feel tired after all your day’s events. At the same time, it’s so hard to make yourself get up a bit earlier to perform when you know that you could spend this time in your cozy bed.
Jessica Alba found a way out of this situation — she uses her workout buddies to help her turn early morning sweat sessions into a reality. The actress admits that exercising is not her favorite activity, but it helps her reduce stress, and her friends always keep her motivated to do some yoga or spinning classes together.
6. Brittany Snow: Make your own “getting ready” playlist.
Even if you usually get up on the wrong side of the bed, you can easily change your negative mood into a positive one by using some good tunes. The Pitch Perfect star Brittany Snow calls it a “getting ready” playlist.
As a rule, after breakfast, she puts on her own playlist filled with mood-boosting songs that she blasts on the speakers throughout her house. It helps her to wake up quickly and set up a proper mood for the rest of the day.
5. Julianne Hough: Express gratitude.
Julianne Hough prefers to start her day on a positive note by performing her own morning gratitude ritual. Right after waking up at 6:30 AM, she sits up in her bed and thinks of 5 things she’s grateful for that either already happened to her or that she wants to do that day.
Julianne also sets some small spiritual goals for the following 24 hours. This can be something like making 10 people smile throughout the day, for example. Only after this does she get out of bed, brush her teeth, and proceed with her other morning routines.
4. David Karp: Don’t check your emails.
The founder and CEO of Tumblr David Karp is sure that reading emails in the morning at home never feels good or productive. Instead, he saves all of his email reading for when he arrives at work at about 9:30 AM or 10:00 AM. If there’s something urgent that he should know about, people always can call or text him.
David also set up filters on his email so that his inbox gets messages only from the staff working in his company and from his girlfriend — the rest of his emails go into the “unsorted” folder. When he arrives at his office, he goes through his inbox folder and responds to all the messages. After that, he opens the “unsorted” folder and checks if there’s anything important there.
3. Kate Hudson: Make an ice bath for your face.
Kate Hudson usually wakes up with the help of an ice bath. She adopted this habit from a makeup artist she worked with and started doing it every single morning.
To do a facial ice bath, Kate uses a bowl filled with a lot of ice and a little water. She sticks her face in and tries to stay there as long as she can. This freezing bath wakes her up really quickly and also softens her facial skin and gives her a glow.
2. Mark Zuckerberg: Eliminate choices.
Of course, having lots of choices may seem awesome and even luxurious for some of us. But when you’re in a hurry in the morning, wasting those precious minutes on deciding what to wear or to eat may actually turn your day into a complete disaster. That’s why many wealthy and successful people have voluntarily chosen to eliminate their decisions throughout the day.
One of the greatest examples of this is seen by Mark Zuckerberg who admits that he has about 20 identical gray T-shirts in his closet. This lack of choice helps him avoid decision fatigue and focus his attention on business.
1. Steve Jobs: Remind yourself of your dreams.
In his speech to a graduating class at Stanford, Jobs said that each morning he looked in the mirror and asked himself the same question: “If today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m doing today?” Whenever his answer was “no” for too many days in a row, he was sure that he needed to change something in his life.
This kind of reevaluation of his work and desires every single day helped him pursue his dreams without forgetting about his true self.
Do you have your own morning habits that help you get a head start on the day? Share your rituals with us in the comments!