6:00 a.m. Your alarm blinks and screeches to life; reluctantly, you stretch out a weary arm and fumble the snooze button intermittently for the next thirty minutes. Finally, you pluck up the courage to open your eyes.
The first thing you do is grab your phone and scroll through missed emails. Then the fear kicks in. Oh, crap -- I have a deadline at 4 p.m. And then a big meeting. What am I going to do? How is everything going to get done?
If you're like me and have ever experienced a morning like this, then you'll know it's unproductive and only adds stress to the day ahead. The good news is: I have a solution.
It's long been touted that if you win the morning, you win the day. I'm a firm advocate and believer in that.
I've learned and adopted strategies from some of the world's most successful people. Each has a unique twist on their morning routine that could save you time, energy and a lot of peace of mind.
Here are six celebrity morning rituals you can implement immediately:
1. Tony Robbins
Tony Robbins is a master of self-discipline and really understands the psychology of success and happiness. He makes a strong but valid point: If you don't have ten spare minutes to work on yourself every morning, then you don't have a life.
Using a ritual called "Priming," Robbins follows a three-part program:
- Perform three sets of 30 Kapalbhati Pranayama breaths.
- Close your eyes and slow your breathing while expressing gratitude for everything you have.
- Pray and ask for help, guidance, and strength throughout the day.
2. Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss is a great person to emulate, simply because he's adapted his own morning ritual after interviewing thousands of successful leaders from all walks of life.
First, Ferris makes his bed. He says it fills him with a small sense of pride and accomplishes something right away. Next, he meditates for ten to 20 minutes. (I highly recommend an app called Headspace, which I've personally used to help guide and track my meditation.)
Next, Ferris does at least 30 seconds of light exercise followed by some strong tea. He finishes his routine by journaling for five to ten minutes, which helps him "push the ball forward and feel better throughout the day."
3. Oprah Winfrey
Like Ferriss, Oprah Winfrey starts her morning with twenty minutes of meditation, which she says fills her with "hope, a sense of contentment and deep joy."
Next, she hits the treadmill to get her heart-rate pumping. Winfrey swears that at least fifteen minutes of exercise improves her productivity and boosts energy levels.
Next, Winfrey "tunes herself in" by going for a walk, listening to music or preparing a nice meal. Finally, she always concludes her ritual by eating a healthy meal full of complex carbohydrates, fiber and protein.
4. Barack Obama
Former president Barack Obama would always start his day in the White House two hours before his first scheduled event, which often meant rising early before 5 a.m. This allowed him to prioritize exercise, an activity he never missed. Surprisingly, Obama doesn't drink coffee. Instead, he opts for green tea and stays hydrated with orange juice and plenty of water.
After his morning exercise and breakfast, Obama would stay on top of current affairs by reading the New York Times and watching ESPN.
5. Jocko Willink
Jocko Willink is a former Navy SEAL commander who lead SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser during the height of the Iraq War. His morning routine (which you can see him do on Instagram at @jockowillink) starts very early, usually around 4:30 a.m. Willink sets three alarms to make sure he sticks to his routine.
Next, Willink heads straight to the gym for a grueling strength workout which lasts around one hour. He finishes his workout with a thirty minute jog, and jumps in the shower at approximately 6 a.m to get ready for the day ahead. It's this routine and consistency which he credits to his massive business success in life after the military.
6. Steve Jobs
The late, great Steve Jobs had an incredibly profound yet simple morning routine. Each day he would get up, make his bed, shower, and then look himself in the mirror. He'd lock eyes with himself and ask, "If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I'm about to do today?"
If the answer was "no" too many days in a row, he knew something needed to change.