Do you start your morning hitting the snooze button, gulping down coffee before heading out the door to work? Many of us struggle to form and maintain a routine early in the mornings, valuing the extra few minutes of sleep over all else—maybe because you stayed up an hour too late binging on the new Netflix show, or perhaps you’re long due for some much-needed rest to recover from burnout.
As tempting as it is to hit the snooze button and stay in bed a bit longer, it could cause more harm than good as it’ll potentially mess up your sleep cycle in the long run. On the other hand, a well-planned morning routine could do wonders for your day ahead, helping you start your day in a productive manner rather than mindlessly rushing into it. A morning routine not only helps you become more productive and accomplish more goals, but it’ll also help you feel more in control—you control the day, rather than letting the day control you.
Ready to form a morning routine that’ll work for you? Here, we list out the morning routines of several highly successful people in the world. While each person’s routine will be different, you can also draw inspiration from these individuals to create a routine that helps you achieve your goals.
James Freeman, Founder of Blue Bottle Coffee
James Freeman founded the famous Blue Bottle Coffee in 2002 in California, and soon expanded to other parts of the country. Just last year, Blue Bottle opened its first branch in Hong Kong, followed by a second location in IFC. How does this CEO start his morning? With a fresh brew of coffee, of course.
“I have an old espresso machine (a late 1970s La San Marco Leva) that is a timer, so when I wake up the machine has been warming up and is at optimal temperature for making coffee,” Freeman said in an interview for My Morning Routine, a book by Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander on morning routines of successful people.
Waking up at six in the morning on most days, Freeman then makes coffee for him and his wife, followed by reading the New York Times in bed or taking the dog out for a walk. The coffee CEO likes getting his sweat on early, catching a morning boot camp before a yoghurt-based breakfast.