The average American wakes up at 7:08 AM, and the first thing they do is eat breakfast. The busiest part of their day is just after 10 AM, and they spend less than 1 hour a day in an active workout. How does the average American morning routine compare to some of the top leaders in the world? Here are the top 8 lessons and morning routine activities the world’s top leaders recommend.

  1. Wake Up Early: One of the most common traits of a successful leader’s morning routine begins with waking up early. While the average American wakes up around 7, top leaders tend to rise between 5 and 6 AM. It gives them more time before work to accomplish tasks throughout the day.
  2. Meditate: Morning meditation is beloved by leaders because it gives them time to clear their minds and focus. They typically have very busy days so carving out even 15 minutes can keep them centered and focused for the remainder of the day.
  3. Work Out: Whether it’s yoga, running, or a simple walk, the majority of leaders create time in their morning for exercise. A morning workout helps keep you awake and alert and is proven to help control stress.
  4. Eat Breakfast: It’s important to start your day with a healthy breakfast. Fueling your body helps to fuel your mind and focus throughout the day. 
  5. Read: Taking the time to read for even 10 minutes has proven to help successful people during the day. Reading 10 minutes every morning will turn into over 3,000 pages or about 12 books by the end of the year.
  6. Avoid Social Media & Email: Leaders take their morning to clear their head, and that typically involves limiting social media and email first thing in the morning. If email is the first thing you check during the day, you immediately go into “work mode,” and skip the part of your routine that focuses and centers yourself.
  7. Set Action Items: A top tip from tech leaders is to start each day by identifying your top priorities. This way you have clear goals as to what you need to accomplish.