How you start your day can determine your productivity, mindset & actions for the day. It's been said that ambitious & successful people have a good morning routine, & these incredible women have proven it.
If you've arrived here from our #MondayMindset email, it's because you're seeking a morning dose of motivation, & these ladies are going to give you exactly that.
Here's how these businesswomen stay on top of their game:
Jessica Alba, Actress & founder of The Honest Company
As a mum, Jessica Alba’s mornings are busy. She’ll wake up for a workout at 5:30am.
“Working out is not my favourite, but it’s stress relief and I get good ideas working up a sweat. I like to to make a morning class before I get to work: Spinning or hot yoga sculpt, always with friends to keep me motivated.”
After a morning meditation session with Headspace, she works out for an hour.
Before a workout, she makes sure to wash her face and moisturize, she uses her own brand of moisturizer, cleanser, and hydration mist to get ready.
Breakfast: coffee with almond milk and either avocado toast with gluten-free bread or a coconut water smoothie.
She's in the office by 9am to start working on her business, The Honest Company.
“I am relentless. I think you have to be to be successful. There are so many people who give up and it’s so easy to give up when someone says no. It’s so easy to just move on and I think if you’re doing something that’s making a difference, and if you’re doing something that will have an impact, you’re doing something that’s never been done before and you have to figure out your own path and your way of doing it."
Maria Hatzistefanis, founder of Rodial
“My morning routine is the most important part of my day, as I say in my book How To Make it Happen. I like to wake up at around 5.30am and set the tone for the day.
I have a hot water with lemon and an organic double espresso while I scroll through social media and read the industry news. Since lockdown hit, I’ve been filming morning tutorials for Rodial first thing, so I collect my thoughts and make a plan for that day’s video. Filming takes about half an hour and I usually finish at 7am.
I then workout for 45 minutes. I have a selection of online platforms I subscribe to, including Peloton, then I shower and make my way to the office.”
Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington post
Arianna's routine actually starts the night before, by removing all electronic devices from her room, taking a bath, drinking lavender or chamomile tea & reading.
After an 8 hours sleep, she wakes up without an alarm & does a morning meditation for 20-30 mins before working out, which involves 30 minutes on a stationary bike followed by 5 to 10 minutes of yoga stretches.
She’s not a breakfast person, but she does drink Bulletproof Coffee.
Sasha Sabapathy, founder of Glow Bar London
“Mornings are personally my favourite time of the day. I wake up quite early, around 6:30am and drink a glass of hot water with apple cider vinegar and ashwagandha. I find this really helps to cleanse my system while giving me a sense of calm first thing.
I then take my dog Milly for a walk and try to get a workout in. Either I cycle around Regent’s Park, do a Peloton class or an online yoga session. This injection of endorphins really gets my head in the right space for a busy day, and lifts my mood, even if I've woken up with a flooded inbox (which I do not check until at least 9am).
I normally then have a post workout matcha latte with some of our adaptogenic protein in it, plus some good fats in the form of coconut butter – I do intermittent fasting now and again as it keeps me super focused, so this will be my main caloric source until lunchtime. By the time I've cycled or walked into work, I feel ready for the day and excited to tackle my to-do list.”
Oprah Winfrey, TV host & billionaire
Without setting an alarm, Oprah wakes up between 6.02-6.20am to let her dogs outside.
After brushing her teeth, she makes a chai or skim cappucino then takes a trip to her home gym. Her workout involves 20 minutes on the elliptical, 30 minutes of walking on the treadmill and sit-ups.
Oprah then meditates for 10-20 mins.
Breakfast: medium-boiled eggs with multigrain toast, eaten around 8:30 a.m. while she goes through her schedule for the day.
Charlotte Knight, founder & CEO of Ciaté London
“With three brands my working day is non-stop, so I try to take some time for myself before I get stuck into work. It might be a ride on my Peloton bike to clear my head, sitting with my daughter and eating breakfast together before we head off for the day or even just taking that extra 15 or 20 minutes to treat my skin before I apply my makeup.
I believe your mind-set is the key to success. Starting each day with a positive and joyful outlook helps me mentally prepare for the challenges that may face us, and helps me approach these blocks with creativity, passion and drive.”
Meditation, a workout & a healthy breakfast seem to be common themes for these successful women.
How will you start today to make your dreams come true? Hope this blog gave you the inspiration and motivation you need today.