The First Thing 8 Successful People Do Every Morning

Inspiration to help you power through your day.

Sophia Banay Moura
Dec 15, 2016 · 3 min read

Think back to your first moments of the day today. Were you a little slow to wake up, climb out of bed, and start brewing coffee? Turns out, that groggy feeling right after waking up has a scientific name—sleep inertia—and studies have found that it can last for up to four hours every day.

One way to combat sleep inertia is with a routine. That’s why some of the world’s leading artists, executives, and entertainers have airtight morning routines to get them up and out of bed. Like the sound of one of them? Try incorporating it into your own day tomorrow.

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“Stretch and drink water.”

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“Meditate. No matter where I am in the world, that one’s pretty non-negotiable. Investing even a few minutes in meditation makes the whole day happier and more productive.”

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“Have breakfast with my kids.”

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“For the past two weeks, I’ve been checking on Diana first thing. Diana is the lil’ pup I just adopted.”

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Credit Robyn Von Swank

“I usually use the restroom! Then after that, I like to drink warm water with lemon to get my system started for the day. I’m a big believer in hydration!”

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“I try to get a workout in.”

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“Look at myself in the mirror, weigh myself, and take a shower.”

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“Drink water, stretch, and take a deep breath.”

For more inspiration, check out the Thrive Questionnaire, an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.

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