Morning Habits of Highly Successful People
The secret to starting the day right. These people have it down to a science.
We’ve all been there. We roll out of bed, wash up, change and it’s out the front door. This may be pretty standard for some, but for others having a morning routine sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Is there a correlation between good morning habits and success? We asked Asia’s more successful individuals what their morning routines were and we found some striking similarities. Here are some morning habits that just might be the secret to their success.
Early to Rise
The highly successful people we asked all wake up before 6.30am, with some rising at 5am! Art Collector and CEO and Founder of PTT Family Ronald Akili reveals the secret to rising early: “Starting the day right usually begins the night before. I unwind by reading to put my mind at ease. The next morning, I’m usually up at 5am.”
How often do you get up in the middle of the night to drink a glass of water? After almost eight hours of dehydration, the thing your body needs in the morning is a glass of water or four. The health and fitness experts from the group suggest making it the first thing you do in the morning. Taylor Rank, Strength and Conditioning Coach at Chōsen, says: “Most of the time, my mornings start at 5:05 am. I wake up, roll over and immediately drink 500ml-1L of water.” Elika, founder of ElikaFit and Food Rebel, takes it a step further: “The first thing I do is pour myself 1 litre of warm water with a slice of lemon, most of that is drunk straight away but I make sure its drunk in the first 30 minutes of waking. This is a natural detox for my body, as lemon is cleansing but also gives me a head start with hydration. I do live in the tropics!”
Centre and Ground Yourself
All the people we spoke to place emphasis on starting the day right, either by meditating, doing yoga or just spending time with family. Dr Kevin Chua, Founder of Drs Chua & Partners, wakes his daughter up first thing as she can’t wake up without him. He says: “My wife and I wake up at 6.15am – she’s normally the one waking me up as I can’t hear the alarm. We then spend a few minutes praying together as I feel it sets the tone for the rest of the day, then it’s off to wake my daughter up and spend some time with her. Family time is very important to me.”
Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day
Breakfast is a must-have for everyone we spoke with. They dine on a spread of yoghurt, toast, eggs, fruit and more. Paul Jordaan, General Manager of The Slate Phuket, enjoys a fruit bowl of tropical fruits with cooked oats and honey. This combined with a quick yoga and breathing session gets him “suitably relaxed for a meeting with the Head of Departments, and in the right mindset to tackle any challenges that might arise.”
Get Your Blood Pumping
Our successful people get their fitness in first thing with yoga, swimming or surfing to start the day. Rank goes for his first coaching class at 6am. Others like Dr Chua, Akili, Elika and Jordaan swear by morning yoga and sun salutations.
Keep Up with The Rest of the World
While you were sleeping, a whole other half of the world was awake. Start your morning right by catching up with what happened while you were acquiring those much needed Zees. Elika explains her morning routine: “As I’m getting ready in the morning I'm normally immersing my brain with the latest news from business insider, YouTube recommendations or Ted talks.”