The Daily Routine of Great Performers
How do successful businesspeople structure their days to ensure they’re performing at their best? Read on:
If we’re being honest, our morning routine often looks like this: Hit snooze. Hit snooze again. Try one more time. Panic shower because we’re late now. Grab a banana on the way out of the door. Sound familiar? If so, you might want to reconsider your daily routine.
According to author Mason Currey in his book, Daily Rituals, “A solid routine fosters a well-worn groove for one’s mental energies and helps to stave off the tyranny of moods.” In fact, research shows that a strong, considered daily routine is essential for wellbeing – and success. So what should you make part of your daily schedule? Here are some ideas from some of the most successful and powerful performers in the world. Spoiler alert: they all suggest exercise.
Wake up early:
Tom Corley, an accountant, financial planner and author of Change your Habits, change your Life, surveyed 233 wealthy individuals, and found that 50% say they wake up at least three hours before their workday starts to workout, read, work on side projects, or meditate.
Tony Robbins, life and business coach, starts his day with a 10-minute meditation exercise he created called Priming. It includes: a 1-minute breathing exercise, 3 minutes of expressing gratitude, 3 minutes of visualising a light healing his body, and 3 minutes visualising success; what it would feel like to achieve three of his goals.
Set your intention for the day:
Steve Jobs, during a speech at Stanford, said, “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” Setting your goals for the day is something many powerful people advocate.
Exercise exercise exercise:
Across the board, successful performers incorporate exercise into their daily routine. Anna Wintour of Vogue starts every day with a tennis game. Barack Obama works out for 45-minutes before starting work. Ryan Holiday, bestselling author, does some form of strenuous exercise during the afternoons. It doesn’t have to be a marathon, but successful people know that making sure you exercise is imperative to a healthy body and mind.
Be considered in your diet:
Dick Costolo, Former CEO of Twitter, fasts from 8pm. “I’m on intermittent fasting, which means I eat only between noon and 8pm. I stick to this, seven days a week. By restricting the range of when I eat, I’m a lot more mindful of what I eat,” he says. Other successful business owners focus on eating the same thing every morning (organic protein and vegetables top the list), in order to limit the amount of decisions they need to make each day. One thing is certain; it’s always healthy, like best-selling author and blogger, Seth Godin, who has the same smoothie, consisting of frozen bananas, hemp powder, almond milk, prunes and walnuts, every morning. Healthy eating is a non-negotiable for success, to provide energy.
Make time for family:
Conrad Anker, Legendary Climber, told Outside Online, “My wife and I walk our dogs every day. This is a really important part of my day.” When the day is over, most powerful performers suggest unplugging your devices, winding down and taking a moment to reflect on the day that passed.