Morning Routines of Famous People
Fascination with celebrity culture isn’t a new phenomenon. Tabloid covers filled with attention-grabbing headlines about celebrities have been pulling us in for centuries, and celebrity news publications have been gaining momentum consistently since the 1950s.
But today, everything we’d like to know about our favorite famous people is a few clicks away.
Through social media, we’ve been granted a unique opportunity to connect directly with the people who’ve previously seemed so elusive. What have we discovered? A lot. But mostly, we’ve found that, for the most part, famous people are actually pretty normal.
Who knew that Queen Bey’s ideal Sunday morning includes cuddling and brunch? Regardless of whether it’s a day off or her schedule is jam-packed, Beyonce starts her day with prayer, meditation and reflection on the things she’s grateful for.
Here are some other admirable morning rituals you too can integrate into your daily routine.
1. Plan Your Day
If you’re a type B, roll-with-the-punches kind of person, sticking to a schedule (or even making one) can be challenging. If you’re not a planner, making a schedule in the morning for the present day—rather than planning your whole week—is a more realistic option.
A lot of successful people believe that taking inventory of what you want to accomplish is the first step to getting things done. Your schedule doesn’t have to be grueling, like Mark Wahlberg’s two-a-days, but celebrities and scientists agree that planning your day is key to maximizing each day’s potential.
Learn how to use the mornings to plan your day.
2. Get Active
Exercise seems to be the answer to a vast majority of ailments. Barack Obama, Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner and Bill Gates (among others) agree that it’s better to hit the treadmill than the snooze button.
A morning workout can boost your focus, mood, alertness and energy levels to help you make the most of your day. If you can’t bear the thought of getting out of your cozy bed to face the outdoors (or the gym), opt for at-home workouts that don’t require any equipment.
Anything that gets the blood pumping will produce the desired effects of a morning workout, and running in place in your pajamas is totally acceptable.
Read about some of the best morning workout routines to kickstart the day.
3. Take Time for Self-Care
Self-care is not selfish. Jennifer Aniston, leader of the #MomentForMe campaign, makes “me time” part of her morning, regardless of how demanding her day’s schedule is.
Others, including Lea Michele and even Queen Elizabeth II, know the importance of taking care of yourself before you take on the day.
Looking for ways to treat yourself to more me-time? Read our Tips for Morning Self-Care.
4. Work on Your Craft
A range of accomplished artists, including Jane Austin, Stephen King, Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway understood that the quiet, calm hours just before and after sunrise are a perfect time to maximize productivity without distractions.
There’s no doubt that technology enhances productivity, but in this phone-in-hand age, it can be difficult to stay on-task. If you struggle to stay focused throughout the day, early morning can be an especially valuable part of your day.
5. Eat Breakfast
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast fuels the body and the mind, and no, coffee isn’t an adequate replacement.
Aim for nutrient-rich foods without added sugar. There are plenty of on-the-go options if you don’t have time to prep and eat breakfast at home. Wellness blogger and The Hills alum Lo Bosworth, personal trainer and The Bachelorette alum Peter Kraus and model and actress Elizabeth Hurley all agree that a demanding day is no excuse to skip breakfast.
Learn more about skipping vs. eating breakfast.
6. Practice Mindfulness
“Mindfulness” is more than a buzzword. It’s defined as “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.”
It’s a can’t-miss practice for many famous (and non-famous) people. Oprah Winfrey and the late Steve Jobs attribute their success, in part, to the practice of mindfulness. And we’d be hard-pressed to name two people who have seen more success than these two.
Interested in trying meditation? Read our Guide to Morning Meditation.
Design Your Own Morning Routine
There’s no single morning routine that works for everyone, but there’s definitely a morning routine that’ll work wonders for you. Use this list of morning routines of successful people as a guide, but don’t try to replicate someone else’s morning routine—work on creating your own.
Not sure what routine is best for you? Read our Guide to Creating Your Perfect Morning Routine.
The best morning routine for you is one that’s achievable and makes you look forward to sunrise, rather than dread it.
Start by making small changes and adding a little structure to your mornings. Don’t beat yourself up if (and when) you miss a few days—aim for progress, not perfection.
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