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10 Routines of Highly Successful People

6 March 2021

Success Comes to Those Who Work Hard for It Every Day. Read on to Find Out Daily Routines of Some Highly Successful People.

We all have the same 24 hours in a day so how come successful people manage to get more done?

How do entrepreneurs, leaders, elite athletes and performers use their daily hours to move forward?

In this article we’ll break down the daily routines of some of the most successful people, from Elon Musk to Beyonce, and show you exactly how they run things.

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With that being said, let’s start the list with:

1

Elon Musk

He calls himself an entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and investor — the CEO of Tesla, the founder of SpaceX, the Boring Company, SolarCity and Neurolink. Also, one of the most successful people on Earth.

So how does he manage to split his time into so many things? Let’s start with the morning, he wakes up at around 7 am every single day, and while he sometimes skips breakfast, he never skips the morning shower.

Musk said his best ideas come when he is in the shower.

He’s famous for scheduling everything in minute detail, and having a detailed plan for the day in five-minute slots — what he calls batching. 

Elon’s well-known for having mastered a number of complicated fields that are necessary for his work. 

“One bit of advice is to view knowledge as a sort of semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and big branches before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang onto’’.

2

Jeff Bezos

Jeff is one of the few entrepreneurs who doesn’t rush his mornings.

He wakes up without an alarm, takes time to read the news, eat breakfast with his kids and even do the dishes. He really takes his time in this part of the day, something he calls “putterning”.

He sees the main focus of his work as making important decisions. That’s what he spends the productive part of his day doing, and he gives himself a window of between 10am and 5pm to make them. 

He sets his first meeting at 10am.  And he also makes it the most important meeting of the day. As his brain power reaches its peak at around 10 o’clock, he reserves that slot for the meeting that will require the most brain power.

In his words:

“I like to do my high IQ meetings before lunch, like anything that’s going to be really mentally challenging, that’s a 10:00 am meeting”.

3

Oprah Winfrey

One thing that stands out about Oprah’s routine is a balance between work and self-care. 

“For me now, a perfect day is not just one thing; it’s a series of small things. It’s the crisp air on your face when you open the door in the morning, the reflection of mountains and clouds in a crystal lake. It’s paying attention: What does the sky look like? Where’s the sun? When you’re walking down a path, how do your feet feel when they touch the grass?”

It’s probably fair to say that she puts in fewer hours of work than many CEOs, and it’s hard to believe that she’s managed to have such a relaxed time of it throughout her career. How then, is she one of the most successful people you know?

Oprah gets up early, but not crazy early, between 6am and 7am. She doesn’t use an alarm clock, instead using an alternative that’s more natural, and comes with a lot more personality — her five dogs.

“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”

4

Beyonce

Beyonce is known for her intense focus on detail, working hard to get things right until she’s totally satisfied.

She gets up at 6am — even on a Sunday. In fact, she’s mentioned that she makes a point of getting up earlier than necessary, so as to have time to be alone with her thoughts early in the morning, without having to rush. This extra time is spent setting goals, and practicing gratitude — or taking time to focus on things she’s grateful for. 

In the afternoon, usually from around 2pm, she’ll get down to some more serious work. She’s known for being a workaholic and her minute attention to detail, and to take as long as it needs to get it right. 

Her childhood friend and Destiny’s Child co-star, Kelly Rowland, remembers Beyoncé staying up until 4AM the night before concerts perfecting routines. And her younger sister, Solange, remembers when she used to stay up late into the night perfecting a single line of a song in her bedroom. 

Still have some excuses for not being a morning person? Check out 10 Best Reasons To Become A Morning Person.

5

Angela Merkel

For ten consecutive years, she’s been named by Forbes as the most powerful woman in the world. In 2005, she became Germany’s first female Chancellor. 

And as leader of the world’s fourth largest economy, now serving her fourth term, she’s also considered the unofficial leader of Europe. 

From what we know about Angela Merkel’s routine, we can see that despite her hectic working schedule,  she makes a point of starting the morning on an unrushed note, something that’s sure to set her up for the rest of the day. 

She also sets aside time to exercise, cook and even garden, and keep up long-standing rituals, like going to the sauna on Thursday mornings. 

While she sets herself lofty goals and makes vital decisions for Germany, she’s also very keen on staying in touch with the people she represents, which we can see in her habits of cycling to work, shopping in the supermarket and living in a regular apartment. All these habits have made her one of the most successful people.

“You could certainly say that I’ve never underestimated myself, there’s nothing wrong with being ambitious.”

“Always be more than you appear and never appear to be more than you are.”

6

Dwayne Johnson

Everything the Rock does is big.

Having started out as a wrestling star, he made the transition to action movies seamlessly, and can command more than $20 million per movie. 

He also has his own tequila brand, Teremana, partners with Under Armour for his clothing line, Project Rock, and has been involved in a number of TV projects.

So how does he find time for everything?

The Rock doesn’t fix a time for him to get up. But with the hectic day that’s ahead of him, it’s important for him to get up early enough to have that part of the day all to himself. 

“The only thing that’s regimented is I have to wake up before the sun gets up, and I have my two hours alone when no one else is up and the house is quiet.”

He says that having time to himself, those two hours alone, and being able to do his workouts are his two anchors in life. 

Once he’s got these bases covered, he can achieve anything. He can put in long hours, make movies, become one of the most ripped people in the world.

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success.”

7

Cristiano Ronaldo

Not a huge amount of detail is known about Ronaldo’s morning routines, although we know he gets up early, and has breakfast, often ham and cheese with low-fat yoghurt. What we do know is that wherever he’s been, he’s always the first player on the squad to be training. 

His former Manchester United teammate, Carlos Tevez has talked about his obsession for being the first at the training grounds, leaving his fellow players baffled.  

“If we were training at nine in the morning, you would go there at eight and he’d be there. If you got there at half seven, he was there. I said to myself: ‘How do you catch this guy out? So I got there one day at half six and he was there. He was half asleep but he was there.”

Like a lot of top-level athletes who are constantly pushing their bodies, getting enough sleep is vital for Ronaldo, which is why he gets quite a bit more than what you’d expect from a CEO, or from anyone who isn’t a top-level athlete. He gets eight hours sleep a night, as well as several naps during the day, sometimes as many as five. All these routines have put him in the list of the most highly successful people.

8

Warren Buffet

Try thinking of somebody who’s great and investing, and the chances are, Warren Buffett will be the first name to come into your mind.

With a net worth of over $85 billion, he’s nicknamed the Oracle of Omaha due to his uncanny ability to know what way the markets are going.

So, what does he spend most of his time doing? Mostly reading. In fact he estimates that around 80% of his time at the office is spent reading. Journals, financial statements, business reports, newspapers and books. 

Once when he was asked how to be successful in investment, he mentioned that reading was the key. He answered by holding up a stack of paper and saying:

“Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”

9

Tony Robbins 

He isn’t just known not for being a motivational speaker — he’s known for being the motivational speaker’s motivational speaker. 

More than anyone else in this list, Tony Robbins is known for his daily routines. That’s because he doesn’t just follow them. He’s written extensively about them, and gone into detail about how routines help him achieve his goals and feel great, and how they can help you do the same. 

“Habits put our brains on autopilot, freeing up our concentration for bigger things. They are the rhythm of our daily lives, the backdrop to everything else we do.”

Tony starts the day with a dip in a cold pool or tub,  or even a snow-covered river when there happens to be one nearby. 

Then comes the most important part of the Robbins Morning Routine. Taking ten minutes to do a breathing ritual. While focusing on his breathing, he thinks about what he’s grateful for, and then prays. It all takes 10 minutes. As Tony says, if you don’t have ten minutes to yourself, you don’t have a life.

And if you don’t have a life Aluxers, how can you enter the list of these successful people?

10

Sundar Pichai

Pichai Sundararajan, or Sundar Pichai, as he’s better known, has been the CEO of Alphabet Inc. since being appointed to the role in 2015 by co-founder, Larry Page.

Sundar wakes up early, usually between 6:30 and 7:00. He then reads a book or a newspaper. You’d expect Google’s CEO to get his news online, but no, Sundar prefers an old-fashioned print newspaper every morning. 

“I’m not a morning person, so I need my time with my paper and tea to wake up and kind of get going.” 

Whatever the day might bring, Sundar stresses that it’s important to keep things in perspective. Back in January, he told a group of Indian students to “loosen up” and make time for fun. “It’s a long road, setbacks actually don’t matter,” he said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

We hope you found some value in this article, Aluxers!

Question:

Do you follow any routine? What makes your day better and more productive? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.