15 Successful Women Share Their Morning Routines
Wake up and smell the success!
1. Anna Curran, Founder, CookbookCreate.com
"My morning ritual starts with going to one of my favorite ClassPass classes, like Yoga at Jivamukti or Pilates at Sal Anthony's. After showering, it's time for a healthy, homemade breakfast of eggs and spinach or granola and yogurt. It's really important to me that my mornings aren't rushed, and that I start my day by caring for myself so I have plenty of stamina for my challenging schedule."
2. Arianna Huffington, co-founder The Huffington Post
“A big part of my morning ritual is about what I don’t do: When I wake up, I don’t start the day by looking at my smartphone. Instead, once I’m awake, I take a minute to breathe deeply, be grateful, and set my intention for the day.” Huffington radiates positive energy and has been setting the pace for the digital media industry for the last decade, so we think she’s a great woman to emulate.
3. Jenna Lyons, creative director at president of J.Crew
"I do my makeup in about five minutes, and I get dressed in about three minutes. I definitely don’t have a work uniform. The idea of a uniform is like a slow and painful death to me. There is nothing I like more than getting dressed.”
4. Anneke Jong, VP of Operations & Strategy at Reserve
"I never start a day without listening to Morning Edition on NPR. I stream it from my phone in the bathroom while I'm showering and getting ready for the day."
5. Oprah Winfrey
"Yesterday I got up at 6. I was going to get up at 5:30, but at 1 am I sent an email to security saying, 'Give me an extra half hour.' I got to the office about 6:30 and got on the treadmill downstairs in the gym. [While on the treadmill] I play Scrabble on my iPad, against the computer."
6. Claudia Chan, The Leadership Expert
"Wake, feed dog/let dog out if my husband has not done so yet, shower & dress, intentionally avoid looking at email and social media first thing. 7:30 – 8:15 If I am good, 15-45 minute Yogaglo or other exercise videso, always get at least 5 minute meditation to breathe in strength and courage for the day, then I evernote/write down in detail all I want to accomplish, miracles to expect, attitude I will lead with."
7. Arielle Tepper Madover, Arielle Tepper Madover Productions
"Usually, I wake up at 6:20 and hop on the elliptical for a quick workout before I wake up my kids at 7 a.m. Then, I sit down with them and my husband for breakfast, hop in the shower, then get dressed and take my kids to school. Then, I’ll either work out with a trainer or go straight into an early meeting."
8. Kim Kardashian
"My first real conversation of the day is with North … I like to check her room as soon as I wake up. Then I go for my run. I live in a gated community with lots of horse trails, so I run on those, or on the treadmill in our home gym on the other side of the house.
My workouts are usually about an hour, maybe an hour and 15 minutes total, but I like to mix them up. Running takes me about 35 minutes on the trails, and then I’ll come back and work my abs or legs. I like to listen to music while I work out, but I don’t need it to pump me up or get energized."
9. Katherine Power, Co-Founder and CEO, Clique Media
“Exercise wakes me up and gets my juices flowing. I get my best ideas working out or on a drive back from the gym to the house. Breakfast consists of one egg on a piece of toast and some avocado.”
10. Susan Danziger, Founder & CEO, Ziggeo
"I lay out gym clothes the night before — it reminds me to hit the gym and makes it super easy to throw them on and get out the door. And no matter how I’m feeling, I make sure to put them on as soon as I wake up — once I’m in my gym clothes, the likelihood of actually going greatly increases. Once I’m there, I’ll begin checking email and writing blog posts while I’m on the stationary bike."
11. Shama Hyder, The Social Media Guru
"Wake up. I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a morning person. I don’t wake up at 5 am. However, I do focus on making my waking hours productive. I check email and respond to any immediate issues which need addressing."
12. Christie Marchese, CEO, Picture Motion
"A big part of my morning routine is digesting as much news as possible in the most efficient way. So I read TheSkimm and scan MediaRedef while still in bed, and click through to the articles I want to read later on the subway. Then while showering or getting ready for work, I listen to NPR."
13. Keri Glassman, The Nutritionist
"5:45/6:00 Alarm goes off. I am usually very fast to get up and out. Go to kitchen and pour myself large glass of water and add a lemon wedge. Take my supplements. Turn coffee pot on – on a good morning I already put the coffee in the night before.
Go to the computer and usually edit one or two items. I do my best thinking in the morning so I save these for the early morning. Then I move on to the kids scheduling. Did I respond to so and so’s mom that yes Maizy could play that day, did I make sure to tell the soccer coach that Rex had a dentist appointment?"
14. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Model, Actress, and Entrepreneur
"Breakfast of a preferably Paleo meal, spritzing myself with perfume, and enduring a major sweat session. I’m addicted to Body by Simone and Ballet Bodies in L.A."
15. Julie Logan, Director Of Brand Strategy At GIPHY
"My morning starts with the lights automatically sunrising to peak bright, eventually accompanied with a not-so-chill-vibes Sonos playlist to really make sure I'm up. Some days it's straight to the gym, others I'll work on some side projects or read any of the three things I'm in the middle of — a well-recommended book or last week’s New Yorker (okay, a few weeks back… I'm very bad at keeping current with those). Breakfast is the one area where my Cali roots really hold strong; it always involves avocado deliciousness and some time on our patio looking at the water, reading, tweeting, or deep in thought. Then to the L! To Soho! To work!"
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