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6 Successful Women Share Their Morning Routines – What Do They Have in Common?

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What’s inside this article: Six successful female entrepreneurs share what their typical morning routines look like. Find out what they all have in common. Can you harness these habits to improve your own life?

Do you ever wonder, what do successful people do in the morning anyway?

Can the set of actions that a person does in the morning before starting their tasks for the day effect your level of success?

Do successful people start their day differently than others?

These are all interesting and valid questions, and while no two morning routines are exactly alike, these are the morning routines of some successful female entrepreneurs.

Lets see what they have in common.

Does Your Morning Routine Affect Your Success?

According to Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning, it does.

How you wake up each day and your morning routine (or lack thereof) dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life.

Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days — which inevitably create a successful life — in the same way, that unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre mornings generate unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre days, and ultimately a mediocre quality of life.

By simply changing the way you wake up in the morning, you can transform any area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible.

– Hal Elrod

Morning Routines from Successful Women

Nancy Twine | Founder of Briogeo

I start every morning with a 10-minute meditation and a prayer of gratitude. I have a crystal quartz and a rose quartz at my bedside and I do my meditations with these.

I have a matcha green tea every single morning. Then I make this very special smoothie in my Vitamix,. It has changed my life and brought me so much energy.

 It’s half water, half almond milk, kale, Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil, and matcha powder. Then I use two Beauty Chef powders—one collagen peptide and one probiotic. I do a wild elderberry extract, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptide Powder, maca root powder, frozen blueberries, and a little bit of frozen mango and banana to cut the taste.

Twice a week I workout at SoulCycle.

I leave my apartment by 8:15 am and I get to the office by 8:30.

Isa Adney | Writer

  • 5:05 am – Make tea and prep breakfast. She mentions, “I love brewing my tea in a teapot and drinking from a teacup. It’s special to me and the ritual of it gets me going.” 
  • 5:15 am – Eat breakfast while reading something inspirational (I’m always reading 3-6 books at any time and love choosing whatever I’m in the mood for that morning). 
  • 5:35 am – Read my goals and journal. 
  • 5:45 am – Drive to the gym with my husband. 
  • 6 am – workout at the gym. 
  • 7 am – Shower/get ready for the day. 
  • 8 am – Look at this document I created with my priorities and review my goals for that particular month. 
  • 8:10 am – Choose the one most important thing I’d like to accomplish that day and enter it into Asana (to-do list program I use). 
  • 8:15 am – Look at my Google Calendar to assess any calls/meetings I might have that day and then build a “today” list in Asana where I’ll list the basic things that will lead my day, starting with that most important ” one thing”. 
  • 8:30 am – Time to get to work, focusing on that list I created, altering as I go, but using the list (which is created based on my goals) to keep my mind focused and my output proactive instead of reactive.

Diana Verde Nieto | CEO of Positive Luxury

My alarm goes off at 6am. I have a coffee then run 9.5km to Shoreditch in 50 minutes, listening to everything from Arctic Monkeys to Whitesnake.

I shower at the Shoreditch House gym and put on a dress, leather jacket, and boots. My office is just around the corner in an old sofa factory and I arrive at 8.30 am so I can work through my emails.

Brands pay an annual fee for our blue butterfly trust mark and I manage all accounts so I often hold business meetings throughout the morning at Cecconi’s in Mayfair or Shoreditch House before popping to White- cross Street Market to pick up some lunch to take back to the office.”

Shannon Whitehead | Founder of Factory45

My alarm goes off at 7:30am. The night before, I set up a podcast on my phone so all I have to do is turn my alarm off and press play. 

A 20-50 minute episode gives me enough time to ease myself awake (and it’s a bonus that by the time I roll out of bed I’ve already learned something).

I go to the bathroom, splash ice-cold water on my face, and put on the kettle. I start off the morning with a mug of hot water with lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and apple cider vinegar (I know, gross – it’s an acquired taste).

I drink it while I read on my couch; usually fiction on my Kindle. After about half an hour I’ll make a green smoothie for breakfast, change into workout clothes, brush my teeth, make my bed (all eight pillows), and head upstairs to my home office between 9:30 and 10:00 am. 

I’ll work until 11:45 am and then head to yoga or the gym. These days I really try to focus my mornings on mentally preparing for the day.

Ani Blinova-Wolff | Co-Owner of Wink Frozen Desserts

5:30-6:00am: My alarm wakes me up somewhere in this time frame. I get up, stretch a bit, and walk to the bathroom. I splash my face with cold water, put in my contacts, and throw on my gym clothes (which I prepped the night before).

I look over my e-mail and make sure there’s nothing pressing I need to attend to. I also check Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

6:00-6:45 am: Next I walk into the kitchen and make myself a glass or two of fresh lemon water. I plug in my kettle to make some coffee using a French Press – it tastes best that way! While the water’s heating up, I prep my house for the day.

If there are laundry and/or dishes to be put away, I do that first. I walk the dog. I’ll do whatever cleaning wasn’t done the night before. By then, the water is hot and the coffee is ready (thank goodness).

I take my coffee into the office and look at my to-do list (which I prepped the night before). I mark off my top three tasks of the day. I know that if I do these three tasks, I’ll feel accomplished at the end of the day. If there’s some more time and I feel inclined, I read the news.

6:45-7:00am: I use these fifteen minutes to do some morning yoga/meditation. This helps me get into the proper mindset to accomplish those top three tasks I outlined earlier. This also helps me stay grounded, positive, and productive throughout the day. 

7:00-8:00 am: The next hour is dedicated to working on my body – I’ll either go for a five or six-mile run, do some strength training, or go to the gym and work on the elliptical, stationary bike, or treadmill. I like to rotate my workouts every day.

8:00-8:30 am: After my workout, I make sure I drink a liter of water. I’ll then take some coconut oil for oil pulling while I’m taking a shower. Then I’ll brush my teeth, dry my hair, and get dressed. I’ll then enjoy my breakfast smoothie (which I prepped the night before).

At 8:30 am, I’m ready to head over with more water to my office to start working! Having this schedule helps keep me in check as I work from home daily.

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. | John C Maxwell

Cathryn Lavery | Co-Founder of Best Self

  • Wake – I use a sleep cycle app to wake up
  • Ice cold water – I drink 16 oz of ice-cold water to re-hydrate and get my metabolism kick-started
  • 7-minute workout
  • Cold shower – When I first heard friends talk about taking cold showers in the morning, I thought they were nuts. Then I tried it. Yes, it sucked at the time but I felt so energized and alive after it that I’ve been doing it every day since.
  • Meditation – I use the Muse headband to meditation for 7-12 minutes each morning
  • Bulletproof coffee
  • Morning pages – I write a 3-page stream of consciousness of whatever is on my mind. This gets my brain working and thinking more creatively.
  • Reading – 20 minutes of reading every morning, books on mindset, personal growth, and business inspires me at the beginning of my day.
  • Plan the day – I use the Self Journal to map out my day in 30-minute increments, what my three big things of the day are, and the time block when they will be completed.
  • Get to work – I start my day by doing the hardest task on my prioritized list.

What Do These Routines Have In Common?

Did you notice any commonalities as you read through the morning routines of these six successful women?

There were some common morning rituals that popped up throughout. So if you’ve ever wondered, what do successful women do in the morning?

This is what I’ve noticed.

When successful women wake up, they:

  • Meditate
  • Write
  • Read
  • Drink water
  • Exercise
  • Plan their day
  • Review their goals and core values

So what can you take away from this?

If you want to improve productivity, and strive to become your best self, start integrating some of these habits into your daily routines.

For tips on successfully sticking to your habits, read: Building Healthy Habits

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