Maybe you hit the snooze button a few times. Maybe you shoot out of bed and head straight to the coffeemaker in your kitchen. Maybe you turn on the morning news as you stumble to the shower.
Whatever you do each morning, there may be a better way to boost your adrenaline when you greet the sun. A new infographic from UK-based Dreams offers a comprehensive look at the sleeping and waking patterns of some of the most successful people in the world. Here’s a preview of some of the most memorable starts to the morning.
When you’re exploring space, managing an airline and opening new hotels, sleeping in isn’t an option. Branson says he leaves his curtains open in order to wake up as soon as the sun peeks in the window. While you can mimic Branson’s open-curtain policy, it might be a bit more challenging to copy the rest of his routine. When he wakes up, he either swims around his island or goes kite surfing.
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You may own a pair of Tory Burch flats, but walking a mile in her actual shoes requires an early approach to the day. She wakes up at 5:45, immediately checks work emails, gets her three boys out of bed and exercises for 45 minutes.
Success doesn’t always mean starting early, though. Simon Cowell, the music business mogul of X Factor and American Idol fame, hits the snooze button twice before eating oatmeal and drinking three smoothies.
Want to reduce the time you need to get ready for work? Just follow the Facebook founder’s advice. He wears the same t-shirt each day to eliminate wasting valuable minutes deciding what to wear. I just hope he owns a number of these t-shirts rather than wearing the exact same piece of clothing. Otherwise, Facebook’s office would not receive a ‘like’ for being smell-friendly.
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Jack Dorsey earned part of his fortune by helping people craft messages in seconds on Twitter, but his mornings are more than 140-character blasts. He wakes up at 5:30 AM to meditate before heading out on a six-mile jog.
Your morning isn’t the only difference-maker in your day. Check out “5 Distractions That Are Killing Your Productivity” for advice on how to accomplish more at work.