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9 Daily Routines & Rituals Of Highly Successful People

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Daily Routines and rituals of successful people

Many of us think successful people do strange rituals to reach their success.

The truth is that they follow simple routines. They wake up and stick to a game plan. They find freedom in their routine while average people see routine as imprisoning.

To put it into perspective here are the routines and daily rituals of some highly successful people.

 

The Daily Routines & Rituals of The Highly Successful

 

1. Maya Angelou (Author)

Maya Angelou daily ritualsMaya Angelou would get up around 5:30 and grab a cup of coffee with her husband. She could only do her work in a hotel or motel room.  She would keep a face basin, dictionary, bottle of sherry, and a bible with her.

“If the work is going badly, I stay until 12:30. If it’s going well, I’ll stay as long as it’s going well.”

When she arrived home she would go over what she had written. Then she would shower, prepare dinner to unwind by the time her husband would get home.

After their dinner she would read what she wrote to her husband without expecting comments.

 

2. Benjamin Franklin (Inventor)

Benjamin Franklins routine and ritualsBenjamin Franklin had a strict schedule. He made time for all that was important to him. All at specific times of the day for him.

His famous question for every day was What good shall I do this day?

He would wake, wash up, eat breakfast then work from 8-12. He would dine with friends and look over his accounts then work for a couple more hours.

He would review his accomplishment for the day and retire. He also adopted the practice of daily air baths. Instead of taking a cold shower, which he felt shocked his body too much,  he would stand naked  and bath in the cold air.

I rise early almost every morning, and sit in my chamber without any clothes whatever, half an hour or an hour, according to the season, either reading or writing. This practice is not in the least painful, but on the contrary, agreeable; and if I return to bed afterwards, before I dress myself, as sometimes happens, I make a supplement to my night’s rest, of one or two hours of the most pleasing sleep that can be imagined.

I’m not always the best sleeper, so I’m tempted to try this and see if I too can have some of “the most pleasing sleep that can be imagined”!

 

3. Jack Dorsey (CEO Square & Founder of Twitter)

Jack Dorsey routine and ritualsThis guy is a machine. When he was running both companies he would dedicate 8 hours a day to both!

The only way to do this is to be very disciplined and very practiced – Jack Dorsey

To deal with distractions of the week he created a weekly schedule he would stick to everyday so he knew what he was working on.

Monday: Management and running the company Tuesday: Product Wednesday: Marketing and communications, growth Thursday: Developers and partnerships Friday: Company culture and recruiting

 

4. Winston Churchill (Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)

Winston Churchill daily routine and ritualWinston had a “modern day routine” that many people would love to have.

He woke up at 7am and would stay in bed until 11. He would catch up on local news, eat his breakfast, and speak with his secretaries. He would then bathe, walk outside, the start work with whisky and soda.

For late lunch he would eat with family and friends. At 5 he would take a nap for a couple hours, bathe again and get ready for dinner.

Dinner was considered the highlight of his day, with much socializing, drinking, and smoking that sometimes went past midnight. After his guests left, he would then work for another hour or so before heading to bed.

 

5. Stephen King (Author)

Stephen King daily routine and ritualWhen asked about his schedule the legendary writer said:

“I have a glass of water or a cup of tea. There’s a certain time I sit down, from 8:00 to 8:30, somewhere within that half hour every morning,” he explained. “I have my vitamin pill and my music, sit in the same seat, and the papers are all arranged in the same places. The cumulative purpose of doing these things the same way every day seems to be a way of saying to the mind, you’re going to be dreaming soon.”

 

6. Beethoven (Music Composer)

Beethoven daily routine and ritualThe famous composer would wake at dawn, have a 60 bean cup of coffee. He would sit at his desk and work until 3:00 pm.

He would then take small break during his days. He would then take a walk after midday lunch. He would keep a pencil and music paper with him incase he got some inspiration.

He would visit taverns in the evening and would go out to watch stage plays or meet with friends.

He would rarely work on music in the evening and would go to bed by 10 pm at the latest.

 

 

7. Barack Obama (U.S. President)

Barack Obama daily routine and ritualBarack starts his day at 6:45 am with a work out and then has breakfast with his family. He starts his work day at 9 am in morning. he handles all the issues that a president must handle. Lobbyist, Bills, reform, global peace treaties, you know the norm. His day ends at 6pm.

Obama has dinner with his wife and daughters to reflect. Of course he has a lot of routines during the day which is top secret. But you see how the normal routine of the beginning and end of his days are.

 

 

8. Evan Williams (Twitter, Blogger, Medium Founder)

Evan Williams daily routine ritualEvan Williams, The founder of Blogger, Twitter, and Medium is a machine that works all day right? He actually doesn’t.

Evan Williams makes sure to take a break mid day, to go to the gym. He found out that he was more productive in the morning so he uses that time to get important work done then.

My focus is usually great first thing in the morning, so going to the gym first is a trade-off of very productive time. Instead, I’ve started going mid-morning or late afternoon (especially on days I work late).

 

9. Ernest Hemingway (Author)

Ernest Hemingway daily routine ritualHemingway would work as the sun rose until he got all his thoughts out. Unlike most writers who write a lot during the day, he would only write in the morning.

He would then hold his thoughts in his head for the remainder of the day, anticipating the next morning where he could get all the of them on paper.

 

 

Conclusion

So as you can see. The routines of the people listed about aren’t anything too crazy, beside Ben’s “Air Bath”. They found what worked for them and stuck to it for the span of their professional careers and lives.

What is your routine? Please share it with us in the comments section below.

Eugene is a serial entrepreneur. He blogs at EugeneHennie.com and outlines his entrepreneurial projects and thoughts. He is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve all their goals. Feel free to connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

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  1. David

    Jul 31, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    wake up 6am
    work out for 30 min and shower
    prepare breakfast and pack it to work
    read a book on journey to work
    have breakfast before start working
    — some times go out with friends
    read a book on back journey to home
    study, play, share with family till 10.30pm

  2. Rick Watson

    May 26, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Up at 5:00. Shower, walk the dogs. At work at 6:30. Breakfast while working at 8:00. Work until 5:30 – 6:00. Go home. Family time, dinner. Then walk the dogs again. In bed by 10:00. Repeat.

  3. shreyansh dixit

    Mar 31, 2014 at 10:08 am

    getup at 0530 jog 7-8 kms ,bathe,creative meditation 45 mins,plot nifty index 7 min. graph and publish in sabkabhala.com,trade ,work in office till 6.30 pm, meditate 7 to 8 pm ,drink & family time , sleep at 1030pm.

  4. Rigzen

    Feb 10, 2014 at 8:33 am

    All great people having different timings yet successful whether work whole day or for limited time …so i would like to work as P.M Winston Churchill 😉

  5. Hardworking

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    They are all unique. The funny one is the President. Really? Top Secret? If he had accomplished anything of substance it would be worth noting his schedule!

    • Kathy Anderson

      Feb 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      He is the president of the United States. I think that is unique for a man in his position. So when are you going to be president. We are all unique. Sure.y you have evolved to know that?

  6. Carolyn

    Feb 6, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I’m a writer and I love to have a routine. I write everything down in my agenda the day before for what I want to do the next day. I have a bad memory so having everything written down really helps. I always start my day with a shot of wheatgrass and I always end my day with some gin.

  7. Daniel

    Feb 5, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    It’s really just a matter of sticking to the game plan and being consistent. Messing that pattern up may hurt your future success.

  8. Naomi@businessstart-ups

    Feb 3, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Eugene,

    I’m speechless at Winston Churchill’s routine. How could such a powerful, influential man of been so lazy.

    When did he exactly work?

    Naomi

    • Solomon

      Feb 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      Looooool………I always take articles like these with a pinch of salt, the only routine I believe is my own.

    • Emad

      Feb 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Yep I agree..what about his whisky routine? What a routine!,, every day takes alcohole was he a drunkman or prime minister?!!!!!

    • IT

      Apr 2, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      Haha, Naomi, the author forgot to mention that Churchill WORKED in bed. He took breakfast, read papers and signed documents in the morning, all while in bed.
      Hope that acquits the great man for you 🙂

  9. Yiannis Kontou

    Feb 2, 2014 at 3:35 am

    7am kick off
    5.5 km light run
    Usually takes me 40mins
    Objective is to complete the run
    No time limit …just enjoy the sights and music
    Swim 10mins
    Brekky with musli fruit ncoffee and my favourite music
    Ready to attack the day

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