We’re all familiar with the saying, “the early bird catches the worm.” But what exactly does that early bird do to snag those opportunities?
We often hear about the habits successful people avoid, but it’s equally important to know what they consistently do. And interestingly, many of these habits occur before the rest of the world has even hit the snooze button.
Today, let’s explore 10 things successful people always do before 8 am.
You might just discover a new morning routine that propels you towards success!
1) They wake up early
Successful people know all about the benefits of an early start to their day. Actress Jennifer Aniston is one such person — she’s up at 4:30 a.m. and gets herself some quality time before the rest of us are even awake.
I totally understand why.
Before the sun rises and the world begins to stir lies the perfect window for a serene tranquility that sparks creativity and focus.
This undisturbed time allows us to plan our day, set our goals, and mentally prepare for the challenges ahead.
For successful people, waking up early isn’t just about having more hours in the day. It’s about starting the day with a clear mind and a proactive attitude.
2) They hydrate
One of my first actions upon waking is to reach for a glass of water. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s a far better option than coffee.
You know why?
Because after several hours of sleep, our bodies need hydration to kickstart our metabolism and aid in digestion. Coffee gives us that jolt of caffeine to wake us up, for sure, but water is way more hydrating.
Water also helps to flush out toxins and can actually increase our levels of alertness. It’s a simple act, but one that has a powerful impact on my overall health and well-being.
3) They exercise
Another thing successful people do before 8 a.m. is to move their bodies. Staying physically healthy and fit is non-negotiable for them.
I’ve recently gotten into this habit, too, and I’ve found that it’s true — exercising before 8 am boosts my energy levels, sharpens my focus, and sets a positive tone for the rest of the day.
You can do this as well, and it doesn’t even have to be a full-length workout. You can just take a brisk walk around your neighborhood (or on a treadmill) or do a yoga session or a short but high-intensity workout.
The point is to let the endorphins that exercise releases fuel your body and mind. Believe me, those mood-boosting hormones really go a long way in helping us tackle the day with an upbeat attitude!
4) They avoid checking their emails
You might expect successful people to dive straight into their inbox first thing in the morning, but guess what?
They actually do the opposite.
They know that starting the day reacting to others’ demands can derail their focus and productivity.
Instead, they dedicate their first few hours to strategic thinking, planning and executing critical tasks. I do this as well, and it has really changed the tone of my day from frantic to in-charge.
By prioritizing my own agenda first, I ensure that I’m driving my day, rather than letting my day drive me. The emails can wait until I’ve made headway on my most important tasks.
5) They nourish their body
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and successful people take this seriously.
A nutritious breakfast fuels the body and mind. I’ve noticed that skipping breakfast often leads to a mid-morning slump.
But it’s not just about eating anything; it’s about choosing foods that energize and nourish. Think whole grains, proteins, and fruits. A healthy breakfast sets the stage for healthier food choices throughout the day.
6) They practice mindfulness
Let’s face it — once the rest of the world wakes up, finding a moment of peace can be challenging.
That’s why successful people often dedicate time in the morning to meditation or quiet reflection. I’ve been doing this for many years now, and it has done wonders for getting me grounded and focused.
Whether it’s 5 minutes or 30 (Oprah Winfrey does 20 minutes, in case you need some inspiration), this time helps in centering thoughts and setting intentions for the day. You could meditate, breathe deeply, or simply sit in silence.
It’s amazing how a few moments of silence can bring so much calm!
7) They express gratitude
Aside from centering my thoughts, my meditation practice also includes a space for gratitude. And this is so important that it deserves its own section.
See, if you want to be successful, you need to go forth with a positive mindset, day after day after day. And let’s be honest, it isn’t easy to stay that way, especially when the going gets tough.
That’s where gratitude comes in. It’s a way of intentionally resetting your mind from negative to positive.
When you take a moment to reflect on the things you’re grateful for — even if it’s just a good night’s sleep — you’re reminded of your blessings and you get motivated to give your best in everything you do.
At least, that’s how it is for me. The way I see it, nobody ever got successful by dwelling on the negative!
8) They set clear goals
You don’t get successful by not having clear goals either. That’s why, each morning, successful people set clear and measurable goals for the day.
For example, they don’t think in vague terms like, “I’ll publish a book someday.”
No, they break that down into specific tasks so that it turns from being a far-off dream to reachable reality.
They’d make it specific, so their goals might look like this:
- Define the book’s concept
- Create an outline
- Write 500 words daily
And so on. You get the picture.
By setting definite goals early in the day, successful people create a roadmap that guides their actions and helps them stay focused and productive.
It also provides a sense of purpose and direction, which fuels their motivation to make the most out of each day.
9) They learn something new
Another thing you’ll notice about the morning ritual of successful people is how it always includes an action related to learning and personal growth.
Each morning, before 8 am, they dedicate some time to expand their knowledge. It could be reading a chapter of a book, listening to a podcast, or catching up on industry news.
This habit not only keeps them informed and updated but also stimulates their mind and ignites new ideas. By making learning a part of their morning routine, they ensure that they’re constantly growing, both personally and professionally. All of which add up to success.
You won’t find them wasting precious minutes mindlessly scrolling on social media, that’s for sure!
10) They do a self-care ritual
Lastly, successful people often engage in a self-care ritual in the morning. This could be a skincare routine, a cup of tea in silence, or simply getting dressed in a way that makes them feel confident.
For me, it’s about taking the time to do something just for myself. And it feels especially delicious when I do it while no one’s up yet to disturb me!
Self-care is essential for maintaining mental and emotional well-being. More than looking good, it’s about feeling good, which is the way we should all feel before we even step out the door.
Nothing instills confidence more than knowing you’ve got it together, and a self-care ritual helps you get there!
It’s clear that the early hours of the morning hold a special significance for many successful individuals. Because these hours are often undisturbed and tranquil, they provide a unique opportunity for self-improvement, planning, and personal care.
The habits we’ve explored — from exercising to meditating, from planning the day to engaging in self-care — are rituals that set the tone for the day and, ultimately, for one’s life. As the saying goes, we are what we do everyday.
Adopting such morning rituals doesn’t guarantee success, but it certainly sets a strong foundation for a productive and fulfilling day.
And one more thing — creating your morning ritual isn’t about copying these routines exactly but finding what resonates with you and what fits into your lifestyle. The key is consistency and intention.
By incorporating even one or two of these habits into your morning routine, you can start your day with purpose and a sense of control — a small step that can lead to big changes in your life.