3 Things Every CEO Does in the Morning

3 Things Every CEO Does in the Morning

Did you have an idol growing up? Following the footsteps of our idols can be the path to success. Envision where you want to be in 1 years time, 5 years time and find someone whom is in that position and try to replicate them.

We have identified three of the most common things the world’s top CEOs and leaders do every morning before they go to work to help you on your path to success.

Early wake upGet up early

As the cliche goes, the early bird catches the worm and It is a common theme amongst many of the top CEOs that they rise early. Tim Cook is known to be up at 4:30am, sending emails, according to Gawkers Ryan Tate. General Motors previous CEO Dan Akerson told the AP that he rarely woke after 4:30 or 5am, usually so he could speak to the GM in Asia before it became too late.

However, the NBAs youngest CEO Brett Yormark takes the cake as the earliest riser, reportedly waking at 3:30am to be in the office by 4:30am. Apparently it is some sort of competition between him and his brother (Michael Yormark) to see who can wake the earliest, but even so, waking early is a common trend among many top level executives.

How early do you wake up in the morning?

Read the News

It is apparent that during their morning routine, whether it be when they first wake, while they exercise, have breakfast or commuting to work, many of the world leading CEOs find the time before work to update themselves on current events around the world.

GE CEO Jeff Immelt reads the paper and watches CNBC every morning after his early morning workout. Virgin America CEO updates himself on current events during his morning workout, reportedly reading the papers whilst on the bike.

Keeping up to date with current events seems vital as all the events may influence trends and happenings within their company; so staying on top of such things becomes paramount.


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Number 1 on the list of Richard Branson’s top 6 ways to remain productive is exercise and many other CEOs tend to be following suit. Tim Cook, as we mentioned before, gets up at 4:30am to reply to emails, however by 5am you will often find him in the gym.

President Obama spends 45 minutes a day exercising, six days per week. Bill Gates spends an hour on the treadmill every morning and Oprah Winfrey reportedly has both a morning and evening workout routine.

It can be the catalyst to a productive day, so try to find time in your morning to exercise.

A common theme among all CEOs and the world’s top leaders, is regardless if they do all three or just one, they all have a routine. Developing an early morning routine can help install purpose in ones day, inject an action plan that can prevent the plethora of readily accessible distractions. It helps you begin your day the same, helping you lay out your goals for the day and year.

What are some of your morning rituals you cannot go without? Do you do any one of the three above? Leave us a comment below.

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About the author

Michael O'Keeffe

A graduate from Fairfield University in New Media with a particular focus on Television, Michael has worked in social media since graduation. His expertise will offer a variety insights into how you can penetrate into the saturated executive job market.

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