The Morning Routines of High Achievers

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What do high achievers do before breakfast? Perhaps surprisingly, the focus doesn’t seem to be on work.

In her new book, “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast,” author Laura Vanderkam found that many high achievers begin the day with physical, intellectual and spiritual pursuits. Starting the day with a productive or fulfilling activity can increase your energy level and alertness for the rest of the day, she notes.

Early mornings of the people Vanderkam profiles seem to be filled with activities like rising early, running, prayer, meditation, yoga, walking the dog and spending time with family, not rushing out the door or answering email.

She offers a few things to consider to improve both your mornings and the rest of your day.

  • Track your time and evaluate what you do during the week to see how it contributes – positively or negatively – to your morning energy levels. Things like boozy late nights don’t help.
  • Envision your perfect morning to get your day off on a good note – and then make it happen.
  • Start slowly and develop a habit.

Adapted from How to Power Up Your Morning Routine at Baseline Magazine.

bret williams
bret williams

The "no boozy evenings" is a dealbreaker :-)


This is really true! Thanks for sharing! On my own experience, spending time with the family in the morning perks up my day. Whatever happened on that current day will be the shared tomorrow over the breakfast table. If it happened to be a problem, they will be there to help you, give ideas on how to handle it or surprise you in a very good way. Developing good habits has never failed.


Thanks! These are great tips for healthy living. I always dread the morning, hopefully now i will develop some good habits.