The First Thing 8 Successful People Do Every Morning

Inspiration to help you power through your day.

Think back to your first moments of the day today. Were you a little slow to wake up, climb out of bed, and start brewing coffee? Turns out, that groggy feeling right after waking up has a scientific name—sleep inertia—and studies have found that it can last for up to four hours every day.

One way to combat sleep inertia is with a routine. That’s why some of the world’s leading artists, executives, and entertainers have airtight morning routines to get them up and out of bed. Like the sound of one of them? Try incorporating it into your own day tomorrow.

1. Ashton Kutcher

“Stretch and drink water.”

2. Melinda Gates

“Meditate. No matter where I am in the world, that one’s pretty non-negotiable. Investing even a few minutes in meditation makes the whole day happier and more productive.”

3. Mark Cuban

“Have breakfast with my kids.”

4. Priyanka Chopra

“For the past two weeks, I’ve been checking on Diana first thing. Diana is the lil’ pup I just adopted.”

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5. Hannah Hart

“I usually use the restroom! Then after that, I like to drink warm water with lemon to get my system started for the day. I’m a big believer in hydration!”

6. Valerie Jarrett

“I try to get a workout in.”

7. Marina Abramović

“Look at myself in the mirror, weigh myself, and take a shower.”

8. Selena Gomez

“Drink water, stretch, and take a deep breath.”

For more inspiration, check out the Thrive Questionnaire, an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.

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