Don’t Have A Routine? Try Others’ On For Size
If you’ve never had a solid morning routine, it might be useful to sample the routines of others, see what works for you and then make small tweaks to tailor it to your life. To start, take a look at these morning routines of powerful women and figure out if any of them could suit your lifestyle.
1. Arianna Huffington
According to an interview with My Morning Routine, Huffington’s morning routine actually starts at night. Prior to falling asleep, Huffington removes all electronic devices from her room, takes a bath, drinks a cup of lavender or chamomile tea and reads (an actual book, not an e-reader). She typically sleeps for eight hours and doesn’t use an alarm. In the morning she meditates for 20 to 30 minutes before working out—when she’s home, 30 minutes on a stationary bike followed by five to ten minutes of yoga stretches. She’s not a breakfast person, but she does drink Bulletproof Coffee.
2. Shonda Rhimes
The TV powerhouse told InStyle that unless she’s totally exhausted, she wakes up around 5:30 a.m. so she can have an hour and a half before her kids get up. Rhimes told the mag, “It’s important to have a little time to just exist before anyone else is awake. Sometimes I use this time to write in my journal, but sometimes I just sit and stare out the window.” After getting her kids ready, she drinks a cappuccino, eats breakfast and figures out what to wear for the day. While getting ready, she listens to NPR’s Morning Edition, reads theSkimm and scrolls through Twitter for fashion and decor content, which she says she uses for show ideas.
3. Oprah Winfrey
Winfrey told The Hollywood Reporter that while she doesn’t use an alarm to wake up, she normally rises between the very specific times of 6:02 and 6:20 a.m., which is usually when her dogs want to go outside. After brushing her teeth, she makes either a chai or skim cappuccino, followed by a trip to her home gym. There, she’ll do 20 minutes on the elliptical, 30 minutes of walking on the treadmill and sit-ups. Then she meditates for ten to 20 minutes, depending on how much time she has. Breakfast is a few medium-boiled eggs with multigrain toast, eaten around 8:30 a.m. while she goes through her schedule for the day.
4. Jennifer Aniston
Aniston told Well & Good that when she’s working, she wakes up at 4:30 a.m., but when she’s not, she rises at 8 or 9 a.m. After drinking a cup of warm water with lemon, she washes her face, moisturizes and then meditates for 20 minutes. Next up? Breakfast: “Usually I’ll have a shake, with some sort of pure protein, then bananas, blueberries, frozen cherries, stevia, a vegetable mix of dynamic greens that goes in there, maca powder and a little cacao,” she told the publication. Post-breakfast, it’s time for a workout—half an hour of spinning followed by 40 minutes of yoga with a trainer.