Success and morning routines of regular women

by | Nov 17, 2015

Morning routines -  do they impact success?

Morning routines

Morning routines

I am always amazed when I read about the morning routines of successful women. It seems they live in an alternative universe to me.

Adriana Huffington, breathes (never a bad thing) and commits her intention for the day.

A top super model does her  yoga routine. Anna Wintour plays tennis every day at 5.45 am.

A business leader checks her smart phone.

The morning is different for everyone.  Some wake up,  sleepy-eyed, a bit sluggish maybe, thoughts on the day ahead (or behind.) Some leap out of bed raring to go. Which category are you in?

[Tweet "Does your morning routine impact your success?"]

But what do average women do for their morning routines?

I decided to do a vox pops amongst my network to share what successful women do for their morning routines, to see if anything resonated or if they found them intimidating. Here are three typical responses.

Sammy  -  senior lawyer, married, no children

I am actually a rare breed I think. I'm a morning person and go to bed very early compared to most and even my husband, who is a night owl. I am usually in the gym for 0600. Sometimes I have a session with a personal trainer. A quick shower, hair and make-up, double espresso and head for the office. I don't eat breakfast which is naughty - but I can't face food.  I don't talk either! I am completely thrown for a loop when I have to pull all-nighters or work beyond my bedtime, when I don't have the energy to get up at 0500, which is common when we have deals going on. It takes me days to get my bio-rhythms on track and my husband, poor guy, says I'm poison! Then it all starts again.

When I'm working out, I do plan my day and would check my phone in the changing room. I  don't know if it contributes to my career success. Managing my stress levels does stop me wanting to strangle my boss and my husband divorcing me.

Mindfulness 1

Hannah - Communications Director, partner, 1 child

My son, Ross, wakes before I do at about 0600. I try to squeeze an extra 10 minutes in bed by bringing him under the covers with us for a cuddle, but he soon gets bored. My partner and I take it in turns to get up with him to give him breakfast and bring the lucky one still in bed a coffee. I surface at 6.30, shower and hair wash, no make-up, grab a bowl of cereal before getting Ross dressed and ready for nursery. We leave the house at 7.30.  Quick kisses good-bye and that's it!

[Tweet "The only thing I do in line with the successful women is the breathing part."]

If you need  career support from top level coaches contact 3Plus

Anne-Marie -  Self-employed consultant, single, co-parents 3 children

I hate the mornings and they are different if the kids are with me or their father, and if I have a consulting assignment I have to travel to. I tend to work late at night when the kids are in bed, which means I am permanently sleep deprived. We get up later than we should at 7.15 to leave the house at 0800. I get the kids (3) ready for school, give them breakfast, and check their school bags. They are too young yet to be totally responsible. We are always missing a permission slip or a vital piece of gym kit. It's bedlam! I drive them to the school bus and when I get back I have been known to go back to bed! Before I gave up smoking 5 years ago, I would have my first cigarette of the day!

Do I plan my day or set an intent? At that time when the kids are with me I can't think beyond 8.30 and caffeine. On my own, I listen to the news and check my mail.

What is your morning routine - let us know! Does it impact success?

 

Staff Writer: Career Contributor
3Plus welcomes any writers to join 3Plus as a Staff Writer. If you are an expert in Job Search, Career and Mentoring or just want to share your experiences, contact us! We would love to give you a voice!

Found that interesting?
Learn more about our services

Individual services

Make your dreams a reality with a professional evaluation of your career to date.

Corporate services

The evidence is in. More women in your company can deliver 35% greater financial returns. (Catalyst)

Upcoming events

We currently have no events planned.

Join our mailing list to get notified about our upcoming events.

Download and listen free podcasts

Related articles

Relationship Fluency in Today’s Workplace

Relationship fluency is an aspect of life that most of us think is important at home. But as our workplaces are built on relationships, maybe we should consider relationship fluency in all parts of life. Esther Perel explains why.

read more

World Menopause Day 2018

World Menopause Day is about reducing the stigma around the menopause. It affects 50% of the world and as such it should be something that is dealt with clearly and openly in the workplace. So why is it still a taboo?

read more

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This
3 Plus International Call Back Request