24 Surprising Things Successful Women Do In The Morning

Get ready to take notes.

Personally, I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with articles that outline “The 5 Things Successful People Do Each Morning” If not that literal headline, then something to that effect. Like many people, I love to click on them, but I’m often let down by what I find. Mainly because it’s always the same. Successful people rise early after sleeping at least seven hours, they work out, resist the urge for coffee before water, and never ever reach for their phones first thing. I never get the sense that I really know the things successful women do before 7:30am.

When you click on those headlines, you’re hoping for the nitty-gritty. Especially when it comes to accomplished women, whose cherished early-morning energy so often has to be allocated to a household in addition to themselves. How do they find calm in the chaos? Sure, they’ve ideally slept well, but what else are they doing to nourish themselves before taking on the world?

So, out of love for addiction to “what successful people do first thing in the morning” listicles, we’ve did our research and we’re here to let you in on the successful people’s secrets and hopefully it’ll leave you a bit more satisfied.

Read on to discover 24 morning routine ideas successful women swear by. And yes, they do occasionally scroll their phones.

They listen to their bodies.

I generally wake up between 6:30 and 7:00 am. I don’t like less than seven hours of sleep anymore. The older I get, the more sleep I require. I make listening to my body a priority.

Catt Sadler

Sometimes I may stretch and work out or spend extra time doing my skincare routine. I am not too structured in the morning as I like to listen to how I feel and do any one of these things before getting into work.

Shani Van Breukelen

They bond with family.

My husband and I connect in our kitchen and chat about what’s on deck for the day. We’re recent empty nesters and still acclimating to this stage of life. I also check in with my parents, who are in their 80s. Hearing their voices every day instantly lifts my spirits.

Sally Mueller

By the time I’ve finished my coffee while simultaneously nursing, my son awakes and we get on with breakfast. I love this time because I can be fully present with my children — no work to disturb us, just the quiet din of the world coming alive, for the day.

Alex Taylor

They turn showers into a thoughtful indulgence.

One thing I do that always makes me feel amazing in the morning is a steamy shower with Eucalyptus oil sprinkled on the floor.

Samantha Wennerstrom

Currently, I love starting my day with the Tracy Anderson workout. When I’m done, if I have time, I dry-body brush and get into the shower. Then I drink my 32 ounces of celery juice.

Miranda Kerr

It’s pretty much exactly the same every morning. Open the curtains, lemon water, celery juice, and one cup of coffee. Showering is the best part and where I do my best thinking.

Sheena Yaitanes

The first thing I do in the morning is feed the baby! My husband JP usually wakes up and brings me coffee and then I take a shower for as long as possible. Nowadays, a five-minute shower feels like a spa day if I can get that in.

Sophie Monet

They make time to meditate.

I am making an effort to meditate for about 15 minutes before I fully plug in. I’ve found that practicing breathing exercises has really helped me feel more centered and focused throughout the day. After that, I quickly scan through my emails and respond to anything that is super urgent.

Tata Harper

I start with a 10-minute meditation. I went through a period where insomnia was affecting me frequently. I juggle a lot and my career is uncertain and changing constantly, which can be a cause of anxiety for me. I’ve found that starting my day meditating keeps me grounded no matter where I am and helps me start my day with a clearer, calmer mind.

Beth Hitchcock

They find unique ways to hydrate before their coffee ritual.

I have a shot of olive oil and a warm cup of water with lemon. This improves the functioning of the digestive system: stimulates intestinal transit, promotes the absorption of nutrients, and reinforces its anti-inflammatory properties.

Agatha Relota Luczo

I wake up when it’s still dark, pour myself a 16-ounce cup of celery juice, chug it, and make a cup of coffee.

Tracy Tutor

As soon as I wake up, I chug a bottle of water I keep on my nightstand and take a Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C and clean vitamin D.

Liana Levi

I drink celery juice an hour before putting anything else in my stomach, and then I make a smoothie! I use: frozen blueberries, half a frozen banana, half a frozen avocado (most of the time), Malk vanilla almond milk, ashwagandha, mucuna, MCT oil, and collagen.

Lauren Scruggs Kennedy

I drink some hot water first thing in the morning these days. I run cold so it helps me warm up and also it’s a good way to kickstart your digestive system according to Ayurveda.

Sajani Amarasiri

I immediately open the shades and drink a mint water or warm water with lemon on my walk to the coffee shop, so I get light, movement, and hydration.

Lauryn Evarts

Light some Bodha incense, meditate, and then put the kettle on the stove and make a pourover, either in our Chemex or V60. I’ll usually have some apple cider vinegar in the morning, too.

Ally Walsh

They create a personal ritual to get grounded.

One ritual, as strange as it sounds, is that I clean my kitchen every morning. Since I’m home all day I cook a lot so there are always dishes that need to be put away, sometimes a mess from last night’s dinner. It’s become a daily ritual that helps me to start my day with some productivity momentum.

Nicole Gibbons

I turn on music, read, journal, and pray while having a cup of black coffee. I journal what I am grateful for, five great things that happened yesterday, and I write out my prayers and worries.

Anna Groves

My healthiest morning habit is taking 10 minutes to sit in silence.

Riley Banks

I take a moment to articulate to myself (and the universe) what I am grateful for… that day… whatever comes to mind (before I get out of bed)! I love this practice because it sets the frequency of gratitude for the whole day.

Nitsa Citrine

I use the Fabulous app – it’s a routine and habit-building app that helps me do all the things that can easily be forgotten. I started using it to remember to drink water first thing, and now it reminds me to take my prenatal, blend my #fab4smoothie, (no matter if I drink it then or a few hours later), prioritize 3 tasks for the day, and write the one thing I am grateful for that day.

Kelly LeVeque

And finally, the best for last…

Breastfeed and scroll.

Simone Boyce

Hopefully these successful women have inspired you to motivate your mornings and turn them into excitement and something to look forward to when you hop out of bed, ready for the brand, new day. #Womenpower. #Successfulwomen. So, what morning habits have transformed your day? Share with us in the comments, we love to read what you wrote.

Stay safe, healthy, and live life to the fullest.

Xoxo, Messycafe.

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