Published 25 August 2017 Category: Compass Tips, Leisure

The Perfect Morning Routine

Early in his life, Benjamin Franklin, one of the primary framers of the American Constitution, outlined his perfect morning routine: “…I rise early almost every morning, half an hour or an hour, according to the season, either reading or writing.” Franklin was not alone in having planned out his ideal morning routine. Creatives, entrepreneurs, and artists each have a particular morning routine.

Richard Branson starts his day at 5 a.m., exercices or plays tennis, goes for a run, kitesurfs or rides his bike. He then has breakfast, answers emails and reads a bit of the news and blogs.

Bill Gates is an avid promoter of health and spends the morning on the treadmill while watching the Teaching Company courses.

Mark Zuckerberg is well known for dressing the same way each day as he once claimed it gives him “one less decision to make”. He also starts the day on very little sleep, often staying up chatting with programmers until 6am.

Jack Ma “I always tell myself that we are born here not to work, but to enjoy life. We are here to make things better for one another, and not to work. If you are spending your whole life working, you will certainly regret it”. This sentiment lies at the heart of Jack Ma’s lifestyle. That is why; he gets up early around 6 to 7 am and utilises every single second by enjoying it. He does work for half an hour and then spends time with family.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the Russian composer, started by having tea, smoking, and reading from his Bible and philosophy collection.

Victor Hugo, author of Les Miserables, was awakened by the daily gunshot from the fort near his home, had a cup of freshly brewed coffee  
while reading a letter from his mistress, Juliette Drouet, and then drank two raw eggs.

Philosopher Immanuel Kant started his day with weak tea, a pipe and meditation before an hour of writing.

Beethoven started his day with a cup of coffee. He believed that sixty beans per cup was the ideal dose and he counted them out one by one

Whether you have a project going badly, are moving cities, or are changing jobs, a morning routine gives you something to hold onto  -  a sense of normalcy to root yourself. A morning routine creates a rock in what feels like a raging river.

Why take the time to craft a Perfect Morning Routine?
A morning routine generates momentum. Momentum is a fundamental part of human psychology.


Customise your Morning Routine
The most important ingredient to having a morning routine that works is to customise it for yourself. To quote Bruce Lee: “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” Life happens after all. You might spend an hour on business and writing and working out and meditating, then you have kids. Suddenly making sure your child is nourished and ready for their day becomes a priority. But with a little determination you can customise your routine.

How to get started with a Minimum Viable Morning Routine
One of the biggest reasons people fail with establishing a consistent morning routine is that they feel like it is a waste of time, an unnecessary indulgence. If you feel that way, what’s the best way to get started? Have a Minimum Viable Morning Routine. Start small. Do one thing at a time. It could be meditating for just 1 minute. Or just writing down your top three priorities for the day. The purpose is to get momentum and even one thing for one minute accomplishes that successfully.

The secret of getting ahead, is usually getting started. Once you get started, soon enough you’ll find that you’ve developed a morning routine that rivals the rituals of the creatives and entrepreneurs you admire most.