Jordan Bishop’s Morning Routine

Jordan BishopJordan Bishop is an entrepreneur currently at the helm of two companies; an inspirational greeting cards line called Wise Words, and Yore Oyster, a travel startup. Jordan was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.

What is your morning routine?

My morning routine goes like this: I wake up precisely at 6:00am, do twenty minutes of meditation until 6:20, and then I’ll usually have a call with my virtual assistant at 6:30am to talk about the day ahead.

Then, I’ll write or do other creative, important, and difficult work for 1-2 hours, before having breakfast and getting ready for the day. I usually leave my house around 9:00am to go to the office space I’m working from.

How long have you stuck with this routine so far?

Every piece of my routine emerged at a different time: I’ve been meditating every morning for about six months, but my breakfast has been more or less the same for a couple of years. I like to experiment with one variable at a time to see how it affects my performance and mood.

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Paula Borowska’s Morning Routine

Paula BorowskaPaula Borowska is an author, blogger, and user experience designer based in San Francisco, California.

What is your morning routine?

I usually wake up between 10 and 11:00am and fiddle in the bed for another hour.

Eventually I’ll get up, shower, and get on the computer for at least a minute to see if I have any interesting emails lined up for me. I don’t actually answer any right away, but the curiosity kills me. Same with Twitter, I scroll through the feed to see if anyone posted a useful link that I can read later.

How long have you stuck with this routine so far?

I quit my job in mid-April, so since then.

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Samuel Thomas Davies’s Morning Routine

Samuel Thomas DaviesSamuel Thomas Davies is a personal coach who writes about how you can use science to change your unwanted behaviours, improve your wellness, and optimise your daily output. Sam currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

What is your morning routine?

I wake up between 07:00 and 09:00am (after 7-9 hours of sleep) and I don’t put my feet on the floor until I’ve thought about one action I’m really excited about taking that day.

I then shower, stretch, eat a high protein breakfast, meditate, and write down three things I’m grateful for in my notebook before reading 10% of a Kindle book. I do all this before I turn on my laptop.

Once I’ve done that, I turn on my laptop, check my emails (but don’t immediately return them), and write my five most important tasks (MITs) for the day. I’ll then write in my journal until I feel happy with what I’ve done, and begin my MITs.

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Ani Blinova’s Morning Routine

Ani BlinovaAni Blinova is COO of Wink Frozen Desserts, a low-calorie frozen dessert (that’s free of pretty much everything) based out of New York City.

What is your morning routine?

5:30-6:00am: My alarm wakes me up somewhere in this time frame. I quickly shut it off so it doesn’t wake my fiancé. I get up, stretch a bit, and walk to the bathroom. I splash my face with cold water, put in my contacts, and throw on my gym clothes (which I prepped the night before). I look over my e-mail and make sure there’s nothing pressing I need to attend to. I also check Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

6:00-6:45am: Next I walk into the kitchen and make myself a glass or two of fresh lemon water. I plug in my kettle to make some coffee using a French Press – it tastes best that way! While the water’s heating up, I prep my house for the day. If there’s laundry and/or dishes to be put away, I do that first. I walk the dog. I’ll do whatever cleaning wasn’t done the night before. By then, the water is hot and the coffee is ready (thank goodness). I take my coffee into the office and look at my to-do list (which I prepped the night before). I mark off my top three tasks of the day. I know that if I do these three tasks, I’ll feel accomplished at the end of the day. If there’s some more time and I feel inclined, I read the news.

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Michael Spinali’s Morning Routine

Michael SpinaliMichael Spinali is a husband, father, and writer of fiction from Newport Beach, California.

What is your morning routine?

My morning routine begins at 5:00am, a time suggested in a random Elmore Leonard video, rather than invented by me. Once I’m awake I brush my teeth and walk downstairs to begin my fiction writing.

Those days, the tired days, having ten minutes to myself is a treat before I confront the blank page. I never prepare for the morning, there’s no pre-write; just spontaneous words on the page. Amazingly, a short while later, it’s done. During the 30-60 minutes it takes to write, edit, and publish that day’s continuation of the current story, I’ll make coffee and drink it.

Most days I don’t go back to bed because I cherish that time to myself, about an hour before the wife and kiddos wake up. I’ll sip on the coffee, work on my novel, browse the internet, check email and my phone, research stocks, or just read.

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Abby Stewart’s Morning Routine

Abby StewartAbby Stewart is a teacher, writer, and all-round fun-raiser from Houston, Texas, currently living in San Francisco, California.

What is your morning routine?

My alarm goes off at 6:00am, I then make a decision regarding whether or not I want to wash my hair that day. If I decide to go for a wash, I head to the shower – if not, I press snooze until 6:30, when my manfriend’s alarm goes off.

I do my hair and makeup and dress myself, which usually takes about 20-30 minutes, depending on my level of comatose for that given morning. I always pick out my outfits and hang them on display before I go to bed; otherwise I will spend an additional fifteen minutes throwing clothing about the room before (always) eventually deciding to wear whatever my first choice was. Then, I turn on the Keurig.

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Mike Moloney’s Morning Routine

Mike MoloneyMike Moloney is an entrepreneur, designer, and the founder of FilterGrade; offering high quality Photoshop actions and photography filters. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Mike now lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

What is your morning routine?

I typically wake up between 9-10:00am and will grab a quick glass of water and a small snack before heading to the gym for a short 30-minute circuit workout.

After that I will come home, shower, and head to the computer for work.

How long have you stuck with this routine so far?

This has been my routine for almost three months now, it being something new I tried in the summer.

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Nova Rella’s Morning Routine

Nova RellaNova Rella is (in her own words) a lone wolf in black sheep’s clothing who hails from Victoria, BC, Canada.

What is your morning routine?

Every morning I wake up to my alarm clock at around 6:00am. This isn’t my ‘get out of bed’ alarm, it’s a ‘take a stomach acid pill’ alarm. You have to take these things an hour before you eat anything and I like to have breakfast as soon as the coffee’s ready around seven.

So I swallow a tiny yellow pill and go back to sleep for an hour. Then I get up around seven-ish, usually after hitting the snooze button four or five times. My dog Tank sleeps out in the living room and so the first thing every morning is to get him his breakfast. While he’s eating I get the coffee going and let him out in the yard for a pee.

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Doug Belshaw’s Morning Routine

Doug BelshawDoug Belshaw is the Web Literacy Lead for the non-profit Mozilla Foundation. Enthusiastic about all things related to education, technology and productivity, Doug currently lives in Northumberland, UK.

What is your morning routine?

I wake up sometime between 6-7:00am, depending on when my children wake up or whether my wife’s going for a run. I have a Lumie Sunrise alarm clock which sometimes wakes us up, sometimes doesn’t. Our kids, however, can always be relied upon! My wife and I used to take it in turns to go running on alternate days, but I found (bizarrely) that it seems to be a trigger for my migraines. It’s a real shame, as I used to really enjoy it.

It’s usually me who goes downstairs with my two kids (ages 3 and 7) to get us breakfast while my wife goes for a run or gets ready. I have a combination of fresh fruit, a special nut/seed mixture my wife puts together, and Greek yogurt. I also have a cup of tea (I’m down to one cup of coffee with my lunch, these days).

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James Clear’s Morning Routine

James ClearJames Clear is an entrepreneur, weightlifter, travel photographer, and writer from North Carolina who uses behavior science to share ideas for mastering your habits, improving your health, and increasing your creativity.

What is your morning routine?

I wake up, take a shower, get dressed, drink a glass of water, write down three things I’m grateful for, read 20 pages of a book, then get into whatever my work is for the day.

How long have you stuck with this routine so far?

The majority of the routine I’ve been doing for at least two years. The 20 pages of reading is a new addition that I’ve been doing for the last three months.

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