How long have you stuck with your morning routine?

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Carolyn Feinstein · CMO, Dropbox

This has been our routine for the past two years, when I made a shift to getting up much earlier. It’s been a huge improvement in my ability to feel like I have the day under control before the rest of my household wakes up.

My husband works in finance and, in San Francisco, that often means working New York market hours - leaving home before 4:00am. I’ve always been the only parent on duty in the mornings, so having an organized routine is really important.

Drew Logan · Fitness Expert, Trainer

I’ve been doing this routine off and on for almost 20 years. I call this my “game changer” routine. When I begin this kind of programming everything in my life gets simplified and all facets of my life tend to elevate. My energy, my relationships, my business, my finances, my opportunities - any time I feel stagnant in life, I decide it’s time to “change the game” and I employ this program.

Melanie Travis · CEO, Andie Swim

I’ve been doing this routine for about five months. Andie has had office space downtown since January, but I only started going in every day once we hired our first employee. Before that, I would commute into the office two-three days a week, since it was just me and it didn’t really matter where I worked. But as the “boss” (though I never think of myself that way), I do think it’s important and responsible to show up every day, even though I sometimes think I’d get more work done if I stayed home.

Gail Saltz · Psychiatrist, Author

This has more or less been my morning routine for the last decade because I have three daughters, all of whom I’ve made breakfast for and spent time with on the way to school. It’s a great time to talk, uninterrupted. It also sneaks in some walking/exercise time.

Matthew Weatherley-White · Managing Director, The CAPROCK Group

My morning ritual, though somewhat evolutionary over time, has remained rhythmically consistent. To hijack a well-known phrase, my morning ritual doesn’t repeat itself, but it certainly rhymes. And I have to admit that this holds true spanning back to college, with the notable exception of the block of white space, which I added to my schedule about four years ago and which is the single most powerful recalibration of my work/life balance I’ve ever experienced.

Rick Popowitz · Serial Health Entrepreneur

Twenty-two years. In the early years it was to help my wife get the kids (now adults) ready for school. Since we are now “happy empty-nesters,” I get up early by habit and use the early morning quiet to jump into the day.

Allison Grayce · Designer, Parent

I recently went full time on my startup, and moved back to the United States after living in Cambridge, United Kingdom for two years. There, I was working full time as a UX designer for Redgate, and my son was in nursery five days a week, so my routine was very different just a few months ago.

It’s only been a few months since I’ve been in this new routine and, to be honest, I’m still figuring it out!

Tami Halton Pardee · #1 Real Estate Broker in Los Angeles

I’ve been doing this for the last two years and, literally, I can’t miss it. Even if I’m away on business, I wake up and walk the new city. It’s part of my soul at this point.

I have four kids who are totally aware of my morning routine and know that my walk is necessary. My oldest daughter is thirteen and she takes care of the kids in the morning while I go on my walk - she always knows where I am.

Tiffany Cruikshank · Yoga, Meditation, and Wellness Expert

It’s always evolving, but the meditation and smoothies have been part of my morning routine for a couple decades now. I used to wake up bright and early to do yoga first. As I’ve gotten older, though, I appreciate practicing a little later in the morning or afternoon, especially since I can make my own schedule when I’m home.

When I’m on the road, I just do it when I can. However, I always travel with my morning powder - it’s the only item I really need when I’m on the road. It carries me through my long, physically and mentally challenging days, and I like to add all sorts of vitamins, herbs, and probiotics to fine-tune it for whatever I need.

Hitha Palepu · Writer, Entrepreneur

I’ve stuck with this specific routine for four months now, but my morning routine has involved journaling, meditation, and exercise for a few years now.

Ravi Raman · Executive Career Coach

This routine has been consistent for the past 5-6 months. Before that, it was the same with one exception - I would wake between 6:30am and 7:30am instead of 5:00am. I wouldn’t read or write in the morning. I would wake up, drink coffee, plan my day, and get to work while drinking my smoothie.

Having a few more hours in the morning to do my work is a huge benefit. I feel more accomplished by 9:00am than I used to feel all day!

Simon Enever · Co-Founder of Quip

My routine has been consistent for the past four years. Routine and habit are actually the foundation of quip’s brand (and good oral care), and I’m a firm believer in the power of both.

Mick Batyske · DJ, Parent

About a year. The first year of dad life was not as smooth. I’m up for twenty-four hours a day, depending on the day of the week. Babies have horrible schedules during the first year. It was not as bad as some people’s schedules, but it was not exactly fun.

Nikki Pechet · VP of Marketing, Thumbtack

Over three years now, with a few modifications, mostly based on kid-related schedule changes. I work a lot, but my schedule is flexible enough to allow mornings to fit my family.

Shawna Kaminski · Fitness Coach

This routine has stuck for about a year - since I’ve moved my fitness boot camp. Prior to that, it was very similar. The differences are that I used to train at home, and that I didn’t go into boot camp daily. I sublet the space for my camp and didn’t have an office at that location, so I worked more from home.

Christine Koh · Lifestyle Expert, Parent

I’ve been operating like this for years. In my previous life I was a music and brain neuroscientist with an academic joint appoint at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, so my morning routine was very different!

I’ve been working freelance for ten years, but things have really picked up since I became creative director at Women Online (four years ago), co-wrote Minimalist Parenting (three years ago), started the Edit Your Life podcast (one year ago), and started my t-shirt brand (two months ago!). Building an efficient model that helps me stay on top of all of the balls I’m juggling is crucial!

Terri Schneider · Endurance Athlete, Author

Most of my life I’ve followed a version of this routine. My mother has always said I dropped out of the womb and took off. Each morning tends to emulate her premise.

These days, my morning workout is more of a “meditation in motion” rather than a hard workout. This sets up my body and mind to take on the rest of the day.

Erin Loechner · Author, Parent

This is a fairly new routine (we just welcomed our son six months ago), and is an adjustment from my typical mornings, or my thrive routine.

My thrive routine still calls for an early morning, but I leave the house and head to my local coffee shop to write before the rest of the gang wakes up. I then take a morning yoga class before heading home and putting on my Mom Hat for the day.

Guy Tal · Landscape and Nature Photographer

By rough estimate, about 25 years, not all of it as a photographer, but the same mindset and (lack of) routine served me in other endeavors, too.

Before that I served a mandatory period in the Israeli military which, among other things, cemented in my mind how incompatible my sensibilities are with rigid routines.

Mauricio F. Corridan · Photographer

I have had this routine since I started my degree in photography. This is my second degree and since I started it, I have had to be very well organized to combine both university and work.

Vanessa Garcia · Multidisciplinary Artist

I’ve been doing part of this routine for at least three years; however, I’ve been doing specifically the above for about six months, since I stopped teaching and started writing full time. When I’m teaching, I do the same thing, but two days a week instead of four.

Erin Motz · Co-Founder of Bad Yogi

This is all relatively new, so about three months, I think. I’ve become exponentially more productive since I implemented a routine, and I won’t ever go back to not doing this unless some extenuating circumstance calls for it to change. Now that I’ve found one, I’m an evangelist for finding a morning routine that sets you up for a successful day!

Liesl Gibson · Pattern Designer

It took me a while to find my routine after we moved to Madrid, since I was accustomed to taking the subway from our Manhattan apartment out to my Brooklyn studio. Since I’m now working from a studio one flight up from my home, I needed to find another way to get into work mode, get moving, and not feel cooped up in the same building all day.

Jon Gold · Designer, Engineer, Adventurer

I’m just settling into life in a new job and apartment in San Francisco after eighteen months of living out of a backpack. This particular variation of my routine is about two months old.

Sol Orwell · Co-Founder of Examine.com

It varies, but I’d say for a couple years. I think people become a bit obsessive about finding the “perfect” routine. I just want something that gets me going.

Gracy Obuchowicz · Yoga Teacher, Retreat Leader

I’ve kept up a solid morning routine for almost three years, since really dedicating myself to living an Ayurvedic lifestyle. The routine is always changing a little due to my current interests, work demands, and my sometimes-intense travel schedule.

Victoria Durnak · Artist, Sculptor

Life with an infant is a constant negotiation of routine. We follow a routine, and then my son learns a new skill or his teeth are bothering him or he is unsettled by something or he acquires different needs, and the routine has to change.

The sculptures in the show will be from all of his morning naps in August. I devote my practice to the question: “Strangers, why?” In the upcoming show, Ivana and I ask, “How do we ready ourselves before we meet those strangers?”

David Cancel · Entrepreneur, Investor

It’s been about two years that I’ve been doing my yoga and reading. I started tracking this using an app on my phone 423 days ago. I can see that I added journaling 381 days ago. Those streaks have been unbroken ever since.

Isabel De Los Rios · Certified Nutritionist

I have been getting up early for so long, I almost can’t remember a time when I didn’t do it. In college I worked at the gym, and most mornings it was my job to open the place up at 5:00am.

After graduating from college, I was a personal trainer for over ten years, which almost always required waking up in the early morning for those clients who wanted to work out before they went to work.

David Kadavy · Author

I’ve guarded my first hour religiously for about the last six months, but I’ve made it a priority to work first thing for about three years.

Sonia Rao · Singer-Songwriter

This has been my routine for the past couple years. It changes depending on what phase I’m in. When I was recording my album in Nashville last year, my schedule was wake up, go to hot yoga, have breakfast and a smoothie, have some coffee, do vocal warmups, record in Alex’s (producer) studio from noon until midnight… and repeat.

When I’m on tour for the next couple months, I’ll be driving and performing almost every day, so it will probably be sleep, drive, play a show, and repeat. I’m really hoping to do some exploring, though, since I haven’t been to many of these cities before.

Kate Krasileva · Psychology Researcher

I’ve stuck with this routine for about a year, on and off. During the winter months, it was difficult for me to get up early because it was pitch-black outside, so I always slept in until 6:30 or 6:45am and exercised in the evening.

Sean Ogle · Entrepreneur, Writer

This has been my basic routine for the last few years. I’ve become more diligent about the creative time in the mornings. I used to start with email, and I found once I got too deep into it, the writing or editing got pushed to the afternoon when my creativity and willpower is often zapped.

Katelin Jabbari · Googler, Parent

I’ve stuck with this routine since I went back to work in January after being on maternity leave for six months. Although, to be fair, it wasn’t that different before I had my son: I’ve been waking up around 5:30am to work out in the morning since early 2014. I even worked out the day my son was born! He came a month early and we had no idea he was on his way.

Taylor Davidson · Entrepreneur, Photographer

A few major life changes over the last couple of years have altered my morning routine drastically (see below). In its current form, I’ve stuck with this routine since the birth of my son approximately five months ago.

Ann Handley · Author, CCO of MarketingProfs

My allergy to mornings started in adolescence. I guess I never outgrew it. So… pretty much since then, with some variations based on life stages and responsibilities.

The truth is that I wish I were a morning person. Often I try to be. I suspect I’m just not.

Craig Ballantyne · Author, Fitness Expert

I’ve been getting up this early since 2010.

In the early 2000s I was a personal trainer, starting at 6:00am each morning. When my online business grew to the point that I no longer needed to be a trainer, I started sleeping in until 7:30am. But I quickly realized that sleeping in left me feeling “behind” and anxious, so I started getting up earlier and earlier until I settled into my optimal schedule.

David Moore · Designer

My routine has been fairly consistent for at least the last two years. It is however, open to change a bit from day to day.

Cameron Russell · Model, Cultural Activist

I don’t like having a strict routine. I try to make space to read and write, but I like starting my day with adventure and unpredictability. For example, sometimes because of jet lag I’ll wake up at 4 or 5:00am, and my partner and I will go to a new part of the city to take a long 5-10 mile walk before our day starts.

Morgan Jaldon · Marathon Runner

Surprisingly, I have stuck with this routine for over a year. I used to not be an early riser or an active runner, so once I changed my lifestyle, I changed my mornings.

Maren Kate Donovan · Founder of Zirtual

Off and on for several years. There will be weeks when I fall off. After that happens for a while, I get fed up with my disorganization and get back to my routines.

Jessica Walsh · Designer, Art Director

I’ve had insomnia since I was twelve. There are months that will pass where I’ll sleep better than others. I used to get anxiety about whether I’d sleep or not but now I just take it as it is and I don’t stress about it, and I try to see the positive side of it.

I like waking up really early in the morning as it’s quiet, and I can write and think and read as during work hours it’s non-stop email madness. However, I am most productive when I sleep around 5-7 hours as I’m sharper during the day. If I sleep eight or more hours I turn into a sloth.

Rand Fishkin · Founder of Moz

I’ve had a broadly similar routine for almost all of Moz’s eleven years, though I haven’t always been as diligent with exercising in the morning as I should be.

Courtney Carver · Writer, Photographer

I started developing my morning routine about seven years ago, but it changes over time depending on the seasons, and what’s going on with my family and the rest of my life. When I started, I was working crazy hours and always in a hurry, so I only had about fifteen minutes to dedicate, but that was enough to convince me of the power of feeding yourself first.

While I really look forward to my morning routine, I’m flexible for life’s surprises too. Recently, my husband broke his arm in a cycling accident and wasn’t able to drive for a couple of weeks. I had to take him to the train or to work every morning, so my routine changed.

Gregg Carey · Entrepreneur, Survivor Contestant

The details of the routine have varied over the last few years, but the components have been consistent for the last three.

They saved me when I found myself getting too overwhelmed with my work at Voxy (Ed: Where Gregg is co-founder; he left the company in April 2015). I was feeling so one-dimensional and losing my foundation. I focused on the mornings to take care of myself and remind me that I was so much more than Voxy.

Danielle Buonaiuto · Soprano

​This particular incarnation of my routine has been with me for about six months. There is room for growth; I’m slowly moving my alarm back. ​I’d like to start including some yoga.

Johnny FD · Entrepreneur, Frequent Traveler

I’ve been using this routine for the past three years and it has helped me in every aspect of my life. I have so much more energy throughout the day, have gotten in the best shape of my life, have been more positive, and I went from being almost completely broke to starting an online business that now makes over $13,000 a month.

Finding a routine that works for me has been the best thing I never did, and if you read through enough of these, you’ll see that most successful people share similar habits that you can replicate into your own life.

Crystal Paine · Author, Speaker

As I share in my online course, Make Over Your Mornings, I implemented the concept of a morning routine years and years ago, but I have stuck with this specific routine for the past few years.

It varies a little bit if I’m traveling, or if my kids wake up early, on the weekends, or if we were up later the night before. But the main pieces of it stay the same, even if the time or order of it sometimes changes from day to day.

Louisa Rogers · Business Trainer, Writer

“Stuck” isn’t the word I’d use, because it implies effort, and I don’t work at my morning routine.

I’ve always been an early riser, but I became an even earlier riser (between 3:30-4:00am) fifteen years ago after a trip to the Middle East. At first I thought my earlier wake-up time was jet lag. Others said, “Oh, you’re going through perimenopause,” (I was 48 at the time), but the pattern endured, and that’s fine with me, because I love the early hours.

Carrie Melissa Jones · Writer, Community Builder

I moved to Seattle from San Francisco eight months ago, and it took me a good six months to find myself after that. After months of waking up and checking email and Instagram updates in bed before getting up, I realized it was putting me in an awful mood. I was living by the routines everyone else wanted to dictate for me. I was living to see everyone else’s updates and meet their needs instead of looking inward.

One day, I just said I wasn’t going to do that anymore. No one is going to give me time or permission to write or read or create anything at all. I have to find that time myself. People will always, always ask things of me (and, despite how this sounds, I love it when people ask things of me!), but if I don’t set boundaries and give a little love to myself, I won’t be able to truly give to them the way I want to.

I like giving things. But I have to give things to myself too. My writing is that gift.

Temitopé Owolabi · Photographer, Student

For as long as I can remember. If you really want to take charge of the day, it is very far-reaching waking up as early as you can because between 6:00am-7:00am, I feel, it is the most peaceful and beautiful time of the day.

As a university student, photographer, and content creator I’m always on the go, which means I get to appreciate nature and watch people as they go about their everyday hustle whether it is people going for a morning jog or people heading to work or school. It is very influential and I cherish these moments, it is very inspiring to me.

Aiste Gazdar · Co-Founder, Director of Wild Food Cafe

It took a long time for me to gather the courage, discipline, and commitment to follow a routine like that, but I find it to be such a game changer.

I used to struggle to get up in the mornings, mostly because my mind associated early-rising with duty, school, obligation, conveyer-belt careers, and all the things that didn’t excite me the slightest. I purposely engineered my life so that I didn’t have any obligation to get up early - and I loved it, until I got a strong message to change a few months ago. I did and I never looked back.

I realised that waking up early in the morning sends out a very important message to myself and, without sounding too wacko, to the universe: “Hey, here I am, awake, aware, sharp, and ready with the first morning light”. I find that being conscious and awake early in the morning gives enormous power, strength, clarity, vitality, centered-awareness, and focus that evening time just cannot provide.

The more I’ve been doing this routine the more I realise that the renaissance of early mornings is not just an accident. It is a social phenomenon that brings forth within it a new age of individual self-expression. Let me explain: Socially, people used to do things they love in the evenings and at night, because most of us had conveyer-belt day-jobs and duties in the mornings that were obligatory and just had to be done.

It is pretty obvious that at least here, in the West, with the help of the technological developments and the rise of entrepreneurship, we are coming away from the industrial and post-industrial era where people’s individual dreams were crushed, oppressed, and pushed into the dark hours of the nighttime. Most of us now have full freedom and the capability to express our individual purpose, be creative, and embody our dreams into being. How lucky!

We no longer need nighttime to come out of our closets and be ourselves, we have a freedom and an enormous power of mornings to do what we love and make a statement to ourselves and the world. What a powerful transformation it is!

Laura Vanderkam · Author, Parent

Alas, every day is a new “routine.” But it’s okay. I still get my work done and do the other things I want to do. When the baby is a little older, I’ll be able to choose what time I wish to get up, and hopefully get in a little quiet work during that window before the day starts.

I really admire people with great morning routines (indeed, I wrote a whole book called What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast). In the spring of 2014, when my youngest child was two and a half years old, I got into a good routine of waking up at 6:00am, working for an hour, then starting the breakfast routine. I have a vision of creating a morning routine that involves some strength work or yoga, then an hour of work, then the kids. Someday.

M.G. Siegler · General Partner at Google Ventures

Again, I was living in the UK for the past year, so this was my routine there. In the U.S., it’s slightly different - largely because I do my email at night instead of in the morning. Again, because I like to try to send email when people can’t respond to them immediately!

In the U.S., I typically wake up earlier if I have to head to our office in Mountain View (which can be a 60-90 minute commute). Or I’ll do a meeting or two in the morning. If my schedule is clear, I like to write at this time - but it’s rarely clear.

Olimpia Zagnoli · Italian Illustrator

Honestly, I don’t think I ever had one.

I’ve never lived alone, I’ve always shared my bedroom with my sister or my boyfriends so it’s always been really hard for me to find my own routine.

Mattan Griffel · CEO of One Month, Forbes’ 30 Under 30

I’ve slowly built up my morning routine over time.

I used to be an evening person, but as I started trying to add structure to my routine I found that it was easier to stick with stuff like writing and meditation if I did it in the morning.

I’ve written 750 words every day for the last 331 days. I’ve also been meditating every morning for the last year. The tea and stretching are the two newest parts of my routine; I’ve only been doing them for the last five months or so.

Mike Vardy · Founder of Productivityist

I’ve been working with this morning routine for about two years now, with some minor tweaks along the way to optimize it a bit further. For example, I’ve made it so that Launch Center Pro prompts me to start my reading in the morning and outlines all the steps to my reading workflow within the app. Beyond that, it’s been pretty consistent.

Fanny Moizant · Co-Founder of Vestiaire Collective

My current morning routine began in September 2013 when I decided to relocate the entire family from Paris to London to lead the European expansion of Vestiaire Collective.

Since then I’ve fallen deeply in love with London. I find its energy and open-minded attitude quite refreshing.

Jenny Blake · Author, Yoga Fanatic

I have been doing a variation of this routine for as long as I have worked for myself, so almost four years now.

I realized very quickly that my body (and by extension, routines) were the fuel for my business. If I was operating at fifty percent effectiveness due to lack of sleep or exercise, then as its sole employee, so would my business. That was unacceptable to me! Not to mention unsustainable. Success, to me, has as much to do with how I run my business and my life as it does what I choose to work on.

Elle Luna · Artist, Designer, Writer

I’ve been remembering my dreams for about two years, walking the dog for eight years, having just one cup of coffee for one year, morning pages for three years, and doing the altar offerings for two years.

The timed (yes, timed!) reading and writing has been happening for four months.

Grace Bonney · Founder of Design*Sponge

Except for a brief 2.5 year period when we had an office in Greenpoint, I’ve had a similar routine for the past eight years.

I’m one of those rare people who works better at home, alone without deadlines or other co-workers. When I’m in an office or around other people I get too distracted and excited and just want to hear what everyone else thought about last night’s Walking Dead episode.

Amber Rae · Writer, Artist

I’ve had variations of this routine; movement, writing, nourishment, for a few years now.

Last year, my fiancé and I moved into a loft in Dumbo (Brooklyn) where, with my interior designer Mom’s help, we put together a really inspiring creative space. It blends giant post-it walls with separate analog and digital spaces with a solid speaker system and a fridge filled with fresh fruits, almond butter, and kale.

When I wake up and look around, it feels like I could be anywhere in the world which feels grounding in the hustle and bustle of New York. Our indoor palm tree Zoë helps keep that question at bay.

Mason Currey · Author of Daily Rituals

I’ve been doing the 5:30am wakeup since I started working on Daily Rituals in 2009. At the time, I was also working a full-time job as a magazine editor, and the only way I could figure out to do both things at once was to get up really early—so I got in the habit of waking at 5:30 and working on the book for two hours before heading into the office. That proved so effective that I’ve stuck with it ever since, even though I’m now working freelance and could easily sleep later if I wanted.

Other details of the above routine are more recent – I’ve only been following the work-until-11:00 scheme for a few months. Before that, I would stop at 8:00 for breakfast, then take a shower and resume working at 9:00. But now I’m finding it better to have one big block of uninterrupted working time.

Chris Baker · Art Dealer, Runs Nutritional Company

I believe routines need to change over time.

It’s like doing the same workout every time you go to the gym. After a while, your muscles and mind don’t become stimulated by the exercise and your improvements and performance will decrease over time. I believe in implementing a Kaizen approach; by adding very small changes over a period of time to keep things new and fresh. These changes do not need to be radical changes, just slight adjustments. I change the experiences around what I see, but the time in which I do them remains the same.

I like to get up early, when nobody else is up. I am one competitive little person, and in a weird way I feel like I’m winning, as I’m doing something productive when everyone else is asleep.

Nichole Powell · Photographer, Writer

It’s a continuously evolving process. I plan on being one of the old ladies who goes for a swim every morning, but I’m still waiting for that part of my routine to kick in.

I’ve kept with my current routine, more or less, for three or four years now. Of course, with traveling, I have to learn to adapt to whatever country I might be in at the time.

Courtney Boyd Myers · Founder, Audience.io

I’m never stuck in any routine. Instead, my morning routine is constantly evolving as I pick up helpful tips from friends along the way, helping me start each day better than the last.

Dan Counsell · Parent, Founder of Realmac Software

It’s probably been the last 8-12 months. I’d like to fit in more exercise though, and make sure I stick to having smoothies every single day, even at weekends. Both of these things always help get the day off to a perfect start.

Ryan Holiday · Bestselling Author, Writer

Routines are an iterative process. You add and adapt it over time. I have been doing some version of this specific routine for nearly five years. It’s gotten me through three books in three years as well as dozens of projects for clients big and small.

Chase Night · YA Author, Reader

This is pretty much how my mornings have unfolded since I went back to college in January 2012. I don’t really remember what it was like before that when I had a regular job except that I was miserable and grumpy because I didn’t get to enjoy my shower.

Mars Dorian · Online Illustrator, Indie Sci-Fi Author

For about four years now, though I had moments where I neglected it… because of laziness. Face it, sometimes, especially on weekends after a party, I don’t want to stick to a routine. That’s okay, because those days are my rejuvenation moments.

Jordan Bishop · Canadian Entrepreneur

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.

Ani · Lives in New York City

I’ve been working on my routine ever since my fiancé and I started our company – about two and a half years ago. I’ve had this ‘version’ for the past six months. I’ve been WILDLY productive since then.

Mike Moloney · Entrepreneur, Web Designer

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

I find the earlier I wake up, the more I can achieve and the less stressed I feel. I’ve recently been testing getting up really early, around 4-5:00am, and am actually pleased with the results, so I may change it up a bit. That said, going to bed early enough for this to be effective is quite the challenge.

Nova Rella · Early Riser, Lone Wolf

I’ve had the same routine pretty much since we got the dog four years ago. And even before then it was nearly the same thing. I’ve had the same lifestyle for years!

Doug Belshaw · Parent, Non-Profit Web Literacy Lead

Ever since we moved into this house, which was February of this year.

I’m on a different team at Mozilla now, which means I’m travelling less and able to get into more of a routine. It’s good to get into a groove, sometimes.

The upside of this is that I’m starting to recognise and talk to people in my community, which is great. We’ve got friendly neighbours and we live in the kind of place where people will stop and have a chat with you.

Bethany Dickey · Ambassador, Accounting Student

This was basically my routine in high school, although I usually didn’t have extra time for some reason. My routine is vastly different while I’m away at school, but in the past two summers when I’ve lived at home, this is what I’ve done.

Heather Wardell · Author of Fifteen Novels

The meditation part has only been included since March but I love it. I do it in the morning and before bed but I’ve found that the principles of it affect every moment of my day. The rest of it has been fairly consistent for several years now, except the 5 Minute Journal which was only released recently.

Paul French · Writer, Wonder Junkie

A few months.

Priorities shift (rebuilding my shoulder, for example), but I’ve never been able to get straight to work. I like to go outside and breathe a bit first.

Garrick van Buren · Father of Four, Product Strategist

This has been my morning routine for the past six months, and it takes about 75 minutes.

If I get up closer to 5:00am than 5:30, I’ll squeeze in a 3-5 mile run which can extend it to two hours. Either way, the goal is to complete everything by 7:00am when I need to help the kids with their morning.

I still mark on my wall calendar when I’ve completed everything in the routine. My longest stretch is twenty-six consecutive days. Days when I complete everything in the morning routine before 7:00am are significantly better than days I don’t. Having more significantly better days is a strong incentive to complete the entirety of the morning routine.

Gray Miller · Grandparent, Writer, Speaker

“Stuck with” is perhaps stretching it. I prefer it, but I manage it perhaps 70-80% of the time.

When I’m traveling – which I do a lot – I tend to have a problem keeping to my routine. Some of that is self-consciousness (I’m usually traveling with others) and some is just not having the privacy/accessibility for that kind of practice. Still trying to work that out…

Melissa Fergusson · Parent, Creative director, Actor

My morning routine is extremely flexible. Sometimes, I have appointments and meetings at 7:00am weekly, so therefore the triple shot latte and breakfast normally extend out until past 9:00am.

The above routine has been on-going for approximately six years or so.

Ruchika Batra · Lifestyle Coach, Yoga Teacher

I started getting into this routine after I completed my yoga teacher training course this May (2013) and subsequently retouched my spiritual practice after quitting my corporate job.

The thing about working on yourself is you feel incomplete if you don’t do it every day, so since this time it’s been approximately seven months of active living. There are days when you do feel lazy but I usually keep them going even if I get laid back.

Richard Wotton · Newly Qualified Media Studies Teacher

A month into my NQT (newly qualified teacher) year and it seems to be working for me.

I was never an early riser before, having a reputation for sleeping in to 1-2:00pm while doing my first degree at university. However, having worked in schools for four years now, I am used to the early 6:00am starts.

I find I am the most productive at the start of my day, maybe it’s because I am fresh, or maybe it’s because I know I have twenty five moody teenagers ready to be bluntly honest about me if my lessons are boring and dull.

Ricardo Laborin · Parent, Former Investment Banker

This routine started July 5 2013, right after quitting an eleven year career as an investment banker at Credit Suisse.

My routine changed DRAMATICALLY. I used to wake up at 5:45am, shower, put my suit on, and run for the office to get there before the financial markets opened. I don’t miss it at all!!

Jane Reggievia Santoso · Writer, Coffee Drinker

Since I moved to Bali, Indonesia, a few months ago.

Before then I spent four years in China for college, and my routine was entirely different. Back then I didn’t have my nice morning breakfast; we usually had breakfast in class because of our schedule. Gosh, our teacher hated us eating in the classroom!

Merja Willock · Artist, Wanderer

As it is so fluid and I constantly change elements according to how I feel and what my mind and body needs the most, it’s a bit difficult to say, but my mornings have definitely been more self-care centered for the last couple of years.

One thing that I have religiously done daily since last December is oil pulling, and my teeth have never been in better condition.

Lauren McCabe · Writer, Mermaid

I’ve kept this specific routine for almost two years, but a morning routine for well over five years. In college, I was a night owl – I hardly ever woke before 10:00am – but my life has changed drastically since then and now calls for much more careful doling out of time.

I am officially a morning bird.

Krista Goral · IT Consultant, Writer

A few months. Not because another one failed, but because my schedule and lifestyle is always changing, so I do too.

When I worked as a consultant, I had some projects where I flew to other cities every week and others where I travelled by train to the suburbs. Each time I get a new schedule, my morning is adjusted accordingly. I try to be adaptable and like to experiment with new habits.

Paul Farmiga · Marketer, CrossFit Enthusiast

Years ago I was not a “morning person” at all. I wanted to learn what it meant to be a morning person, and broke that routine cold turkey. It’s been nearly a year in this current routine, and I love every single moment of it.

Jana Schuberth · Coach, World Champion Dragonboat Racer

It’s been roughly like this for a good two years, ever since I started P90X and working out every day of the week. Doing my sport in the morning sets me up for a good day; making me feel I’ve done my good deed for my body and it’s out of the way.

Richard Boehmcke · Writer, Stage Director

The routine changes and evolves as the kind of work changes and evolves.

This summer I have a bunch of travel coming up so I’m going to have to come up with a new routine to both find a way to be productive and take advantage of the new exciting environments I will be visiting. I didn’t become an entrepreneur so I could spend more time indoors and less time living my life.

My challenge now is to figure out how to merge life and work without completely losing focus and ending up lost and alone (that might be a little dramatic, but hey, it runs through my head).

Sarah Kathleen Peck · Writer, Designer, Long-Distance Swimmer

This has been my routine for the past couple of years.

In college, I woke up at 5:29am four times a week for morning practice, and on the weekends was at the pool by 8:00. I feel positively indulgent in my routine today, although it’s still fairly similar—just not quite as rigorous.

Nicole Antoinette · Distance Runner, Vintage Dress Hoarder

It’s been about a year now, which means it’s nicely habitual at this point. It took a while for that to happen, but by being consistent day after day over such a long period of time, I’ve created a routine to fall back on automatically, even on days when I don’t really want to (and believe me, those days happen!)

Sam Spurlin · Writer, Ph.D Student

I’ve been doing this routine, or a slight variation of it, for a long time. I think I’ve always been a pretty early riser but I’ve only been lifting consistently in the morning for the past two months or so.

Patrick Kontschak · Developer, Bacon Addict

About three years now. I’ve had different morning routines which included cornflakes for breakfast and a shower in the morning.

At some point I started to prefer showering during the calm night/evening though.

Amit Sonawane · Reader, Writer, Devout Tea Drinker

It has probably been this way for pretty much my entire adult life. I’m now twenty-six.

In college, some mornings were spent nodding off in the class, but besides that it has remained pretty much the same. As far as routine is concerned, for me it is not so much when I do certain things but what things I do. I think if I ever went back in time and tracked the exact time I’ve woken up for the last fifteen years or so, you’d see 6:45am as my wake-up time 90% of the time.

Will Peach · Writer, Frequent Traveler

I seem to go through short bouts of adherence to particular routines. The aforementioned period in Spain lasted around six months (coincidentally until the editor/saboteur of this very site came to visit me in Granada), just after I’d moved to Extremadura and really needed to focus on freelance stuff I’d been thrown the opportunity to do.

Now that I’ve moved on from Spain to Asia, the routine I previously set for myself has long gone. Over the past few months I’ve started my days in hotel room capsules in Singapore, Vietnamese family homes, back street Cambodian brothels and now, finally, a Bangkok condo.

Adrian Sanders · Co-Founder of Backspaces

This is the only routine I’ve been able to stick through over the years. It could probably be a lot better and healthier. I’ve tried a lot of things but nothing seemed to stick; working out, jogging, cooking, meditating, etc.

MMR seems like a good place to get some positive inspirations.

Kashyapi · Meditation and Zen Teacher

I have woken early since 2007, when I finally recovered from seven years of illness.

I figure I rested and slept enough in those seven years. I have meditated since the 1990s, daily since 2000. I first began to read and study Zen, and to meditate, back in 1982. This practice goes back a long way with me.

Shawn Mihalik · Author, Rock Climber

My routine has been similar to this for a couple years now, but only in the last few months have I been able to finally make stick the habit of waking up early.

I used to stay up late and wake up as late as ten or eleven in the morning, but ever since I got my first real publishing contract a few months ago, I’ve been waking up early because early morning is when I seem to do my best and most productive writing.

Manuel Loigeret · French Developer and Yogi

It has been around two years but I took some breaks on the way. It’s actually difficult to wake up at 5:00am during winter. Sometime, I purposely decide to wake up later. It’s just to be a little more in sync with the natural rhythm. Also this routine has changed and it’s continually evolving. When I started waking up at 5:00am I didn’t know what to do with myself, I was just doing it because cool people were doing it too. So it took me some time to find out that it was important to take care of me and start the day on a positive note.

Also it takes some time to get used to it. At first, I was a zombie, but after a month it was really natural for me to get up at 5:00am. I would say it’s a good thing to start as a good resolution for New Year and wake up around sunrise everyday. That’s what I did last year after stopping this routine for one or two months. In the end it makes it really natural and easy.