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A guide to the early morning habits that boost your productivity and relax you—featuring interviews with leaders like Arianna Huffington, General Stanley McChrystal, Marie Kondo, and more.
Marie Kondo performs a quick tidying ritual to quiet her mind before leaving the house. The president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, Ed Catmull, mixes three shots of espresso with three scoops of cocoa powder and two sweeteners. Fitness expert Jillian Michaels doesn't set an alarm, because her five-year-old jolts her from sleep by jumping into bed for a cuddle every morning.
Part instruction manual, part someone else's diary, the authors of My Morning Routine interviewed sixty-four of today's most successful people, including three-time Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni, Twitter cofounder Biz Stone, and General Stanley McChrystal–and offer timeless advice on creating a routine of your own.
Some routines are all about early morning exercise and spartan living; others are more leisurely and self-indulgent. What they have in common is they don't feel like a chore. Once you land on the right routine, you'll look forward to waking up.
This comprehensive guide will show you how to get into a routine that works for you so that you can develop the habits that move you forward. Just as a Jenga stack is only as sturdy as its foundational blocks, the choices we make throughout our day depend on the intentions we set in the morning. Like it or not, our morning habits form the stack that our whole day is built on.
Whether you want to boost your productivity, implement a workout or meditation routine, or just learn to roll with the punches in the morning, this book has you covered.
About the Author
Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander are the founders of mymorningroutine.com. Spall is the co-author of My Morning Routine (Portfolio/Penguin), in which today’s most talented creatives and businesspeople share their secrets to unlocking greater energy, focus, and calm—starting first thing in the morning. He has written for outlets including the New York Times, New York Observer, Quartz, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, CNBC, and more.
“After a productive morning where I accomplish my big things, the rest of the day can be played by ear. It’s all extra from there.” –Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle Is the Way
“A big part of my morning routine is about what I don’t do: when I wake up, I don’t look at my phone.” –Arianna Huffington
“The quiet time between 6:00-7:30 AM is when some of my best work gets done. It’s my time to read, think, and prepare for the day ahead.” –Bill McNabb, chairman of The Vanguard Group
“If I don’t get a chance to play with my son in the morning I feel like I missed something that I’ll never get back.” –Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter
“I travel a lot for work, so my days are always different. Having a morning routine really means fitting things in around everything else.” –Cameron Russell, fashion model and cultural activist
“Find certain things you know you should do, don’t like to do, or make excuses to avoid, and then do them every day.” –General Stanley McChrystal, author of Team of Teams; retired U.S. Army General