There is something to be said about rising and grinding on the regular. Morning people are usually a rare breed of human, who are able to jolt up at the first stroke of an alarm clock and immediately spring into action to either make breakfast, rally the kids or handle that a.m. workout.
In November 2014, Forbes featured 12 woman leaders and their morning routines, a link that remains open on my personal iPhone Safari browser — as a reminder that shit can get done before 8 a.m.
On average, these sheroes rose at 6:03 a.m. to prioritize the aforementioned tasks. Whether you’re part of the no-snooze gang like TV writer Nell Scovell or shake awake thanks to an internal clock at 5:44 a.m. a la CFO Leslie Hale, there is no concrete rule for making the most of the morning besides embracing it.
Another common thread was the early sweat sessions. Designer Stacy Bendet hops out of bed at 4:45 a.m. to conquer an hour-long round of 3rd or 4th series ashtanga yoga (power yoga and vinyasa yoga are derivatives of the yoga style) while entrepreneur Gregg Renfrew makes sure to squeeze in a Core Fusion class or a hike in the Santa Monica mountains.
Peruse these powerhouses’ morning itineraries then design your own manageable routine (I once tried to rise at 4:00 a.m. with an alarm label that read “BEYONCE WOULD WAKE UP RIGHT NOW” and still managed to hit snooze… repeatedly). Start your day with a whole lot of productive me-time before you have to boss up for work.