That might explain why some of the world’s most powerful people are early risers. According to Business Insider, Disney CEO Bob Iger wakes up at 4:30 a.m. to read. “It’s a time I can recharge my batteries a bit,” he told The New York Times in 2009. “I exercise and I clear my head and I catch up on the world. I read papers. I look at e-mail. I surf the Web. I watch a little TV, all at the same time.” Former President Barack Obama, meanwhile, starts off his mornings with strength and cardio training.
“He doesn’t hope to squeeze in a workout if he has time, he ensures he has time by doing it first thing,” wrote Robert Pagliarini of CBS News.
Another hard-to-adopt morning ritual that will greatly enrich your life involves taking on high-priority projects as soon as you wake up. That way, you won’t put them off once the minutiae of the day get in the way. The same goes for side projects or hobbies that you never have enough time to get to after a long day of meetings. Work on them in the mornings, and that novella you’ve been writing will be finished in no time.
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This post was originally published on September 18, 2016, and has since been updated.