It's no secret that we're fascinated by morning routines—we've studied the rituals of everyone from Jessica Alba to Barack Obama. Not only does your morning set the tone for the entire day, but also, what you choose to do after opening your eyes and rolling out of bed can be the difference between professional success and failure. To further our research into the picture-perfect a.m. ritual, we're taking notes from Prevention's list of inspiring morning habits, straight from the mouths of authors, entrepreneurs, activists, and more. In their own words, here's how to start any day off on the right foot before even sitting down for breakfast:
They Make a Master To-Do List
"I start off in the morning thinking of what goals I'd like to accomplish for the week. From there, I get organized by looking at my calendar and creating a 'master' to-do list of upcoming tasks and deadlines. As I go about my day, I'm either checking off that list or adding to it. I make adjustments accordingly. If a certain task doesn't get done that day, I move it to the next. I repeat this daily." — Katie Willcox, model, body-image activist, and author of Healthy Is the New Skinny
They Listen to an Uplifting Playlist
"The thing that makes me the absolute happiest in the morning is my music. I custom-create playlists for my clients because the workouts themselves are so attuned to the music. My own personal inspiration comes from the music. I swear I'm ready to jump by the time I get to my client because I feel so revved up from the music selection. I feel like I attract attention on the train because I'm moving to the music and smiling." — Mahri Relin, founder of Body Conceptions
They Read Inspirational Quotes
"I got married this past year, so one of my favorite rituals is starting the day by chatting with my husband. We both travel quite a bit, so it lets us start our day together—even if we are in different cities. Also, I love to read inspirational quotes in the morning—it helps add optimism and purpose to my day." — Payal Kadakia, founder of ClassPass
How do you set yourself up for success in the morning? Share your routine with us below.