21 Different Habits + Routines of the most Successful Entrepreneurs


Hey friends

How do successful entrepreneurs perform on a consistent basis in business and life?

They have set habits and follow routines.

I’ve collated a list of 21 of the most common habits and routines that can help set you up for success.

Start the day with a morning routine

  1. Give yourself more time by waking up earlier
  2. Make your bed
  3. Set your Most Important Tasks for the Day
  4. Connect with your bigger goals by journaling
  5. Meditate to prepare for the day

Workday habits that keep you focused and productive

  1. Skip the phone and email first thing in the morning
  2. Eat the frog (tackle something difficult when your energy is highest)
  3. Schedule (and take) more breaks
  4. "Batch" similar work together
  5. Set hard limits on certain activities
  6. Schedule your email and Messenger time (or create "office hours")
  7. Use Getting Things Done to build a habit of staying organised

Remember to disconnect from work

  1. Reflect on your accomplishments and write down 3 good things that happened
  2. Make space for mental solitude
  3. Spend time on a hobby
  4. Prepare for tomorrow with a ‘shutdown ritual’
  5. Turn off your devices at least 30 minutes before bed
  6. Journal and reflect on your day

Habits that optimize your energy and health

  1. Give your eyes a break
  2. Drink more water during the day
  3. Regular exercise

Start by choosing one to focus on next week.

Email or tweet me with your choice and I’ll send you some resources that will help.

Enjoy your weekly dose of marginal gains!

🚀 Performance Hacks

7 Steps to build the BEST Morning Routine | How to start your day (11mins)

Over the last 8 years, my morning routine has evolved. I’ve tried different habits, methods, and rituals to refine my current routine into a 9-step process. This can take as long as 2 hours or as little as 30 minutes. I’ve identified 7 essentials that you should consider, whether you’re getting started or developing your own morning routine.

Develop your own Success Mindset (2min)

We all have ambitions to change our lives for the better & create the lifestyle that we want. Those that do achieve their goals have learned to grow a Success Mindset. We can do the same by developing our own. with these 3 simple steps.

🧠 Brain Food

📚 Book: Key Person of Influence by Daniel Priestley. This is a must-read book for all entrepreneurs and those looking to start their own lifestyle businesses. It’s a how-to guide for turning your talent, skills, and ideas into products and services people love to buy. The KPI Method consists of 5 steps - The Perfect Pitch, Publishing Content, Product Ecosystem, Raising your Profile, and Partnering with Performers. You can also take the KPI test to discover your influence score and identify opportunities for growth.

📖 Blinkist: The Lean StartUp by Eric Reis. This Blink outlines the Lean StartUp Method for startups and businesses, which is based on lean manufacturing and agile development. It sets out the steps you need to take to produce a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and how to gain customer feedback quickly to test your business idea.

📝 Blog Post: Nobody Cares by Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreesen Horowitz, one of the biggest VC firms in the US. The most valuable lesson for me is “It’s best to spend zero time on what you could have done and all of your time on what you might do. Because in the end, nobody cares, just run your company.”

❓❓Two Questions

Question for you: Who is someone you love spending time with, but haven’t seen recently? Can you reach out to them today?

Question for me? Send me an email and I’ll be happy to help. If you want to have a chat to go deeper, schedule a Discovery Call.

✍🏾 Quote of the Week

In order to achieve great success, we must know resilience. Because, if we think that we’re going to succeed on the first try, or even the first few tries, then we’re sure to set ourselves up for a far more painful failure.”

From The Importance of Failure: 5 Valuable Lessons from Failing by Wanderlust Worker. Resurfaced using Readwise.

📱 Tools + Tech

💻 App: Gated. The average email user gets 1368 messages every month. Think about that for a minute. Gated challenges unknown senders to donate to charity in order to reach you. It helps you take back control of your attention by showing you emails that matter to you and reducing your email traffic by up to 43%. Using Gated is FREE and you can support causes you care about - my current cause is Doctors Without Borders.

🐦 Tweet: My Morning Routine

🧐 Interesting: A Russian study found that Lego sets may actually be a better long-term investment than stocks, bonds, or gold.

💡 Recommendations

🏃🏾‍♂️I use Freeletics to work out for 20 minutes a day, wherever I choose.

🩸 I use Lumen to track & monitor my metabolism throughout the day.