Developing a mindset for success in your business starts off with your daily habits. Here’s what the perfect daily routine looks like for many successful entrepreneurs.

Rise and shine

Mornings often set the mood for the rest of your day, so they’re the perfect time to centre your thoughts and meditate on your vision and goals. Many entrepreneurs are known for waking up in the early hours of the morning (4-5 am) in order to exercise, do yoga, meditate and start the day off with a clear mind.

However, if you’re more of a night owl, you can use your flexible schedule to your advantage, by opting to go to bed later and waking up later in the day. Listen to your body and set your sleeping schedule according to which times you’re most focused and productive.

While most entrepreneurs have a put-together style, you’ll find that many big names, such as Steve Jobs, have a minimalist, simplified wardrobe for the sake of saving time and unnecessary decision making in the morning. While you don’t need to wear black turtlenecks every day of your life, keeping your morning routine simple and organised can get you focused and ready for the day.

Work time

Entrepreneurs are often seen as workaholics, and there is some truth to that. However, what makes most of them successful is less about working non-stop, and more about working smarter. Having a plan before tackling issues and being able to solve problems quickly is what many business owners thrive on.

Being as productive as possible during the day requires self-discipline and eliminating distractions, like social media. Entrepreneurs stay focused on their goals, and aren’t fans of wasting any time during the day.

Entrepreneurs also know how to prioritise, tackling the most urgent issues first and getting the small tasks out of the way early in the day, so they can dedicate the rest of their time to their larger, more complex projects.


Once the day’s work is completed, most people like to wind down, and successful entrepreneurs are no different. Although you’re a business owner, it’s still important to maintain a balance with your personal life. Many enjoy relaxing with a book, reading or watching the news of the day or catching up with friends and family. If you’re planning on getting up early the following day, then be sure to get enough rest so you’re sharp in the morning!

Routines are different from person to person, so while the way these CEOs do it may be effective for them, it’s still important for you to experiment, listen to your body and mind, and create the right routine for yourself. A good routine compliments your personality and enhances the positive qualities that set you up for success.

Remember to check out our Entrepreneurship section, where we regularly share tips, tricks, tools and industry secrets to help you along your journey.

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