Pre-Breakfast Habits of Highly Successful People

8 December 2015


Many people think squeezing in breakfast before work is a feat in itself.  However, research from the World Economic Forum (WEF) states that successful people make the most of their mornings.

The WEF has published a list of 14 things that successful people do in their mornings before the first meal of the day.

  1. Wake up early – 90% of executives wake up before 6am on weekdays.
  2. Drink water instead of coffee. Drinking water in the morning apparently helps you feel more alert.
  3. Exercise. Beyond the fact that exercising in the morning means they can’t later run out of time, a before-breakfast workout helps reduce stress later in the day.
  4. Work on a top priority business project.
  5. Work on a “passion project”.
  6. Invest in family time, like reading stories to the kids or cooking a breakfast together.
  7. Connect with spouses before you are tired from the day’s activities.
  8. Make your bed. This leads to a happier day.
  9. Network over coffee.
  10. Meditate to clear your mind.
  11. Write down things you’re grateful for.
  12. Plan for the day ahead. Using the mornings to do big-picture thinking helps you prioritize and set the trajectory of the day.
  13. Check your e-mail.
  14. Read the news.

Light Between a Rock and a Hard Place

How they stack up Brazil South Africa
GDP (current $) $2.346 trillion (2014) $349.8 billion (2014)
GDP growth rate (projected) -2.26% 2%
Total population 202 million (2014) 54 million (2014)
Life expectancy 74 (2013) 57 (2013)
Unemployment 7.5% 25.1%
Poverty headcount (% of population) 8.9% (2013) 53.8% (2013)
Competitiveness ranking 57th 56th
Exports to Chinas (2013, % of total) 19.01% 12.66%
Exports to China (value, 2013) $46 billion $12 billion
Imports from China (2013, % of total) 15.57% 15.48%
Imports from China (value, 2013) R37 billion $16 billion

Source:  The World Bank, OECD, Statistics SA, Reuters, Business ?Day, Trading Economics, World Economic Forum, WITS