Routine can make or break your day. 

A good routine is a catalyst for an incredibly productive day, where you’re operating like a machine, crushing your goals, and moving boundaries.

A bad routine is a catalyst for ending up on the couch, rabbit holing youtube series, wondering where your day went. 

Take it from someone whose done it…

 Adjusting my routine allows me to dominate whatever I have on my to-dodo list, I also notice that I find more me time when I have a written routine. 

Now don’t expect my routine to work for you, don’t expect this list of others routine to work for you either; what you should pay attention to is how their routines are structured. We all have different minds, different work ethics, you may work better at night then you do in the morning.

Monday’s might be the day you can wake up, put your hard hat on and get to drilling, orrrrrr it might be the day you catch up on rest post a busy weekend. 

Regardless, pay attention, connect the dots and implement these strategies for a more optimal lifestyle. 

1. Jack Dorsey, “The only way to do this is to be very disciplined and very practiced”

To get everything done, Jack puts in an 8-hour day at each company, every day. Of course, in a recent interview Jack said that he only did this routine for a limited time and today he is more fully focused on Square.

Back then, when he wrote the post however, it meant that he’s doing 16-hour workdays, Monday-Friday. 

Jack’s trick in staying productive while putting in such long hours is to theme his days. Each weekday is dedicated to a particular area of the business at both companies. Here’s what his themed week looks like:

Monday: Management and running the company

Tuesday: Product

Wednesday: Marketing and communications, growth

Thursday: Developers and partnerships

Friday: Company culture and recruiting

2. Benjamin Franklin: “Evening question: What good have I done today?”

Benjamin Franklin is known for being keen on self-improvement. He detailed a thirteen-week plan to practice important virtues such as cleanliness, and temperance. Each day he tracked his progress on a chart.

5-9am – Rise, Wash, and address Powerful Goodness;

Contrive day’s business and take resolution of the day;

Prosecute the present study; Eat Breakfast 

9 – 12pm – Work 

12 – 2pm – Read or overlook my accounts and dine 

3- 6pm – Work 

6 – 12am – Clean, Eat Dinner, Music or diversion, conversation; Examine the day. 


3. Barack Obama: “Get a head start on tomorrow, tonight”

Barack Obama is a fan of sharing meals with his family. 

He eats breakfast with his wife and daughters every morning before helping to get his daughters ready for school. 

He reads newspapers and does his exercise (weights and cardio) early in the morning, before hitting the Oval Office around 9am.

He eats dinner with his family, then often returns to work; aides have seen him in the Oval Office as late as 10 p.m., reading briefing papers for the next day.

4. Gary Vee: “For me, every minute counts, so my schedule is planned down to the second.”

And I’m not kidding: I’ve had, and continue to have, three- and four-minute meetings.

Gary Vee tells Business Insider: The first thing I do when I wake up is grab my cell- phone and take it to the bathroom with me, where I start my day by consuming quite a lot of information.

I go to TechMeme and check out the headlines. I read Jason Hirschhorn’s email newsletter, MediaREDEF.

Then I hit the news outlets, primarily Business Insider and ESPN.

After all this comes my workout with my trainer Muscle Mike. I usually work out for 45 minutes to an hour.

After the workout, I head back home to say bye to my kids before they go to school. I hug them for five minutes, give them a kiss and they’re off. After getting myself ready, I’m off to my first meeting of the day, which is often before 9 a.m.

5. Larry June: “I have a routine that keeps my mind right” 

Larry June is the definition of a focused artist on the grind. Ever since last year, Larry hasn’t missed a step, one of his marketing strategies was releasing a new video every two weeks. His latest mixtape “Out The Trunk” is a breathe of fresh air for the striving entrepreneur. 

Below is Larry’s Morning Routine

  1. I wake up at 6:15
  2. Drink Water
  3. Take a Jog 
  4. Go to the ocean
  5. Smoke