What is it that separates successful startup founders and entrepreneurs from regular folk like us? Their morning routines!

We often hear about the morning routines of entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg and how they’re entirely different from the routines of most people.

So, from waking up at 4am to cycling to work almost every day, here are some of the most interesting things that female entrepreneurs throughout the world do that we could possibly emulate.

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1. Arianna Huffington

Writer and editor-in-chief Ariana Huffington told MyDomaine that she doesn’t start her day by looking at her smartphone.

Instead, the Huffington Post co-founder focuses on setting her intentions for the day.

According to meditation teacher Kelsey Patel, setting an intention is part of activating receptivity. “If you were to go out in the day, and not have set any intention or created any type of prayer or manifestation of how you want the day to go, then you’re getting on a bike with no direction.” So, how can you start setting intentions for the day?

Start by taking 10 minutes out of your schedule and focus on what you’re most able to accomplish in the day. Throughout the day, remind yourself of your goals as they’ll keep you in track.

2. Whitney Wolfe

Even if you don’t know who Whitney is, chances are, you’ve used one of the apps that she’s co-founded.

Whitney is actually the co-founder of dating apps Tinder and Bumble. Whitney’s net worth is said to be worth a cool $250 million. So, when she dishes out tips on how to successfully start your day, we’re listening!

For Whitney, getting in about 30 minutes of exercise in a day is essential to getting a good start. “Depending on my schedule, I try to fit in 30 minutes of exercise before I get ready and head to the office. I think it’s important to be active even if it’s only for 30 minutes,” she told Newsette.

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3. Sylvia LaFair

Sylvia is an award-winning life coach and author who has worked with various MNCs throughout America.

For Sylvia, listening to music while getting dressed revs up her engine for the day. “Anything by Mozart or The Beatles will create inner harmony for the day,” she says.

4. Jen Rubio

While meditation is important for Jen, she takes it a step further and spends an hour thinking about big picture strategies and catching up on emails before she gets into meetings or steps foot in the office.

For Jen, this ensures that she’s focused for the day and she knows exactly what she needs to do. Jen is the founder of Away, a luggage company that’s worked with plenty of celebrities including basketball player Dwayne Wade.

5. Oprah Winfrey

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There’s no way we could do a list on female entrepreneurs without including Oprah in it. For the uninitiated, Oprah is a celebrity talk show host and the owner of her own media company.

She starts her day by waking up as early as possible so she can record two shows in the morning. Prior to all of this though, Oprah takes a few minutes to meditate and hits the treadmill.

6. Indra Nooyi

Another powerhouse entrepreneur, Indra Nooyi is the former CEO of PepsiCo. Besides being CEO, Indra has consistently ranked as one of the world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes.

Indra starts her day by waking up as early as 4am and arrives at the office no later than 7 am according to Success magazine. For Indra, getting up earlier means more time for productivity.

One more thing Indra does that separates her from everyone else is that she’s always finding ways to better herself and her products. CNBC reported that in the early years of running Pepsi, Indra would often head down to grocery stores to see how her products looked like on shelves. In doing so, Indra was able to see how her products appealed to consumers.

7. Sheryl Sandberg

Like most famous entrepreneurs, Sheryl wakes up early as well in order to get more done in a day. However, the Facebook COO also keeps a to-do list in a notebook to keep her on track with what she has to do. After she’s completed everything on her list, Sheryl rips a page off the notebook and moves on to what she has to do next.

According to Business Insider, Sheryl also makes it a point to leave the office at 5.30pm no matter how busy she is. Prior to her husband’s death, Sheryl would have dinner with her family and get them to talk about the best and worst parts of their day. Sheryl continues to observe this practice even after her husband’s death to make sure she and her family members get to spend time together.

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8. Susan Wojcicki

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Susan is the CEO of YouTube and has been with the company since 2014.

As a mum, Susan has talked about how she tries to keep a work-life balance so she’s able to see her family and spend time with them more often. Keeping in line with that, Susan makes it a point to leave work on time to have dinner with her children.

“I try, because I found that if I’m home for dinner, I can get the scoop from my kids on the day. After my kids go to bed, I check email. It’s about having that balance,” she told The Today Show.

9. Anne Wojcicki

It seems success runs in the Wojcicki family because Susan’s sister, Anne Wojcicki is another impressive entrepreneur in her own right. Anne is the CEO of 23andMe, a personal genomics company that lets people find out more about their heritage and lineage.

Anne makes it a point to bike to and fro work every day. “The beauty of biking is, it gives me 30 minutes of uninterrupted time. No one’s calling, no one’s reaching out to me, and it’s outside so I think well,” she told Recode.

Watch how Anne gets her kids ready for school in the video below:


10. Randi Zuckerberg

As you’ve probably guessed by now, Randi’s the sister of Facebook CEO and co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg. However, the former market development and spokesperson of Facebook is also an accomplished editor-in-chief.

Randi started her own media company, Zuckerberg Media and produced an animated TV show.

To start her day, Randi abides by a mantra. “It says, “work, sleep, fitness, family, friends — pick three. There is a lot of pressure, especially on women, to do everything well, every single day. I like to give myself permission to do three things really well each day, and it can be a different three tomorrow, as long as it all balances out in the long run,” she tells Entrepreneur magazine.

11. Emily Weiss

Beauty mogul Emily doesn’t spend a lot of time getting ready. The Glossier girlboss swears by a quick beauty routine that doesn’t slow her life down — which is probably the inspiration behind the cult beauty brand.

If you’re a beauty junkie, chances are, you’ve seen or heard of Glossier through your Instagram or social media feeds. The four year-old brand harnessed the power of social media marketing with micro-influencers to quickly grow the brand from an e-commerce store to pop-ups and brick and mortar stores.

In her video as part of Glossier’s Get Ready With Me, Emily takes viewers through her day. Watch it below:

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12. Eva Chen

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The first thing the director of fashion partnerships at Instagram does is check her social media accounts for news on the latest happenings. She is after all, working for one of the biggest social media companies around.

Before joining Instagram, Eva was the beauty and health editor at Teen Vogue and editor-in-chief of the now defunct Lucky magazine. Eva is also a mother of two and travels frequently for her job.

13. Vanessa Paranjothy

Vanessa and her sisters are co-founders of local brand reusable menstrual cup brand, Freedom Cups. The brand has done so well locally and overseas that Forbes Asia listed Vanessa and her sisters as one of the 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs to watch in Asia.

As part of her morning routine, Vanessa meditates for 10 minutes and reads the news. However, what really motivates Vanessa to get up in the morning are the millions of women who have no access to any form of sanitation in different parts of the world as she said in this video. This gives Vanessa a sense of purpose in doing what she does every day.