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The Morning Routines of 12 Women Leaders

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Samantha Ettus writes:

We thrive from the consistency and efficiency of routines; they reduce our deliberation and in turn, our stress. So it is no wonder that these 12 extraordinary women adhere to strict ones.

Each of these women is at the top of her industry. On average she wakes up at 6:03am, she prioritizes breakfast, and dedicates much of the morning to getting her kids up and out. Two of the women here are childless so their wake up times are significantly later. And then there are the empty nesters who tend to wake early as a remnant of the kid years.

While each of their approaches differs, these successful women all view their daily routines in small increments to keep them on track and thriving. Whether it’s the designer, the doctor, the CFO or the media mogul, their morning rituals are a vital ingredient in their secret sauce.

These women sure get a lot done in the morning before work!

Mine looks more like wake up - pee - go into office(home). :)

Your morning routine is a lot more like mine, Beth.

I'm fascinated by how type "A" people live their lives!

What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while:

I'm sure this isn't going to be a popular opinion, but it is creepy and fascinating to me how every one of these ladies has a super-ascetic lifestyle (none of them even eats an egg! It's just juices, teas, and exercise!) and also feels the need to somehow justify her routines by reference to kids. EVEN THE ONES WITH NO KIDS mention kids!!! Not a single one of these high-powered ladies will admit to the presence of a nanny, or a husband who does fuck-all, or specifying time they have to spend on their own hair and makeup and clothes even if their jobs require them to look a certain way every day. To take these accounts literally is to believe that they are so busy brushing their daughters' hair that they don't even bother to do their own. Only one even has a realistic 1+ hour gap in her routine for "shower and get ready".

I think it might be more instructive for female readers to ask themselves why high-powered female execs feel the UNIVERSAL need to represent themselves this way -- and why super-retrograde Forbes wants to print that shit -- than to take these accounts as actual representations of daily life among the lower half of the 1%.

Sounds like they each were interviewed individually without knowing how other women would answer. 

That they would all answer in similar fashion makes me wonder where they learned such behavior.

here is my reply.

"6am My little ladies wake up and I make their breakfast—green milk (almond milk with coconut water, banana and steamed baby spinach) and either whole wheat French toast or pancakes."


Christina, I laughed out loud, especially around 7:30 after the child refuses breakfast:

Scream “We are horribly late! Get dressed!” Child rejects clothing chosen.

Thanks, Adam!

The lie of the perfect mom hurts us all. :\

:) then LOL: "Decide for the apocalypse comes, and I’m coming to this park because the animals have so little fear even I could catch and eat them."

Geege, I liked that too!

Christina, why did all 12 women tell the same embellishment?

Is it that they want others to believe they can be a "perfect mom"?

Or is it that they truly believe they are that person?

I'm not an expert, just a mom. But I know to be a working mom is to be guilty. And also scared of losing something. If you are successful, you must work long hours, therefore if you are not perfect, you are scared of either being told (and believing it) that you are a bad mother, or feeling forced to leave the job that gives you fulfillment. So when asked to tell an "average" day, you tend to tell the best day. The one you had your shit together. and you are so sure everyone else is doing it better than you. 

That said, we all get up before the sun. 

Yeah, the getting up early makes sense. 

Your point about them presenting the best day as the average day is a good point.

The average day is filled with fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

The best day everything breaks right.

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