Having switched her focus from acting gigs to aromatic stress treatments and the like, Goop founder Paltrow is now CEO of her own multi-million dollar lifestyle brand. The mother of two makes it work by skipping breakfast in favour of a smoothie and a cappuccino, and laying off the carbs at lunchtime. Despite all the talk of macrobiotic diets and moon dust, the star seems to have consciously uncoupled from an overly restrictive routine: dinner often involves wine, fries, or a “baguette dripping in cheese”, she told Net-A-Porter, and she’s cut her two hour workouts with celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson down to an hour and 15 minutes. Easy.
He’s CEO of Twitter and of Square, a mobile payments company, but Dorsey still manages to dedicate two hours each day to meditation. He saves time by not bothering with breakfast or lunch, eating just one meal a day between the hours of 6.30pm and 9pm. He also fasts all weekend from Friday evening to Sunday night, an approach he told the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast helps him to stay alert. Speaking of alert, we’re guessing his habit of getting out of bed and straight into an ice bath eliminates any morning grogginess.
Forget ice baths, the original super’s daily ritual of watching the sunrise from the jacuzzi at her Malibu beach house is one we could happily wake up early for. Crawford has said gazing at the ocean from the tub is “like my meditation”. She follows it up with a green tea, a smoothie packed with greens and protein powder, then 20 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights before starting work for the day, she told The Cut.
The web went wild when Wahlberg shared his incredibly intense – and highly specific – daily routine on Instagram last year. If rising at 2:30am weren’t mind-boggling enough, the actor and father of four revealed he fits two workouts, a quick round of golf and an hour in a cryo-recovery chamber around the school run, family time and work. No wonder he’s back in bed by 7:30pm.
One of the most influential women in America rises at 7:10am and starts her day the same way millions of the rest of us do: by taking the dogs out. From then on, just like her popular Super Soul Sunday podcast, it’s all about nourishing mind (Winfrey is a fan of 365 Gathered Truths, a box of meaningful quotes), body (twice daily workouts) and soul (she meditates and reads poetry). Winfrey ends each day with a bath. “I’m a bathing professional,” she says.
Rather than a crack of dawn alarm call, the world’s richest man is said to favour waking up naturally, and has been quoted as saying that he likes to “putter” over coffee and the paper in the morning. Despite the surprisingly leisurely start, the Amazon chief is thought to take a military approach to his business meetings. Important topics are only ever discussed before lunch, and Bezos doesn’t do big meetings – if two pizzas isn’t enough to feed the entire group, it doesn’t happen.
The COO of Facebook is said to keep surprisingly sensible hours. According to Business Insider, the mother-of-two plans her morning around the school run and leaves the office at 5:30pm sharp. Sandberg unwinds by reading or watching “bad TV”, and switches off her phone at night before getting an early night. Despite being one of the most high-profile women in tech, she keeps track of things with the help of a decidedly old-school spiral-bound notebook.
When she was the First Lady, Michelle Obama was famously said to set her alarm for 4:30am so that she could squeeze in a workout before starting her day. She’s switched up her wardrobe since leaving the White House (so long, sensible heels, hello thigh high Balenciaga boots), so while she’s busier than ever on the back of record-breaking sales of her book Becoming, we’d like to think she allows herself a lie in now too.
Vogue‘s contributing beauty editor starts each day with a mantra: “Dare to dream it, dare to believe, dare to do it.” Breakfast is specially blended herbal tea, a boiled egg and buckwheat toast, she told Net-A-Porter. At the end of each day Tilbury, who relaxes with the help of acupuncture and podcasts, retreats to the bathroom, where she makes liberal use of her own range of products (her Clay Mask is a go-to) by the light of her favourite Diptyque candles.