Morning routines you can copy from successful Kenyans

The morning habits of prominent Kenyans that you can embrace

While we may all have different ways to start a day, we can learn a lot from the morning routines of successful people.

Moreover, these routines can help us gain insights into how they are able to create the successful businesses, products, and achievements we see today.

Here are morning habits of some prominent Kenyans that you can embrace:

Tabitha Karanja - CEO, Keroche Breweries

Ms Karanja’s day usually begins at 5am with a 10-minute workout which helps her start the day.

“I have to do 10-minutes on the treadmill; and then after the treadmill I prepare myself for work. Being a woman, I tidy my room — unlike a man who will just get up and leave,” she said in a past interview.

And a prayer also comes in handy because she says a divine hand is always welcome in solving worldly problems.

She forgoes breakfast at home if the the day is too demanding.

Retired President Daniel Moi

For the 24 years Moi served as Kenya's 2nd President, not once did he report to office later than 6.30am, recalls his long-time press officer Lee Njiru.

“He used to have appointments even at 6am,” said Mr Njiru.

And it is the same routine he follows years later after his retirement.

According to Mr Njiru, what keeps the former head-of-state up in the morning are the schools and farms that he helps run.

Mr Moi operates from either his Nairobi or Nakuru offices.

Simon Gicharu - Founder, Mt Kenya University

Dr Gicharu starts his day at around 4a.m., a culture he inherited from his days as a student at Murang’a High School.

“We used to wake up very early in the morning. When you are fresh, your mind concentrates even more when you wake up very early."

He then heads to the gym for a one-hour workout before sprucing up and getting to the office by 7a.m.

The 54-year old says morning hours provide the best time to strategize for the day's activities.

King Kaka - Rapper

Kennedy Ombima, popularly known as King Kaka, wakes up at 4.30am on the three days he works each week — Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

His first activity is watching a movie.

"I usually wake up, pray then head straight to the TV. I watch TV for about 30 minutes — that’s until about 5am. Then I shower, make preparations up to 5.30am," he said.

The rapper then enjoys a heavy morning meal as he considers himself a person with a poor diet.

Jacqueline Mugo - Executive Director, Federation of Kenya Employers

Ms Mugo's days starts at 5a.m. with morning workouts and prayers.

“I exercise in the house because I realised going to the gym every morning will not work. I prefer aerobics or zumba,” she said.

She has learnt to be a morning person because of her work demands.

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