They’ve been up and about before most people even wake up. What do most successful people have in common? They start early.

Many start the day by checking email. They quickly scan for urgent messages or craft important emails while their minds are clear.

Successful people also plan and strategize while they’re fresh. Using mornings to do big-picture thinking helps visualize and prioritize the day, week, or month.

They read the news. Most successful people have a pre-breakfast ritual for getting the latest headlines. By the time they get to work, they have a pretty good idea of what’s going on in the world.

The top morning activity of the rich and powerful is exercise. Exercising in the morning means they can’t run out of time to do it later.

Another thing many successful people do is meditate.

Many devote themselves to a spiritual practice like meditation or prayer to center themselves before the rush of the day. Studies show just 10 minutes of meditation can be very helpful.