For some of us, daily responsibilities are limited to "showing up to work for eight hours" and "breathing." Others, have a little more weight on their backs -- like entire TV shows, record labels, and countries. Because we've woken up many nights wondering what Maya Angelou was doing
that very second, we combed articles and books for some insight into what she and eight other famous, successful people do and did on an average day. If it's taught us anything, it's that we need to be getting out of bed much, much earlier.
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(From her book Why Not Me? ) Wake up at 5am Shower, drive to Universal Studios Report to hair and makeup by 6am Start shooting for The Mindy Project at 7:45am Break for lunch around noon Drive to writers' room in production office to go over their work Table read for next episode at 1pm Makeup again at 2pm, back to shooting at 2:30pm Voice-over recording at 5:30pm Quick nap wherever at 6pm More shooting at 6:15pm Wrap by 8:15pm, go to writers' dinner at 8:30pm Editing starting at 9:30pm Collapse in bed (possibly without putting on actual pajamas) at 12:30am Jerod Harris/WireImage/Getty Images Stephen King
(From his books On Writing and Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King ) Sit down with cup of water or glass of tea around 8am or 8:30am Take vitamin pill, start writing Write for at least four-six hours in same seat, with papers arranged the same way Take afternoon nap, catch up on letters Read, watch Red Sox games, spend time with family Make any necessary revisions Go to sleep Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Jay Z
(From The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch ) Get up around 8am Eat breakfast, run a mile Get into office, catch up on e-mails Meetings Listen to new music (legally) Check in at studio Grab dinner Head to Barclays Center, watch Nets game Sleep Fox/Fox Image Collection/Getty Images Gordon Ramsay
(From Business Insider and Reddit AMA) Wake up at 5am Go to the gym Have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast Tape Master Chef until 9pm or 10pm Eat something quick Call the UK around midnight to say good morning to kids Catch up with London business Go to sleep at 2am Wikimedia Commons/The Official White House Photostream Barack Obama
(From Vanity Fair and public schedules) Get up at dawn, immediately head to gym Put in 45 minutes of weight and cardio Scan papers over breakfast, see daughters off to school Quick rundown of day with chief of staff Daily intelligence briefing with vice president and national security team at 9:30am Economic briefing Discussion with congressional leadership over legislation Meeting with senior advisers or international dignitary Deliver remarks for labor summit Meeting with vice president and secretary of state Wrap meeting with chief of staff around 6:30pm Dinner with wife and daughters Catch up on calls and e-mails beginning around 8:30pm Get to bed sometime around midnight Maddie Meyer/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images Erin Andrews
(From Elle and ) The New Potato Wake up, drink hot lemon water Leave hotel by 8:30am Arrive at arena, prep for interviews Report on NFL Sunday for Fox Wrap coverage, head to airport Board plane back to LA Land around midnight, head home and crash before Dancing with the Stars the next morning Maya Angelou Maya Angelou
(From The Paris Review and The Daily Beast) Left the house at 6am Arrived at hotel room she kept at 6:30am Wrote on made-up bed (she didn't let the staff change the sheets) with dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, yellow pads, and Bible Left room by about 2pm to return home Showered, went food shopping Cooked dinner for herself and possible guests Cleaned dishes Read over everything she wrote that morning, edited Turned in for the night Amanda Edwards/WireImage/Getty Images Carrie Brownstein
(From The Wall Street Journal ) Grab an everything pretzel bagel and cappuccino around 7am Begin shooting scenes for Portlandia at 8am Break for makeup touch-ups between takes Wrap at night, head to dinner with Fred Armisen and writer(s) at 9:45pm Go home, relieve dog nanny, head to bed Flickr/Marquette University Dwyane Wade
(From Haute Living ) Get up at 7am, join sons for breakfast Meet team trainers at 9am for treatment Start two-hour practice at 10am Answer questions at media session after practice Meet with business manager at 12:30pm Head home around 3pm to catch up with sons after school, take quick nap Get 5pm massage or acupuncture Meet with stylist to discuss wardrobe for upcoming events Dinner at 7pm Catch up on favorite show, Scandal, before going to bed
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Scandal Kristin Hunt is a staff writer for Thrillist, and would gladly watch with Dwyane Wade. Follow her to presidential affairs: @kristin_hunt.