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Want to know which things you should never do in the morning if you want to have a productive rest of the day?
The morning plays a very important part in your day, the first hour after you wake up should leave you prepared and productive.
So, it’s right to say that, if you conquer your mornings, there is a high chance that you’ll conquer the rest of the day. With that being said:
Here are 6 bad morning habits that you should never do in the morning, even if it has been your routine for a long time.
These habits will destroy your motivation and lead you down the wrong path for the day, so ditch them!
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1. hitting the snooze button.
You knew this was coming on the list. The Snooze button is your worst enemy in the mornings. Each time you’re hitting that button you’re making it harder and harder to be productive.
First things first, waking up every 10 minutes is terrible for you and your brain.
It leaves you tired throughout the day because 10 minutes isn’t a sufficient amount of time for your brain to get deep sleep.
And by the time the alarm goes off again, you’ll be more likely to hit the snooze button again because you’ll feel more tired than you felt before.
By the time you finally get out of bed, your morning gets smaller, harder, and a lot more stressful.
You’ll have to rush through some, if not all of your healthy morning habits, you might skip breakfast entirely, just to get to work on time.
And that, in its own turn, creates more stress, making it harder to concentrate on your work.
If that doesn’t seem like a whole lot of mess, then you need to hear this.
Hitting the snooze button is admitting defeat as your first action of the day.
If you hit the snooze button on your alarm, it means you intended to wake up at a certain time the night before and failed to do so.
So do yourself a favor and get out of bed the moment your alarm takes off.
2. Checking your phone.
This is something that I struggle with sometimes.
If you wake up in the morning and immediately check social media on your phone, you need to stop doing so right now for a variety of reasons.
Firstly, you overstimulate your brain with tons of distractions and cravings first thing in the morning.
Checking your phone and scrolling through social media, inevitably, your attention is going to be dispersed in a thousand different directions.
Phone calls, messages, Instagram, Facebook, E-mails, Youtube, Pinterest, you name it.
Also, phones are a distraction magnet. You intend to only check your feed for 5 minutes, but you end up looking at them for 20-30 minutes or even more sometimes.
3. You work straight away.
Most people don’t make time for a healthy morning routine.
Either they’ll wake up late, get lazy, or just don’t realize the power and impact a productive morning routine can have, so they’ll skip it entirely.
Right after they’ll wake up, they’ll throw some clothes on and head straight to the office, almost asleep. This will leave you in the first or even the second hour of work trying to wake up.
This can have a negative toll on your overall performance and work experience.
This is not only killing your productivity but, it can make you rely on caffeine to wake you up. Caffeine addiction is related to a worse mood, poor sleeping schedule, and quality.
So set aside more time in the morning and develop a healthy, productive routine that can make you more energetic throughout the day.
This can be done by waking up 10-20 minutes earlier, and by going to bed a little earlier at night, so you don’t lose sleeping hours.
4. Eating An Unhealthy Breakfast.
I know a lot of people who like to wake up and eat a sugary breakfast or a breakfast full of simple carbs, neither of which will provide you with a sustainable amount of energy throughout the day.
I know it can be very easy to fall into the temptation of eating that croissant with chocolate or eating sugary cereals with milk. Been there, done that.
But, I found myself being hungry and some mornings even starving after 1 or 2 hours later.
Also, by eating sugar-based foods at breakfast, I caught myself craving more sugary foods as the day went by.
So, instead, eat a meal filled with protein and complex carbs, like an omelet with a slice of whole-wheat bread.
Proteins and complex carbs are harder to digest by our bodies, so it takes more time for us to feel hungry again, as it makes us feel fuller.
Seriously, a lot of people love to wake up in the morning and complain about how early it is, having to go to work, how tired they feel, etc.
The problem with complaining is that the words, and the way you choose to express yourself, have an effect on your state of mind and your motivation.
As you’re complaining about your work and life in general, you’re digging yourself a deeper and deeper hole, and this negativity can stick around for hours later.
Each time you complain, you’re actually changing your mindset.
You’re focusing all the energy you have on the obstacles and the negative aspects, and you’re ignoring all the things you can be grateful for.
Instead of taking note of every failure as its own lesson, you focus on the negative outcome. If you want to start the day on the wrong foot, complaining is a great way to do so.
The signs mentioned above are signs of a fixed mindset. If you want to learn more about the different types of mindset, check this out: What Is A Growth Mindset? Growth Vs Fixed Mindset
Related: How To Stop Negative Self-Talk
6. waking up at inconsistent times.
If you don’t already have a somewhat consistent time that you wake up in the morning, for example, if you wake up really late at the weekends and really early during the week, then you’re negatively impacting your body’s circadian rhythm and the quality of sleep that you get.
Your body doesn’t have a calendar to know when it’s the weekend or the weekdays so the best practice should be to try and establish a sleeping schedule that has consistent wake-up times.
But sleeping in a little longer on weekends isn’t going to ruin your body or your life. On weekends, I’ll admit that I sleep in an extra hour or two. The magic words are “a little bit more,” so don’t wake up 4-5 hours later than usual.