We’re often told that in order to maximize our success throughout the day, then we need to have a strong morning routine. And if you were to type in what it looks like to have a strong morning routine, you would be flooded with various posts, articles, and videos of what a good morning routine actually looks like.
Sure you can use these tips to your advantages, but there’s more to it than just looking at what a good morning routine looks like. What does a bad morning routine look like? What are some of the things that you do in the morning that stop you from maximizing your time and efficiency?
Looking at it from both angles is just as equally important. You can have a good morning routine, but if you still throw in some things that hinder your productivity here and there, are you really maximizing your morning? Are you really setting yourself to be as successful as you could have been? No.
With that said, I want to share with you 7 things you need to stop doing when you wake up if you truly want to maximize your time and efficiency in the mornings.
7 Things You Need To Stop Doing When You Wake Up
1. Hitting the beloved “Snooze” button.
Hitting the snooze button is detrimental to all success. Every time you hit that little button, you are reinforcing the belief that you just aren’t quite ready. Even if it’s only five extra minutes, when you hit the snooze button, you suffer your first defeat of the day. It’s like saying that you’re not up for the task that you set for yourself the night before. And despite it not seeming like a big deal, those who hit the snooze button find it more difficult to get going on their day.
One thing that I have started to do is to put my phone across the room. This way, when the alarm goes off, I actually have to get up and walk to my phone to turn it off. It’s a lot easier to stay awake and get started with my day if I am already out of bed.
2. Checking your phone right away.
When you check your phone first thing in the morning (texts, emails, social media, news, etc) you put your mind into a craving mindset. This is going to disrupt your focus throughout the rest of the day.
Instead of checking your phone right away, do something that is good for both your mind and your body. Prioritize your day and determine what’s most important to you. Is it more important to check your phone and see how many Instagram likes you got overnight? Or is it more important to set your day up to be successful and productive?
Take some time to journal, read a chapter from your favorite book, get up and go exercise, plan your day. It is going to be a lot easier to stay productive throughout the day if you do something productive instead of checking your phone right when you wake up.
3. Leaving your bed unmade.
One of the easiest things that you can do in the morning to help instill that success mindset is to make your bed.
How long would it take you to make your bed? Two minutes? One minute? Thirty seconds? However long it takes, just know that by doing so, you are instilling positive and actionable behaviors for the rest of the day.
Your day has just started, and because you took a minute of your time to complete a task, you have already experienced your first victory. This is going to help you carry over that mindset throughout the rest of the day as well into the more meaningful and challenging tasks.
4. Eating an unhealthy breakfast.
Personally, I like to practice some extent of intermittent fasting. I generally won’t eat anything until like 11:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. On the weekends, I try to push it out until 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. Granted this may not be ideal for everybody, my body has actually adapted well to it.
Regardless of the time when you eat breakfast, make sure it’s a healthy one with fruits, whole grains, and some proteins. Your first meal is truly the most important meal of the day as it’s the meal that is going to give your body that initial spark of energy and fuel. Don’t fill it with sugar just so that it can crash and burn in a bit. Give it some good quality fuel that it will enjoy.
If you are having difficulty staying on track with a quality diet, try preparing your meals the night before or at the beginning of the weekend. This way, when you wake up in the morning, you won’t be so inclined to reach for that box of sugar. Instead, you will already have a quality meal ready for you to eat.
5. Spending your time consuming anything negative.
Do you really want to mess up the rest of your day within a few minutes of getting out of bed? Probably not. So then don’t spend your time indulging in anything negative. From outside factors such as news, social media, etc. to inside behaviors such as complaining, regret, or just simply focusing on the things that are lacking from your life.
It isn’t going to do you any good to focus on anything negative. In fact, it’s only going to put you into a negative state of mind and it’s going to make the rest of the day a lot more difficult to actually enjoy.
To counter this, I recommend writing down not only your goals for the day, but also some of the things that you are most grateful for. This helps to put your mind into a positive state before you get started with your day, and it’s going to make it a lot easier to remain positive throughout the remainder of the day.
Not only should you not do this in the morning, but you shouldn’t do it at all. When has complaining ever been beneficial for you? It hasn’t, so don’t do it. When you complain you are disregarding all sense of ownership. You are where you are in life because you have allowed yourself to be.
You complain that it’s too early. Well, you have allowed yourself to grow accustomed to sleeping in past 10:00 a.m., so yeah, waking up before 8:00 a.m. is going to feel early.
You complain that your boss doesn’t like you. Well, either you haven’t worked hard enough, or you aren’t going above and beyond what is expected of you.
You complain that you have no time. Okay, just remember that everybody has the same 24 hours in a day. You have time for whatever it is that you want to achieve, you just need to be willing to prioritize the things you want and use your time efficiently.
7. Not prioritizing your day in advance.
The reason that you hear about the importance of having a good morning routine is because it works. If it wasn’t important to have a routine to set your day up to be a successful one, then you probably wouldn’t be hearing about it as much as you do.
Prioritize your biggest and most important tasks first thing in the morning. As the day goes on, you are only going to get sucked into everybody else’s schedules. That, and if you wait to do the most important tasks towards the end of your day, the chances of you actually completing them will significantly decrease as yvou will be tired and less energetic.
So write down all of the things that you need to do for that day, reflect on what’s most important to YOU, and get those tasks done first. Remember, if you want something that you don’t currently have, then you need to be willing to do something that you aren’t currently doing – prioritizing your day.
Make The Most Of Your Mornings
Your mornings have the ability to make or break the rest of your day. Start your day off on a positive note and the rest of the day will follow. Start your day off on a negative note, and you will find yourself struggling with the simplest of things.
Some of these suggestions may seem difficult to implement into your daily life, but for a great start to your day, these recommendations are ones that can and will significantly transform your life if you are consistent with them. It’s up to you how to start your mornings. Choose wisely so that you can set yourself up for a good day.