7 Things You Should Never Do in the Morning

How you start your morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. A screaming match with your partner? Not a good way to start. A good, healthy breakfast? Much better. But your day could just as easily be derailed by other, more seemingly innocuous habits. How many of these do you do?

Today we’re going to learn about seven things you should never do in the morning, now let’s begin!

1. Work Straight Away

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The morning plays an incredibly important part of your day, and that first hour after you wake up should leave you feeling prepared and productive.

You should spend that time maintaining your physical health with exercise and a nutritious breakfast, you should inspire yourself with books podcasts and other motivational media.

Creating time for these healthy habits will work wonders for your self esteem and self discipline, not to mention you’ll feel more energetic than ever.

The problem is, most people don’t make time for a healthy morning routine, they wake up late, they get lazy, or they just don’t realize how much good your morning routine can do for you so they skip their entire routine.

Right after they wake up they quickly throw on some clothes, and head straight to the office they’re barely conscious on their drive to work, and still groggy by the time they sit down at their desk.

When you go straight to work you spend your first hour of the day just trying to wake up which makes you slow, inefficient, and disorganized, but your productivity isn’t the only thing that suffers.

Going straight to the office makes you more reliant on caffeine and too much caffeine will hurt your mood, and your sleep schedule leaving you feeling even more lethargic, and to make matters worse it can also decrease your job satisfaction, when you rush to work in the morning you’re not excited to be productive, you’re not feeling inspired instead of loving your job it just feels like something you’re forced to do, and that lack of enthusiasm will take a toll on your overall performance.

You’re less likely to put in the extra hours and go the extra mile, so set aside more time for your morning routine, even if you feel like sleeping into the last second, that extra 30 minutes of sleep isn’t doing you any favors, in fact it’s draining your energy and your motivation but if you make time for a morning routine you can prepare yourself for a much more productive day.

2. Hot Showers

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Hey I mean who doesn’t love a long hot shower when you’re standing under that stream of warm water it seems to wash your worries away, but when you get out of the shower, do you feel energetic and refreshed or cozy and mellow?

While there’s nothing wrong with taking a hot shower, in fact it can be a great way to wind you down before bed, but in the morning a hot shower can leave you feeling way too relaxed, you’ll feel like crawling her right back into the bed.

You’ll feel tempted to ditch your morning routine and just enjoy being comfortable.

So while that hot shower might put you in a good mood, it’s a big problem for your productivity, so if you want to get the most out of your morning’s you have to build momentum, and that starts right after you wake up.

Each part of your routine should make you more motivated more energetic, things like stretching, running and eating a good breakfast all push you in the right direction, but a long hot luxurious shower it just stops you right there in your tracks, it unravels all the positive momentum that you’ve been building since getting out of bed.

Even if you kept up with your morning routine a hot shower will put you right back where you started so try a more energizing alternative, the water doesn’t have to be freezing cold, but you don’t have to have a Jacuzzi either, a quick lukewarm shower will leave you feeling refreshed without slowing down your morning momentum.

3. Improvise Their Routine

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A morning routine should be set in stone it’s something you do day after day week after week it’s a timeline of good habits that you’ve gotten so used to that you don’t even have to think about it.

Once your morning routine becomes ingrained in your brain you can start reaping the rewards, but what happens if you try to improvise instead of planning your mornings?

Many people decide that they’re just gonna wing it, they do whatever feels natural, but when you improvise your efficiency tanks.

The simple truth is you like most people make bad decisions in the mornings, you convince yourself that it’s okay to slack off that it’s not a problem to watch TV, or just lay in bed a little longer, but a little laziness goes a long way.

Luckily planning your routine will take the pressure off you, don’t run the risk of making bad decisions if your entire morning is already decided, yeah I know it’s tempting but don’t make up your morning routine as you go!

4. Whining About Work

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What’s the number one worst time to sit and complain throughout the day? Yep, you guessed it! its first thing in the morning when you criticize your job, or whine about all the work you have to do your motivation just flies out the window, and that infectious negativity sticks around for hours afterwards.

Instead of starting your day on a high note like most successful people do, you’re taking two steps back by complaining about your work, you’re digging yourself into a deeper and deeper hole.

Obviously that bad attitude will have a huge impact on your performance, you’ll look for shortcuts around every corner, you’ll make excuses and you’ll lose faith in yourself, and once that happens you can kiss your productivity goodbye because the moment things get rough you won’t fight back, you won’t persevere, you’ll be the first one to wave your white flag.

So why does complaining set you back so far? Well each time you complain you’re changing your mindset, you’re focusing all your energy on the obstacles and ignoring the opportunities, you’re forgetting about the lessons that each failure has to teach you, and you’re undermining the self-discipline that you’ve been working on for months or even years.

Complaining is a surefire way to start your day off on the wrong foot, so no matter how much you want to grumble and mow do your best to be optimistic in the mornings.

5. Mental Clutter

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Your morning is filled with small pointless decisions, you decide what you’re going to wear, what kind of workout you’re going to do, what music you’ll listen to on your drive to work,

By the end of your morning routine you’ve already made a dozen decisions none of which really amount to anything, all they do is weigh down your brain, so go ahead and cut these choices out of your morning’s.

Many successful people have reduced their mental clutter by incorporating them into their routine, they wear the same clothes ,they do the same workouts, and they listen to the same music, and that way their brain can spend the morning on decisions that actually matter.

While this will boost your productivity that’s not the real reason why you should reduce mental clutter in the morning, the real reason is you need to warm up your brain.

Imagine you’re an artist who’s working on some really intricate Commission, you have to be at the top of your game to pull this off, but if you start plugging away first thing in the morning, your work is gonna be sloppy, you need to do some warm-up sketches you need that time to make a few mistakes and get back into the swing of things otherwise you won’t be able to perform at your best.

When you give your brain more room to breathe in the mornings, it has the same effect on your work you’ll make better more creative decisions because your brain had the chance to warm up first.

6. Hitting Snooze

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The snooze button is your worst enemy in the mornings, each time you hit that button you’re making it harder and harder to be productive.

For starters, waking up every 10 minutes is terrible for you, it leaves you feeling tired throughout the day because 10 minutes isn’t nearly enough time for your brain to get any deep sleep, it will try its best but when your alarm goes off 10 minutes later you’ll feel even worst than you did before, which means that you might hit that snooze button and by the time you finally get up your morning gets smaller, lazier and a whole lot more stressful.

You have to rush through your routine which means you have less time for your healthy habits, you may have to skip your workout or pass on breakfast just to get to work on time, and that creates a whole lot of unnecessary stress in your life, and it leaves you feeling flustered and foggy.

It’ll take longer for you to concentrate, and you’ll have a harder time staying motivated.

In the heat of the moment hitting the snooze button doesn’t seem so bad, you’ll convince yourself that you have ten or twenty minutes to spare but that first bad decision can easily snowball into a dozen more.

7. Checking Your Phone

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What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? You’d be surprised how many people immediately reach for their phones.

The very first thing they see in the morning is a text of hosts on social media or even worse a blank screen, suddenly a flood of distractions fills your brain, instead of thinking about your passions or your work you’re making harmful comparisons and worrying about your social circle.

Studies have shown that looking at your phone increases stress and makes you more self-conscious, some people fall into that vortex of social media others sit there wondering why no one is messaging them, either way, your momentum is shot and your mind is a million miles away.

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