You’ve seen them all: “10 habits for a successful morning” “My [perfect] morning routine” “Productive morning routine” “Morning routine hacks” … just to name a few. And yes, these are all great.
But when do you see people discussing things you shouldn’t do in the morning? Uh, never (in my case anyway)! So today, I present to you a comprehensive list of five things you not to do in the morning – either don’t do them at all, or schedule them in for later in the day.
If you rely on an alarm in the morning, the worst thing you can do is hit snooze. By waking up (to snooze the alarm) your body thinks it’s time to get up, but you’re then confusing it when you go back to sleep. This results in grogginess and drowsiness for the next thirty minutes – which is why you find it even harder to wake up after hitting snooze on the first alarm.
So I challenge you: for the next seven days, don’t hit snooze.
And Samantha, come at me if this doesn’t improve your mornings. Come at me.
Check your phone
Checking your phone right when you wake/get up in the morning is THE worst thing you can possibly do to impede a productive and happy morning. Scrolling through boring emails, horrifying news articles and picture-perfect Instagram accounts can have an extremely negative impact on how you start your day.
Instead, opt for the rule of checking your phone at least one hour after waking up. If you need the alarm, fair enough (but try to get a proper alarm clock instead); or if you’re working out with a YouTube video, go ahead, but resist the urge to check your notifications and emails.
A good tip for this is just to not to have notifications… at all. Have them in the app/site itself, but don’t have those device notifications that you can see just whenever you turn on your phone. After all, if a random person in China has liked your photo of a sunset, it’s not going to change your life.
Plus, with no notification, you won’t really have an incentive to open up anything. Stay focused – turn on your phone if you must, but otherwise shut it down the nigh before and keep it in a drawer in another room.
While you may think that your morning caffeine kick is the only thing that will wake you up, believe me, it’s ruining your life without you even knowing it. If you’re the type of person who lives in coffee, chances are you’re becoming addicted – it’s not good for you.
A coffee every second day is fine, but the rate that I see some people drinking coffee is just unhealthy. You shouldn’t be relying on a caffeinated drink to make you alert; this trains your body into thinking that you “need” coffee every morning. You don’t.
Instead, get some fresh air, exercise, or splash some cold water on your face. In fact, have a quick cold shower – you don’t even have to wash yourself, but just getting under the icy water is enough to make yourself wide awake!
Wander around in your pyjamas
I find that if I get up and go about my morning in my pyjamas, I’m less likely to be productive. There’s just something about getting dressed into a proper outfit that makes you feel somewhat “official”, resulting in me actually getting my sh*t done if I’m dressed in a shirt and trousers.
Besides, pyjamas are just that: pyjamas – i.e. meant to be slept in. If you’re like me and always feel cold in the morning when getting dressed, just do it as soon and fast as possible. You’ll be thankful you did it and got it out of the way!
Since we’re on the topic of clothes, I’d also like to add: don’t dress in a hoodie and sweatpants. Unless you’re going to the gym/exercise. Dressing in a smart, yet comfortable outfit gives you confidence; what’s more, if the outfit is a little business-like, you’ll be more inclined to be productive (rather than hang out on the sofa and watch TV).
If you have school, work, or just somewhere to be in the morning, it’s easy for things to get out of hand and result in you rushing around trying to gulp down a coffee while doing your makeup.
This is the last thing you want. Life goes by too quickly for you to be running around trying to get a million and one things done. Instead, relax. Enjoy life. Be grateful.
Acknowledge that today is unique, because no day is ever the same. Smile and take your time. Get up a little earlier and make time for yourself to journal, read, meditate, bathe, dress, etc.
Remember: life’s too short for rushing around. Enjoy the moment.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post! In the comments, let me know: what’s one thing you try not to do in the mornings? But what things do you like making time for?
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