7 Things You Should Never Do in the Morning

And what to do instead.

Sinem Günel
Oct 30 · 8 min read

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.”

If you spend your morning doing the wrong things, you’ll likely lack energy, motivation, and willpower to do the right things throughout the rest of your day.

Planning Your Day

If you fail to plan, you’ll also fail to execute. But if you spend the first minutes of your day planning your schedule, you’ll waste enormous amounts of precious energy on that repetitive task.

What to do instead:

If you want to make the most out of each day, set your priorities before going to bed.

Complaining

Quite often, we don’t even realize that negative conversations and thoughts can influence us for hours.

What to do instead:

Your words and thoughts don’t only affect your motivation but your entire state of mind.

Getting Straight to Work

Mornings are the perfect time to take care of your health and to get inspired.

What to do instead:

Instead of getting up and rushing to work, take some time to do things that will benefit your physical and mental health.

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Making Too Many Decisions

The surest way to waste your energy in the morning is by making too many decisions right after getting up.

  • what to eat for breakfast
  • when to leave to catch the bus or be on time for an appointment
  • which projects or tasks to work on
  • when to work out
  • and so much more

What to do instead:

Your #1 priority in the morning should be to reduce mental clutter and give your brain some room to breathe.

Hitting the Snooze Button

You expected this one to be on the list, right?

What to do instead:

Do yourself a favor and get up without snoozing.

Distracting Yourself Through Social Media

If scrolling through social networks is part of your morning routine, you’re essentially killing your focus muscle.

What to do instead:

If you really need to check your phone, make sure to at least scroll through positive feeds.

Loading Your Body with Sugar

In his book 12 Rules for Life, Jordan Peterson describes how his clients experienced a drop in anxiety when they switched from breakfasts with high amounts of carbohydrates and sugar to fat and protein-rich meals.

What to do instead:

The easiest way to control your breakfasts and make them work for you instead of against is preparing them in advance.

Final Thoughts

What you do first thing in the morning should leave you feeling more energized and help you be more productive instead of lazy.

“How you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”

If you’re serious about taking your life to the next level and becoming your best self, start by eliminating these seven sins from your mornings and watch your health, productivity, and happiness rise.

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Sinem Günel

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Entrepreneur, Coach & Dreamer. I write about Personal Growth & Business. 🇦🇹 🇹🇷 Grab your Personal Growth Toolkit: http://bit.ly/pgtk0320 I IG: sinem.guenel

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Sinem Günel

Written by

Entrepreneur, Coach & Dreamer. I write about Personal Growth & Business. 🇦🇹 🇹🇷 Grab your Personal Growth Toolkit: http://bit.ly/pgtk0320 I IG: sinem.guenel

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