1. Waking up late
Are you constantly hitting the snooze button in the morning?
Are you staying up too late in the evenings?
I encourage you to stop hitting the snooze button.
Plan for the amount of time you realistically need for a calm, rush-free morning.
Plan to wake up on time.
The best way to make this happen?
Go to bed earlier.
To encourage yourself to go to bed earlier, set an alarm on your phone for about 30 minutes before the time you want to go to bed.
And when that alarm goes off, put away all technology and get ready for bed.
In the moment, you’ll want to keep scrolling Instagram or surfing the internet.
But you’ll thank yourself when you wake up on time the next morning.
2. Immediately checking social media or email
When you check social media or emails right away, your brain immediately jumps to all the things you still need to do or all the ways you aren’t living your dream life.
And that is not useful.
Instead, try starting your day with positivity by writing down five things you are grateful for.
It will put you in a better mood for the rest of the day.
3. Drinking coffee before water
Your body is dehydrated in the morning.
After all, it hasn’t had any water for about 8 hours!
Re-hydrate your brain with delicious water while your coffee is brewing.
And then, you can enjoy that wonderful moment each morning: your first sip of delicious coffee.
4. Watching television
Like checking email or social media in the morning, watching television each morning is not useful.
Watching television is likely filling your brain with negativity or non-useful messages.
And that sets your tone for the rest of your day.
Instead, take time to focus on you in the morning. (See number 7.)
5. Checking the news (or listening to news podcasts)
The news is filled with negativity, so it’s not useful to consume lots of news first thing in the morning.
I’m not saying to stick your head in the sand and ignore the news altogether.
Rather, just don’t check the news right away.
I prefer to leave my favorite news podcasts to later in the day so I can start my morning with positivity.
6. Listening to negative podcasts
You might be starting to notice a theme in this list.
Negative things = not useful right away in the morning.
Listening to negative podcasts (e.g., true crime, people complaining, etc.) starts your day in a negative mindset.
Instead, save these podcasts for later in the day.
7. Not taking time to focus on YOU
Mornings are a perfect time to focus on yourself, and it’s a missed opportunity if you don’t take advantage of it.
The morning is the perfect time to establish a meditation practice, journal, or do mindset work.
Your brain is fresh in the morning, so it’s the perfect time to work on taking it to the next level.
8. Not giving yourself enough time
Are you always rushing in the morning?
Perhaps you are not being realistic with how long it actually takes to get ready and get to work.
Maybe one time it took you 15 minutes to drive to work, so you always plan to leave your house 15 minutes before you need to get there.
But in reality, most days it realistically takes 20 to 25 minutes to get to work.
So perhaps you’re better leaving your house 30 minutes before you need to be at work so you’re never rushing or frantic in the morning.
Wouldn’t it feel better to have a calmer start to the day?
Try setting your alarm for fifteen minutes earlier so you have a bit more time.
9. Not making the most of your commute
Commutes may seem like a waste of time.
You might be stuck in traffic or sitting on the train and there’s not much you can do about it.
But your commute is a perfect time to work on personal development or learn new skills.
I love using my commute to listen to my favorite podcasts. (Non-negative podcasts, of course!)