3 Things You Should AVOID doing in the mornings…

October 17, 2020

Hey guys, I have listed 3 things you should do AVOID doing when you wake up in the mornings!

Firstly, it is just it me or do you ever sit down after an incredibly busy day and think “where has today gone and what did I even accomplish?” 🤔💭

If you start your mornings doing things like using social media before going to work or starting your day, you’ll likely lack energy, motivation, and willpower to do things completing important tasks or errands, working on your side hustles or projects and doing what you love or passionate about.

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

– Richard Whateley 

So here is what I suggest you AVOID doing in the morning as soon as you wake up:

Planning Your Day

If you fail to plan, you’ll also fail to execute. This is coming from me, a marketer who plans her day to the T and then has a backup plan! Hehe, #OrganisedB****

So instead of spending the first 30 minutes to an hour of your day planning your schedule, which means you wasting your time that could have been used to do something else. Plan your day the evening/night before- I always say if you want to make the most out of each day, set your priorities *before* you go to bed. 🙂👍🏽

We all know that being organised is essential to keeping your sh*t together and being focused on what you need to do/your goals, but I don’t think you should get organised first thing in the morning. Ever!

Your plan for the day with your to-do lists, etc. should be ready when you get up. Otherwise, you’ll spend and waste precious mental energy on prioritising your tasks and self for the day.

Waking up to a plan (and even a backup plan) for the day will help you be clearer about what you want to achieve and how to achieve it. It will also give you a vision of your day and help you focus enough to get your day as close to your vision as possible.

have to do my morning routine before I work or start my day without a fail every morning. I also visualise how I want my day to go with my plan in mind and sight (I usually write it all out and have a to-do list for the day).*

Note: *I will write a blog post on this soon- I have a winter edition and a summer edition too!* 😊

Basically, you should aim to start your day ready for you to tick off your to-dos from your list. There’s no better feeling than going to bed knowing that you’re well prepared to tackle the next day.

Hitting the snooze button

While hitting the snooze button might feel good because you got an extra 10 minutes of sleep, the truth is when you hit the snooze button, you are allowing yourself to be lazy instead of waking up to start your day.

Snoozing can cause you stress as well as stop you from being motivated in the long run. (We def don’t want that, do we?) Additionally, it also affects the quality of your sleep, and most of the time, snoozing makes you feel tired instead of energised. (Trust me, I know, it has happened to me.) 🙄

The best way to not hit the snooze button is by putting your alarm clock or phone far away from your bed as possible- ideally, on the other side of your bedroom so that you have no choice but to get up once your alarm goes on.

I recently downloaded an app called Alarmy, to help me wake up which won’t stop ringing until I get to the bathroom and take a picture of the sink or scan a particular product in my home. It’s so annoying. But sometimes, it is necessary to trick yourself! 😅

Using social media, checking emails/the news

If you have a bad habit of scrolling through social media platforms as a part of your morning routine, then you’re essentially hurting your focus muscle and wasting your brain’s energy.

(The same goes for checking your emails or the news). So try not to do this until at least after you’ve had breakfast. (Although you should do this *after* you have started your day!) 😬🙌🏽

Note: If need to check your phone, make sure to at least scroll through positive feeds/news. I recommend https://www.positive.news/ for daily news updates!

I also recommend following motivational pages on Instagram or Pinterest for you to scroll through on your lunch breaks etc.

Here are some motivational pages or rather people I follow on Instagram:

Jay Shetty, his wife Radhi Devlukia-Shetty, and Prince E.A! 🤗

Click here to see some of the other motivational as well as uplifting and positive people I follow on IG and also YouTube.

I use a Pinterest account as my vision board(s) and scroll through the feed whenever I feel unmotivated/unproductive/uninspired or simply need a boost in the morning.

Using Pinterest helps me to visually remind myself of the peace, blessings, and positivity I have in my life and why I should feel grateful for another morning and another day ahead.

The better alternative is feeding your mind with great ideas by reading books, listening to podcasts or a book on audible*, or watching uplifting videos, which is something I do as a part of my morning and evening routine- again will share this with you soon.

I am currently listening to Jay Shetty’s book: Think Like A Monk and I am in love with it- HIGHLY recommend it! 😍❤️❤️❤️

Final Thoughts

How you spend your mornings will determine how your day ahead of you will be. Your mornings have a strong impact on the quality of your life.

As Jim Kwik says:

“How you do anything is how you do everything.”

And as Daniel Handler once said:

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

Hope this was helpful- until next time…

With love,

Salma

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