There is a ton of stuff out there on the internet about morning routines. There are tons of books, blogs, podcast episodes, but it seems like the majority of those are focused on what you should be adding to your morning routine, what you should do. I wanna take a little bit of a different tack and focus on what you should stop doing in your morning routine.
Checking your phone
Yes, that magical little rectangle of plastic and silicone in your pocket. If you wake up in the morning and immediately check social media on your phone, you need to stop doing this for two important reasons.
Reason # 1
if you make checking social media the first action of your day then the first action of your day is giving in to a craving for novelty and that counteracts all of the work that you’ve been doing to build your focus muscle.
By contrast, if you wait a little bit before you check those feeds and maybe do some other things like breakfast or working out or reading a book for a bit, you are telling your brain that, yes, you have to wait before you can go check all those novelty-inducing social media feeds. And that’s gonna make you much more able to focus on your work later on in the day
Reason # 2
why you should stop checking social media in the morning is because if you’re anything like me, you tend to just grab the phone and start checking your feeds in bed. And you intend to only check your feeds for about five minutes but you end up looking at them for 20 minutes sometimes and from personal experience, I can tell you there is no healthy position to be looking at a phone in bed.
You’re either looking at it with your arm above your head or you’re propped up on one elbow. Either way, you are putting your body in a bad postural position and if you do this enough you can actually end up causing nerve damage. I’ve actually caused nerve damage in my own arms before and it is really painful and impedes my work and it takes a surprisingly long time to heal. So, in short, use your bed as a place for sleeping.
Check your social media when you’re out of bed and do it a little bit after you wake up.
Eating an unhealthy breakfast
Eating a protein and fat-heavy breakfast can actually decrease feelings of anxiety. Even putting that aside, I know a lot of people like to wake
This is yet another area where I actually struggle with
So, you might be asking yourself, how do I make sure that I’m eating a healthy
The great thing about this is that it’s efficient. You don’t have to get out the pots and
One really great candidate for bulk
Hitting the snooze button on your alarm
And you knew this was coming on the list. So, aside from the fact that hitting the snooze
If you hit the snooze button on your alarm, it means that you had set an intention to wake up at a specific time the night before and then you failed. So, do yourself a favor and get out of bed the moment your alarm goes off.
Now, this might sound a little bit
Seriously, a lot of people
So, instead of waking up in the morning and complaining, why not think about what you have to grateful about, what you can be positive about. If you dwell on these things, you’re gonna be an overall happier person.
Cleaning up your living space and your work area.
And the reason you wanna do
When your living space, your
So, when your building
Planning your day
Now, planning your day in the
Personally, I find that when I wake up to a concrete plan that I set up the night before, I almost feel kind of beholden to my past self and I’m much more clear on the direction of going to go in immediately.
It’s kinda similar to how Barack
Starting your day with negative news
And if you’re the kind of
And yes, you might wanna keep up to date on world events but if you’re waking up every single morning and bombarding yourself with a ton of negative stories, that’s gonna put you in a negative state of mind. And it’s also likely to send you down rabbit holes that end up wasting a ton of your time.
So, if you are going to wake up and check news, check your feeds, if that’s something you like to do, tailor those feeds to be full of
Or, if you wanna do something even more effective, just read a book in the morning. Make that part of your morning
Getting up at different times every morning
If you don’t currently have a at least somewhat consistent time that you wake up in the morning, if you’re getting up really late on the weekends and really early during the days or you have totally different wake-up times during the week, then you are negatively impacting your body’s circadian rhythm and negatively impacting the quality of your sleep.
So, as best as you can, try to
Your body doesn’t have like a special, magical weekend mode. It doesn’t switch over all of its biological
But that doesn’t mean that you are going to ruin your
So, if you wanna be like me, you don’t wanna be completely uber efficient, then go ahead and do
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