If you’ve been enjoying endless days spent in your pajamas and sleeping in far too long in the morning then you’re not alone!
It’s been a tough year but at the same time, it’s been really nice to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives and reflect… but now you might be ready to start embracing more productivity in your day again.
And one of the best ways to be more productive is to develop a healthy morning routine…
Because how you spend the morning will directly impact how you spend the rest of your day.
Small Changes, Big Results
Adding bite-sized (but impactful) healthy habits into your morning routine is really easy to do. We’ve got some great ideas for a great morning routine here.
But what about the bad habits that you should definitely stop doing if you want to have a productive day?
Well, below we’ve got our top 7 bad morning habits that you can stop doing to increase your productivity… and we think you’re gonna find them really easy to do!
So what are these bad morning habits and how do you stop doing them? Read on to find out…
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2. Not Setting Your Intention For The Day
No morning routine is made equal! A good morning routine for you might be totally different for your friend but when you get up in the morning do you ever decide what your intention is for the day ahead? For example, do you want to have a fun day, get on top of chores and tasks, or do you want to have a peaceful and relaxing day? No matter what your intention, not setting one can lead you to feel unfulfilled at the end of the day.
Take some time in the morning to set your intention for the day. Maybe you want to have more fun, spend more time with your family or get outside. Once you know your intention the rest of your day can be planned accordingly.
3. Not Hydrating Your Body
Coffee is black gold in the morning for most of us but ideally, water should be the first drink of the day. From improving the skin, flushing out toxins, balancing gut health, fueling the brain, supporting your immune system and so many health benefits besides, not drinking water first thing in the morning is a great bad habit to stop.
Keep a water filter like this one here topped up in the fridge for a cold and refreshing boost to your morning… don’t worry, you can still reach for a coffee straight after!
4. Not Making A Plan For The Day
If you’re in the habit of not making a to-do list for your day ahead then you might be finding that you’re getting behind with tasks, chores, or even fun things that you’ve been meaning to do.
Grab yourself a notebook and jot down the 5 most important things you want to achieve in the day. Think back to your intention and align your to-do list with your daily intention. For example, if your intention is to have a relaxing day then don’t list out a million and one chores that need doing… make sure you prioritize your intention above all else.
5. Not Making A Not-To-Do List
So you know the benefits of making a to-do list, but did you know that a not-to-do list can be even more effective? In fact, a not-to-do list is an awesome way to bring things you really don’t want to do into your awareness so you can stop doing them.
Make a note of everything you really don’t want to do during the day. This can include things like repeatedly checking your phone, staying in all day, not exercising, and so on…
6. Checking Your Phone
You’ve heard this one before but it’s one of the biggest and ‘baddest’ morning habits that most of us are guilty of… When you immediately check your phone on waking, you give your eyes zero time to adjust and your mind is immediately distracted from what you really want from the day ahead.
Give your eyes some time (at least 20 minutes) to adjust and give yourself a chance to set your daily intentions before checking social media, daily news, and emails. Not only will you have a more productive day, but your mood will be less affected by the media you see on your phone.
7. Skipping Breakfast or Eating an Unhealthy Breakfast
The jury is officially out on whether skipping breakfast is a good thing or a bad thing and we’re not going to weigh in here. However, if you’re finding your energy levels flagging by mid-morning or you’re craving a sugary hit then you might be eating the wrong things for breakfast, or skipping the meal completely.
Start the day with a healthy breakfast to keep your energy levels stable. A nutritious breakfast of whole, unprocessed foods from all five food categories (fruits, veggies, protein, dairy, and grains) will help you to fuel your brain and body and keep your hunger levels under control throughout the morning.
Before You Go…
Cutting out bad morning habits and developing a healthy morning routine is one of the easiest ways you can be more productive and achieve more in your life.
Remember, small bite-sized changes can make a massive difference!