12 things productive people never do in the first hour of waking up

We often hear about the amazing things successful people do when they wake up. But what about the things they avoid doing?

Surprisingly, not doing certain things can really set the tone for a fantastic day.

So, get your coffee ready and let’s dive into 8 things that high-achievers definitely don’t do in the first hour of their morning.

You might just find some new tips to supercharge your day!

1. They don’t hit the snooze button

One of the worst things you can do after your alarm rings? Hitting the snooze button.

You might think those few extra minutes of sleep will help, but they won’t.

High-achievers know this and avoid the snooze button like the plague.

When you hit snooze and drift back to sleep, you’re actually tricking your brain into starting a new sleep cycle that will be interrupted in a few minutes anyway.

This can lead to feeling groggy and disoriented – not exactly the right way to kick off a successful day, right?

Instead, successful people make it a habit to rise as soon as their alarm goes off.

This might seem tough at first, but with consistency, your body will eventually get used to it.

Plus, you’ll get more time in the morning to do other productive things! 

2. They don’t check their phone immediately

Right after turning off the alarm, the first instinct for many of us is to start scrolling through our phone.

Checking emails, social media updates, news – it seems like a harmless habit, right?


Productive people understand that diving straight into the digital world can lead to unnecessary stress and anxiety.

It’s easy to get sidetracked by an insignificant email or distracted by the latest social media drama.

Instead, high-achievers take control of their first hour by staying away from their phones.

They use this time to mentally prepare themselves for the day ahead, maybe through meditation, exercise, or simply enjoying a quiet breakfast.

3. They don’t skip breakfast

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?

But with a busy morning routine, it’s often tempting to just grab a coffee and run out the door.

I used to do the same until I realized how much skipping breakfast was impacting my productivity.

High-achievers understand that breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and provides the energy needed to tackle the day.

Without it, you may end up feeling sluggish and distracted by hunger pangs.

I started making time for a simple but nutritious breakfast each morning, and the difference was amazing. I felt more energized, focused, and ready to take on my daily tasks.

4. They don’t rush through their morning routine

Ever heard the phrase, “slow and steady wins the race”? Well, it’s not just a saying, it’s backed by science!

Rushing through your morning can make you feel stressed and anxious, which isn’t exactly conducive to positive or productive behavior.

High-achievers understand this well. They don’t rush through their morning routine.

Instead, they take their time to mindfully engage in each activity, whether it’s brushing their teeth, taking a shower, or getting dressed.

This helps them start their day feeling calm, grounded, and ready to tackle whatever comes their way.

5. They don’t neglect their loved ones

Morning time is not just about rushing to get to work or ticking off tasks from your to-do list. It’s also an opportunity to connect with the people you care about most.

Unfortunately, in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s easy to overlook this.

Productive people, however, understand the value of these relationships and make sure not to neglect their loved ones in the morning.

Whether it’s a quick chat with their partner over coffee, helping their kids get ready for school, or even just a morning cuddle with their pet, they make room for these precious moments.

Remember, success isn’t just measured by work achievements but also by the quality of your relationships.

So, try not to let your busy schedule get in the way of spending a little quality time with your loved ones each morning. It could be the heartwarming start you need to power through your day.

6. They don’t skip their workout

I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t always a morning workout person.

The thought of doing jumping jacks or jogging around the block while half the world was still asleep seemed, well, a bit crazy.

But then, I gave it a try.

Productive people know that exercise isn’t just good for the body; it’s great for the mind too. It wakes you up, gets your blood pumping, and sets a positive tone for the day.

When I started squeezing in a quick workout in my morning routine, I noticed an immediate change.

Not only did I have more energy throughout the day, but I also felt more focused and ready to tackle whatever came my way.

7. They don’t start the day without a plan

Starting your day without a plan is like setting sail without a compass. You might get somewhere, but chances are it won’t be where you wanted to go.

Productive people don’t leave their days to chance. They know what they need to get done and they have a game plan on how to do it.

They take a few minutes each morning to review their tasks, set their priorities, and visualize how they want their day to go.

Without a clear plan, it’s easy to get sidetracked by less important tasks or lose track of what you’re supposed to be doing.

This can lead to unnecessary stress and a feeling of not accomplishing anything at the end of the day.

Before you dive into your day, take a moment to map out your route. It doesn’t have to be overly detailed or rigid, just a simple breakdown of what you want to achieve for the day. 

8. They don’t neglect self-reflection

Productive people don’t just dive into their day. They take a moment to reflect on their goals, their progress, and even their setbacks.

This isn’t about dwelling on the negatives, but about learning from experiences and understanding how they can do better.

By incorporating reflection into their morning routine, they are able to maintain a clear focus on their goals and ensure that they are always moving in the right direction.

So, before you rush into your day, take a few minutes to reflect. It could be as simple as thinking about what you achieved the day before and what you hope to accomplish today.

This small act of reflection can give your day purpose and direction, making you more productive in the long run.

9. They don’t ignore their mental health

A few years ago, I was all about hustling. I believed that the more tasks I could cram into my day, the more successful I would be.

But all this did was cause stress, burnout, and honestly, a sense of emptiness.

That’s when I realized that productive people don’t just focus on getting things done; they also prioritize their mental health.

They understand that their minds need time to relax and recharge, just like their bodies.

Now, I start my day with a few minutes of meditation. It helps clear my mind and sets a calm, focused tone for the day.

Sometimes, I also jot down my thoughts and feelings in a journal. It’s surprisingly therapeutic.

Remember, mental health is just as important as physical health. So, make sure to include some ‘me-time’ in your morning routine.

It could be meditation, journaling, or even just enjoying a quiet cup of coffee. Your mind will thank you for it. 

10. They don’t ignore hydration

Many of us are walking around in a state of constant dehydration without even realizing it.

We wake up after hours of not drinking any water, and then we reach for a cup of coffee instead of hydrating first.

Productive people know that hydration is key to maintaining energy levels and keeping the brain functioning at its best.

They make it a point to start their day with a glass of water, even before reaching for that morning cup of joe.

If you’re usually not a big water drinker, this might seem like a tough habit to adopt.

But give it a shot and you might be surprised at how much better you feel throughout the day.

11. They don’t dwell on negativity

Life is full of ups and downs, and it’s easy to get stuck dwelling on the negatives.

But here’s the raw deal: starting your day with negative thoughts is like setting yourself up for failure.

Productive people are aware of this. They ensure that they start their morning with positivity, whether it’s through affirmations, reading something inspiring, or simply practicing gratitude.

Negativity can drain your energy and cloud your focus. So, let go of yesterday’s disappointments and tomorrow’s worries.

Focus on the here and now, and start your day on a positive note.

12. They don’t dress sloppily

This may sound superficial, but what you wear can have a big impact on how you feel about yourself. Dressing sloppily can make you feel lazy and unproductive.

Successful people understand this. Even if they’re working from home, they make it a point to dress neatly each morning.

It’s not about impressing others but about feeling good about themselves.

So, resist the urge to stay in your pajamas all day. Dress up as if you’re going to work or meeting someone important. Trust me, it can make a world of difference to your productivity and self-esteem.

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Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Ideapod to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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