If you want to wake up motivated every morning, say goodbye to these 8 habits

Are you reading this first thing, possibly feeling a bit groggy?

Or perhaps it’s now the afternoon, and you still can’t get going?

Either way, if you’re here, I’m guessing you struggle with mornings… And you’re not alone.

In fact, I’ve never met anyone who didn’t have a hard time starting the day! Even some of my self-proclaimed “morning person” friends admit that it can often be a hard slog. And as for the “night owls,” well, mornings are generally a total write-off for them!

Whichever category you put yourself into, I’m sure you’d like to feel more motivated in the morning.

Waking up with enthusiasm makes you more productive, increases your performance, and boosts your mood for the day. It puts you in the headspace to be innovative and creative. Basically, it has a transformative effect on how you live each day and consequently, your life. 

So, like anything that could have such a positive impact, you’re likely thinking that waking up motivated must be difficult and painful, right?

Wrong! Or at least, it doesn’t need to be.

What if I told you that just a few changes could transform how you begin each day? It’s only a matter of letting go of some habitual activities that aren’t serving you and replacing them with better ones.

So, if you want to wake up motivated every morning, say goodbye to these 8 habits.

1. Dreading the morning

Who hasn’t gone to bed on a Sunday night feeling anxious about Monday morning? (For me, this feeling generally kicks in around 7pm).

Or maybe you feel this way most nights before going to bed? 

If you find yourself dreading the morning, it is likely because you associate it with pain.

The pain of having to leave a warm and cozy bed when all you want to do is roll over…

The pain of having to jump in the shower and get ready…

The pain of having to deal with traffic. The pain of starting the treadmill of daily life all over again.

But it doesn’t have to be like this!

The first thing you must do to wake up motivated is to reframe how you view the morning. Stop focusing on the hardships and instead focus on the opportunities and possibilities of the day ahead.

A mindset of excitement as opposed to dread is the first and most important step in your new routine. And fundamental to motivation! 

2. Sleeping too late

Yes, mindset is super important. But so is a properly rested brain and body, as without these, all the best intentions don’t matter!

Therefore, the next habit you need to ditch to wake up more motivated is to stop going to bed too late. Medical experts say that adults need at least seven hours of good quality, uninterrupted sleep every night. So, consider what time you want to get up and make sure you’re going to bed early enough to get a great night’s sleep.

If you love your bed as much as I think you do, this shouldn’t be too difficult!

3. Hitting the snooze button  

Ah, now this can be difficult!

Getting out of bed the moment your alarm goes off might sound grim, but you need to try to resist the temptation of rolling over for a few more minutes…

Snoozing has been proven to make you feel worse than getting straight out of bed. Why? Because it disrupts your sleep and increases your blood pressure and heart rate. So, try to get up (and stay up) with your first alarm.

If this sounds too hard, why not put your alarm on the other side of the room to force you out of bed? Or maybe set an upbeat song you adore as your new alarm tone.

It’s worth a try!

4. Bringing technology into the bedroom

I bet you’ve heard this one before, but you really need to leave your phone behind when you’re going to bed. 

According to the Sleep Foundation, using devices at night is detrimental to a good night’s sleep. Not only does the mental stimulation make it extra difficult to fall asleep but the blue light that’s emitted from devices interrupts the production of melatonin and throws off your circadian rhythm.

The result? You find yourself unable to sleep, lying there blinking at the ceiling. 

So, stop bringing technology into the bedroom (or better still, remove it from your nighttime routine entirely) and start enjoying truly restorative sleep and more morning motivation.

Now that you’re out of bed, be careful not to fall prey to our next habit…

5. Drinking caffeine first thing

things successful people always do on a monday morning If you want to wake up motivated every morning, say goodbye to these 8 habits

If you’re anything like me, your first impulse each morning is to reach for a strong cup of coffee to blow (or rinse!) the cobwebs away.

But unfortunately, consuming caffeine first thing in the morning has a negative effect on your body. In fact, it increases your cortisol levels making you moody, irritable, and even depressed. (Not conducive to living your best morning life!) 

So, instead of reaching for coffee first thing, why not try a glass of water and rehydrate?

And another plus: You get some more time to look forward to your first coffee of the day!

6. Putting off exercising until later in the day

Now you’ve reached for the water instead of the coffee – let’s keep the healthy momentum going.

Do you usually put off exercising until the evening time? (Or sometimes not get around to it at all?)

It’s time to kiss that habit goodbye and become a morning exerciser, pronto. The benefits are amazing!

Exercising first thing not only boosts your mood, energy levels, and metabolism for the day, but also shifts your circadian rhythm so you will naturally become more alert in the morning time and sleepier in the evening.

The bottom line? Exercising in the morning gives you the best chance of waking up motivated (and staying that way).

Win, win!

7. Going to bed without tidying up

Is there anything more brutal than dragging yourself out of bed and into the kitchen to be greeted by a mountain of unwashed crockery and sticky countertops?

Nothing puts a dampener on your morning more than a mess so it’s time to quit going to bed before you’ve tidied up.

I know it’s the last thing you want to do after a hectic day, but just taking the time to clean your environment increases your chances of being motivated in the morning.

Why? Because walking into a sparkling kitchen or living room allows you to focus on the day ahead (not the day before). Also, research shows that clutter and disorganization can increase anxiety and procrastination

Plus, you don’t want to waste all the motivation you’ve mustered on tasks that could have been done last evening.

Now, onto the final habit that must go if you want to be more motivated…

8. Making zero effort with your appearance 

In the early days of the pandemic, I began my mornings as if I was going to the office, showering, dressing, etc. But as lockdown continued, I found myself delaying more and more each day. Finally, after a month or so, I realized it was almost 5pm and I was still in my dressing gown.

I thought, “This can’t hurt, right? No one is here to see me.”

But what I didn’t realize at the time was that because I wasn’t prioritizing self-care, my enthusiasm was waning and ultimately, my work was suffering.

There is no doubt about it: Getting dressed and making yourself presentable is as much (if not more) for yourself as for others around you. Why? Because it makes you feel sharp.

Studies by Columbia University found that dressing well makes people feel more powerful and can even impact their thinking and their speech. Therefore, feeling good about how you are presented boosts your confidence and motivation. 

So, take the time to spruce yourself up in the morning. It’ll make you feel better and become more productive. It’s as simple as that! 

Final thoughts

All change is hard but saying goodbye to the eight habits above will make a massive impact on not only your mornings, but your entire life.

It’s just about cultivating a positive routine that will give you the best chance of waking up motivated.

And this cycle will continue from one day to the next making you feel refreshed, energetic, and excited for the possibilities ahead, every day.

So go on, give it a try!

Niamh McNamara

Niamh McNamara

A freelance writer fascinated with human nature and social dynamics, Niamh read literature, history, and philosophy at university before spending time in journalism and PR. Armed with a passion for words and ideas, and a healthy appreciation of the ridiculous, she tries to make sense of it all. Connect with Niamh on X @NBMcnamara123

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