11 things unsuccessful people do at the start of every day

We often talk about the good habits successful people start their day with.

But what about the things they avoid doing?

Surprisingly enough, sidestepping specific actions can also be a game-changer for your day.

So, let’s get your favorite morning beverage ready and dive into the things less successful people often do when they wake up.

Who knows? You might just spot a habit or two of yours on this list.

Recognizing them is the first step towards improvement.

Ready to kick-start your journey to success? Let’s jump right in!

1) They hit the snooze button

If you find yourself hitting the snooze button every morning, you’re not alone.

Many people start their day this way. But unfortunately, it’s a habit that can lead to a hectic and unproductive day.

Why? Well, when you hit snooze and drift back off, you’re sending mixed signals to your brain. The result? You wake up feeling groggy instead of refreshed. 

So, try to resist the temptation of the snooze button tomorrow morning.

It might be challenging at first, but in the long run, you’ll feel more energized and ready to conquer the day.

2) They skip breakfast

Skipping breakfast is a common habit among many people, especially those who are always in a rush.

However, this is a pitfall.

Breakfast is often called ‘the most important meal of the day‘ for a reason.

When you skip breakfast, you’re starting your day on an empty tank.

This can lead to lower energy levels, concentration issues, and even mood swings throughout the day. 

So, even if you’re running late, try to at least grab a piece of fruit or a protein bar.

Your body and brain will thank you for it!

3) They neglect to plan their day

I used to jump right into my day without a clear plan. I thought I was saving time by getting straight to work.

But boy, was I wrong!

Without a plan, I found myself bouncing from one task to another, feeling overwhelmed and losing track of what I had accomplished. It was like driving without a roadmap.

Once I started planning my day each morning, things changed dramatically.

I knew what tasks were ahead of me and could prioritize them better. I felt more controlled and less stressed.

So, take it from me. Don’t dive headfirst into your day without a plan.

Spend a few minutes each morning organizing your tasks. 

It might feel like you’re losing precious time at first, but trust me, you’ll gain it back with increased efficiency and productivity throughout the day.

4) They start their day with negative news

They start their day with negative news 11 things unsuccessful people do at the start of every day

Did you know that starting your day with negative news can set a pessimistic tone for the rest of the day? It’s true!

A study by the British Psychology Society found that exposure to negative news in the morning can lead to increased levels of worry and anxiety throughout the day.

Many people have a habit of scrolling through their phones, checking emails or news updates first thing in the morning.

But if these updates are full of negative news, it can be a real mood killer.

Try to start your day with something positive instead – a motivational quote, an inspiring podcast, or even just a moment of gratitude.

It’s a small change that can make a big difference in your daily mood and overall outlook.

5) They ignore their loved ones

In the hustle and bustle of the morning, it’s easy to overlook those who matter most to us.

We’re so wrapped up in our to-do lists, our emails, and our rush to get out the door, that we often forget to pause and appreciate the ones we love.

But these moments of connection – a shared laugh over breakfast, a quick hug before leaving, or even just a warm ‘good morning’- can make a world of difference.

Not just for our relationships, but for our own well-being too.

Remember, success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your work.

It’s also about nurturing your personal relationships and cherishing those little moments of connection. 

So tomorrow morning, take a moment to connect with your loved ones.

It might just be the best start to your day!

6) They don’t make time for exercise

Let me share something from my own life.

Once upon a time, I was the kind of person who would start working the moment I got out of bed. Exercise? Who has time for that in the morning, right?

But then, I noticed I was feeling sluggish and drained by midday.

My productivity was dipping, and I was always tired. That’s when I decided to give morning exercise a shot.

Now, I start my day with a quick 15-minute jog around the block.

And guess what? It’s been a game-changer! Not only do I feel more energized, but I also feel more focused and ready to tackle whatever the day throws at me.

So, if you’re like how I used to be – always rushing into work without sparing a thought for exercise – you might want to reconsider.

It doesn’t have to be a full-fledged workout; even a short walk can do wonders for your mood and energy levels!

7) They let stress take over

Look, life can be messy. It can throw curveballs when you least expect them, and suddenly, your morning goes from zero to a hundred on the stress scale.

It happens to the best of us.

But here’s the thing. If you let that stress take over first thing in the morning, it’s like starting your day on a battlefield.

That tension sticks with you, tainting everything you do with anxiety and unease.

It’s not easy to shake off, especially when you’re dealing with pressing issues.

But starting your day stressed out isn’t going to solve those problems. Instead, it’ll make them seem bigger and scarier than they actually are.

So, even when things go haywire, take a few moments for yourself. Breathe deeply.

Remind yourself that it’s okay to feel overwhelmed, but don’t let it dictate your day. You’re stronger than your stress, remember that.

8) They don’t hydrate

Here’s an interesting fact: according to studies, even mild dehydration can affect your mood and cognitive function.

Yet, many people start their day without hydrating.

After a long night of sleep, your body is naturally dehydrated.

Ignoring this and jumping straight into your day can lead to fatigue, headaches, and difficulty focusing.

That’s not exactly the best way to kick-start a productive day, is it?

So, make a habit of drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning.

It helps wake your body up, kick-starts your metabolism, and gets you ready for the day ahead. It’s a small habit with big benefits!

9) They don’t prioritize self-care

For a long time, my mornings were all about rushing. Rushing to answer emails, rushing to get ready, rushing to start work.

Self-care? That was something I thought I didn’t have time for.

But over time, I realized that neglecting self-care was taking a toll on my mental health.

I felt drained, stressed, and constantly on edge. That’s when I knew something had to change.

So, I started incorporating small acts of self-care into my morning routine.

Sometimes it was just five minutes of deep breathing; other times it was journaling or reading a chapter of a book while sipping my coffee.

And guess what? It made a world of difference!

Remember, taking care of yourself isn’t selfish or a waste of time.

It’s necessary. So, don’t forget to carve out some time for self-care in your morning routine. Trust me, you’re worth it!

10) They get lost in the digital world

Let’s be real. How many of us start our day by reaching for our phones, losing ourselves in an endless sea of social media, emails, and news?

It’s a habit that’s easy to fall into but hard to break.

But here’s the harsh truth.

Diving into the digital world first thing in the morning can be a massive drain on your productivity and focus. It’s like starting your day on someone else’s terms, not yours.

So, try to resist the pull of your phone for the first hour after waking up.

It’s not easy, I know. But it gives you a chance to start your day with intention and focus, rather than getting swept up in the digital tide.

11) They avoid fresh air

This might sound trivial, but it’s surprisingly important.

Many people start their day cooped up indoors, completely cut off from nature.

They’re missing out on one of the easiest and most effective ways to wake up their senses and boost their mood.

Stepping outside, even for just a few minutes, can do wonders for your well-being.

The fresh air, the sounds of nature – it’s a sensory experience that helps you feel more awake and alive.

So tomorrow morning, try to spend a few minutes outside.

Feel the cool air on your face, listen to the birds chirping.

It’s a simple pleasure that can set a positive tone for your day.

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Lucas Graham

Lucas Graham, based in Auckland, writes about the psychology behind everyday decisions and life choices. His perspective is grounded in the belief that understanding oneself is the key to better decision-making. Lucas’s articles are a mix of personal anecdotes and observations, offering readers relatable and down-to-earth advice.

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