All of us are different this way or another, and not all of us have a perfect morning routine. Some of us want to roll over in bed; others prefer reading, a newspaper, while others as soon as they open their eyes reach for a cup of coffee. But for your day to be productive, these are the things that you cannot do.
- Don’t shot down your alarm
Five more minutes! This is something that most of us do in the morning, but this is a very bad habit. Experts suggest that there should not be an option for “snooze” on our mobile devices and on our alarm clocks. If you go back to sleep after canceling your alarm clock you will fall into a cycle that will never end. So instead of waking up and going to the bathroom to clean yourself, you will wake up even more tired. Only because you wanted to sleep 10 more minutes. It is better to discover how much sleep is enough so you can wake up in the morning rested.
- Don’t remain huddled in your bed
Picture this situation, which we are pretty sure that most of the people do it all the time. You wake up before your alarm clock and you still lie in a bed. Don’t do that. Instead of lying in the bed spend that time to stretch your body. Physiologist from Harvard University, Amy Cuddy claims that stretching your body is one of the best ways to improve your self-confidence before the start of the day. Cuddy thinks that people who wake up and form a letter “V” with their hands are a very happy people than those who wake up in a fetus position. Apparently, this people are under enormous stress according to Cuddy.
- Checking your mailbox
If you sleep next to your mobile phone, probably the first thing you do is grabbing your phone and checking the lattes updates and news. Again don’t do that.Julie Morgenstern, an author of Never Check E-Mail In The Morning points out that you will never recover from a habit like that. Her advice is that if you want something to do, for example reading e-mails; make it like a project that will require more time and attention.
- Don’t forget to make your bed
Why would you make up your bed if you know that you will come back again at night? Even if this may seem true and logically to most of us, Charles Doug, author of “The Power of habits,” argues that fixing the bed is somehow associated with the increased productivity throughout the next day. He indicates that making your bad is a crucial habit, which helps to gain and maintain other good habits.
- Drinking coffee
If you think that there is no way to function normally without a cup of coffee, then think again. Your body produces big levels of a stress hormone called cortisol between 8 and 9 o’clock. Most people drink their coffee after 9:30. So if you drink before that your body will adjust and will produce a smaller amount of cortisol in the morning.
- Preparing yourself in the dark
Shutting down the lights and preparing yourself in the dark it is one more thing that you need to forget. Your internal clock is designed to be sensitive to light and especially to darkness. Preparing yourself in the darkness may be a signal to your body that it is still night outside. This will make you even sleepier than before.
- Doing so many different things
One day you wake up and you drink water, the next day you want to listen to music, then you want to drink coffee or tea. These activities are completely wrong. It is better to have some morning routine. For example, after waking up drink some water and listen to music at the same time and then dress up and go to work.