7 Morning Mistakes We’re All Guilty of Making
We would like mornings better if they started later – many of us could have sworn having the same thought. We know the early-to-bed, early-to-rise proverb, but it just doesn’t seem motivational enough. Now, consider a different one, “Lose an hour in the morning, and you’ll be hunting for it all day.”
I was amazed at realizing how simple and true that is. I guess that’s because you’re unlikely to see instant results heath- or wealth-wise if you start going to bed and getting up earlier, nor will you become significantly wiser immediately. You will only start noticing results in these (and some other) areas over time. However, when you lose or waste time in the morning due to poor planning or misplaced things, forget something important or get stressed over something at the start of your day, the results are usually instant and obvious.
Getting late, the anxiety of being in a rush, messing something up while doing it in a hurry, searching for ways to replace whatever you forgot, for ways of calming down or cheering yourself up – you are highly likely to experience these the very same morning or day. The problem is, many people believe all this is just inevitable in a modern world or any busy person’s lifestyle, so they don’t consider changing anything about their morning routines. That’s exactly what I used to do for years, as well as making other common morning mistakes:
1. Hitting the snooze button
It may be hard to make that extremely important move – getting yourself out of bed, so the snooze button and a chance to go back to sleep for a few minutes (and then for a few more minutes) may seem like the most desirable thing on Earth. However, this won’t make you feel better, and won’t make your morning any easier. On the contrary, the quality of sleep you’re getting this way might make you feel even more tired than before. Something so counter-productive isn’t worth the time you’ll have to take away from other important tasks. So rather than trying to get a few extra minutes of “sleep”, with a risk of running late and having to skip other essential parts of your morning routine, think about the things you could possibly skip in the evening in order to go to bed earlier.
In an ideal world, your body would just wake up naturally after a complete sleep cycle, without you having to use the alarm clock. But that’s not possible within today’s busy schedules, unless you are working flexible hours from home. However, the best thing you can include in your daily schedule to make your mornings easier is getting up and going to bed at about the same time every day. People who do that often start waking up at that same time in the morning and don’t have to rely on an alarm. There are also special apps available that wake you up when you’re not in deep sleep, which is the optimal time to get out of bed if you don’t want to feel tired and grumpy.