Mornings are not for social media

You wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is check your phone. You will not even check if your legs are working.

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Are you the person who hits the snooze button five times before giving up and going back to sleep for three hours? Do you feel the urge to lie in bed and check social media for one hour after getting up? The first hour of your day has a disproportionate effect on how you carry out tasks for the rest of the day. What you do immediately after waking up sends a powerful message to your brain about the kind of person you are and the things you value the most.

Mobile phone snooz
You snooze, You lose

The most productive people understand this and pay great attention to what they do in the first hour after waking up. They know checking social media first thing in the morning tells their brain the most important thing for them is what other people have posted while they slept. They care more about what other people think than achieving their goals.

What if instead of checking social media first thing in the morning while still lying in bed, they rose immediately the alarm rings, purposefully turn off the alarm and did something of value instead? Most productive people have a morning routine, a simple set of activities that they complete every morning so they can set the tone for the rest of their day. For some it could be morning exercise but don’t worry if you are not the type that can go for a run every morning. There are a lot of simple activities that can serve the same purpose.

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Don’t do this first thing in the morning

A person who goes for prayers immediately after waking up has already chosen to begin their day with a sense of purpose. A person who also makes their own bed is also ahead of you. It seems simple but the act of making your bed in the morning is a powerful force multiplier. A bed with the bedsheet tucked in and the blanket neatly folded sends a powerful message to your brain that I have rested well, I no longer need to stay in bed and I have other tasks to do. Furthermore, making your bed is a task. Completing an important early morning task builds momentum that makes it easier for you to complete the next task.

Curb the urge to reach for your phone first thing in the morning. Each day, you are voting for the kind of person you choose to become.

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