8 things unsuccessful people do on Monday mornings

Monday mornings can be tough. They mark the end of the weekend and the start of a new workweek.

While successful folks use Monday to kick their week off right, others fall into traps that mess up their whole day, and sometimes, their entire week.

The difference often boils down to the habits people have as they start their week. Unsuccessful people tend to do things on Monday mornings that set them on the wrong foot.

In this article, we’ll talk about 8 common mistakes people often make as they start their Monday, and how these missteps can lead to a week that’s less productive and satisfying.

By knowing what to avoid, you can make your Mondays much better and set the stage for a great week ahead.

1. Skipping Breakfast

One big mistake some people make is skipping breakfast on Monday mornings. Maybe they’re running late, or just don’t feel like eating.

But missing the first meal of the day is like trying to drive your car with very little gas. Without fuel, your body and brain can’t work at their best.

Successful people know that a nutritious breakfast gives them the energy and focus they need to tackle the day.

On the other hand, folks who skip breakfast might feel sluggish, struggle to concentrate, or get cranky easily.

So, if you want to start your week right, make sure you have a good breakfast before you dive into your day.

2. Ignoring the Alarm Clock

We all know the feeling, the alarm clock rings, signaling the start of a new week, and all we want is a few more minutes of sleep.

It’s tempting to hit the snooze button and drift back into dreamland. However, this is a common pitfall many fall into on Monday mornings.

Ignoring the alarm clock and snoozing it repeatedly can throw off your entire morning routine. You might find yourself rushing through your morning, skipping important steps like a healthy breakfast or a refreshing shower, just to make it to work on time.

I’ve found that those extra minutes of sleep rarely leave us feeling refreshed; instead, they often lead to a chaotic start of the day.

Successful people resist the allure of the snooze button, get up with the first ring, and step into their morning routine with purpose.

They understand that a disciplined start is a stepping stone to a productive day.

When the alarm rings next Monday morning, try hopping out of bed and stepping into your day with intention, rather than letting the snooze button steal precious time from your morning.

3. Complaining About The Week Ahead

A big mistake some people make is starting Monday by complaining. They dread the workweek so much that they spend their Monday mornings whining about the tasks ahead.

Whether it’s to family, friends, or coworkers, they spread a negative vibe. It’s a raw truth: nobody likes Mondays.

But constantly complaining about them doesn’t make them any easier. In fact, it sets a negative tone for the entire week.

It’s like stepping into a puddle and then complaining your socks are wet, instead of avoiding the puddle in the first place.

Successful people, on the other hand, face Monday with a positive attitude.

They might not love the early alarm or the busy schedule, but they know a good attitude will make the day (and the week) much more bearable.

4. Overloading the To-Do List

It might seem like a good idea to load up Monday with a long list of tasks to kickstart the week on a productive note.

However, this is where many trip up. Overloading the to-do list can be a recipe for stress and burnout right from the get-go.

When the list is too long, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, and when only a few tasks are ticked off by the end of the day, it’s discouraging.

It creates a sense of failure that can linger through the week.

Successful people often do the opposite. They keep their Monday to-do list short and achievable. They pick a few important tasks and focus on completing them well.

This way, they end Monday with a sense of accomplishment, setting a positive tone for the rest of the week.

By keeping the to-do list realistic, they manage their time and energy better, making the whole week more productive and satisfying.

So, consider easing into the week with a lighter load on Monday, and you might find it leads to a more successful and less stressful week. 

5. Neglecting to Plan

Some people jump into Monday without a game plan. They go through their emails, react to urgent matters, and let the day control them instead of the other way around.

Without a plan, it’s easy to get lost in small tasks and emergencies, and before they know it, the day is over and they haven’t achieved much.

On the flip side, successful people take a few minutes in the morning to plan their day.

They decide what needs to be done and when to do it. This doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as making a list of the top three things you want to get done that day.

Having a plan helps to stay focused and to use time wisely. It’s like having a map for your day.

So, before diving into work on Monday morning, take a moment to plan your day. It could make a huge difference in how much you accomplish and how in control you feel. Plus, you’ll be better prepared to handle whatever the day throws at you.

6. Avoiding Tough Tasks

Monday mornings can feel like a mountain, especially if there’s a tough or unpleasant task waiting. It’s easy to delay these tasks, telling ourselves we’ll feel more up to it later in the week.

But let’s be raw and honest here—procrastination on a Monday morning is a sign of avoiding responsibility, and it only makes the mountain grow taller.

Unsuccessful people often spend their Mondays dodging the hard tasks, which creates a cloud of dread that hangs over the rest of the week.

On the other hand, successful individuals tackle the tough stuff head-on. They know that getting the challenging tasks out of the way first provides a sense of relief and accomplishment that powers them through the rest of the week. 

If you want to break the cycle of unproductivity, face the hard tasks on Monday. You’ll feel lighter, more capable, and ready to take on whatever else the week has in store with a strong, proactive attitude.

7. Getting Stuck in the Email Vortex

Oh, the tempting allure of the inbox! Many people dive into their emails first thing on Monday morning and before they know it, hours have vanished.

They get stuck replying to every email, often losing sight of their bigger tasks for the day.

I’ve been there too, feeling a false sense of being productive just because I’m busy with emails.

But the truth is, it’s a sneaky time thief.

Successful people, however, treat their email inbox wisely. They might set aside specific times for checking emails or prioritize their tasks first before diving into the email vortex.

They know that while emails seem urgent, they can wait until the important tasks are handled. 

Next Monday, before you get lost in a sea of emails, maybe prioritize your tasks, and allocate specific times to tackle your inbox. You’ll likely end up with a more productive and satisfying day.

8. Failing to Reflect and Adjust

Mondays can be a fresh start, a chance to look back at the previous week, learn from what went well or what didn’t, and make adjustments for the week ahead.

However, some people miss this opportunity completely. They dive into the new week without a backward glance, repeating the same mistakes and wondering why their weeks feel like a hamster wheel of unproductivity.

On the other hand, successful people often take a little time on Monday mornings to reflect. They think about their achievements and shortcomings from the previous week and adjust their plans and actions accordingly.

It’s like checking the map before you continue on a journey, to make sure you’re still on the right path.

This small habit can provide valuable insights and a better sense of direction for the week ahead. 


Monday mornings can be a turning point. They can either set you up for success or push you into a cycle of unproductive habits.

It’s the small things – like hitting the snooze button one too many times, dodging the tough tasks, or diving headfirst into emails – that often trip people up.

However, by recognizing these common mistakes and making a few simple changes in our routine, we can take control of our Mondays and set a positive tone for the rest of the week.

It’s about starting the week with the right mindset and actions.

So, let’s tackle next Monday with a bit of planning, a positive attitude, and a willingness to face the hard tasks head-on. 

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. Check out my latest book on the Hidden Secrets of Buddhism and How it Saved My Life. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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