If you start your day with these 7 habits, you’re setting yourself up for success

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Do you ever wake up feeling like you’re already behind on your day? 

It’s something most of us have experienced, including me — dragging myself out of bed, rushing through a chaotic morning, and then feeling off-balance for the rest of the day. 

Trust me, it’s a recipe for stress and inefficiency. 

But I’ve discovered that the first hour of the day can make or break the next 23. That’s why I’ve embraced 7 morning habits that have utterly transformed my days. 

If you’re ready to start your day with purpose, clarity, and a sense of calm, read on. These habits are game-changers.

1) Wake up consistently at a reasonable time

I’ll let you in on a secret: I used to be a notorious night owl. Late nights and even later mornings were my norm. 

And you know what else? I still am. It doesn’t matter how many experts and celebrities preach the 5am morning — I hate waking early.

So my thoughts here might seem a bit surprising. I don’t believe you have to “wake up early” to get a head start.

I believe you have to wake up early enough in order to feel good about yourself, and feel like you can tackle a few important tasks before your day begins — whatever that looks like for you.

I do know people who wake up at the crack of dawn, and also people who wake up at 10am. And both of them are fulfilled, successful people. 

They both hit the gym, tackle their daily goals, and have achieved fantastic things in life. Who can say one is right and one is wrong?

So as long as you have a reasonable time that doesn’t make you feel like half the day has already passed you by, and you stick to it, you’re definitely on the right track for success

2) Hydrate

Drink water — it sounds so simple, but this is one habit I regret not picking up sooner. 

Before, I’d reach for coffee first thing in the morning. I thought I needed it to jumpstart my day, but what I didn’t realize was that I was starting off dehydrated.

Our bodies lose a lot of water while we’re sleeping, and the morning is the perfect time to replenish that loss. 

It was actually a teenager who inspired me to set things right — she told me how she kicks off every morning by drinking a full bottle of water, so she already has one quarter of her daily intake taken care of. 

And that even motivates her to keep drinking throughout the day.

So I’ve started doing the same, and let me tell you, it’s a game-changer. I feel much more refreshed, like I’ve just hit the reset button on my body.

And, I can start my day knowing I’ve already done something for my health and wellbeing. 

3) Make your bed

This is one thing I’ve never had a problem with — I like a tidy home, and a nicely made bed is like the centerpiece of the bedroom.

But I can tell you that for my partner, it used to be a completely different story.

I’d come home and find the sheets a mess and pillows on the floor. His logic was, why tidy up something he’s just going to mess up again later?

Ladies, you can probably imagine my annoyance.

It took another man talking about the benefits of making his bed in the morning to get him curious enough to try it.

And I’m not going to lie and say that it transformed his entire day — but, he does have this proud glow about him each time he walks out of the bedroom now. 

You see, making your bed is about more than just aesthetics; it’s a small win that lifts your mood and sets the tone for bigger wins throughout your day — all before breakfast.

4) Plan your day

Have you ever jumped straight into your day with no plan, only to feel overwhelmed and scattered a few hours in? 

I used to do that all the time, believing that spontaneity was the spice of life. But what I didn’t realize was how much time and energy I was wasting by not having a game plan.

Now, I take a few minutes every morning to jot down my to-dos and organize my priorities for the day. 

I really need to do this in writing, but I’ve also spoken to some people who just do it mentally. Whatever you prefer, having a plan gives you a roadmap to navigate your day more effectively.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t be flexible or adjust as things come up. But when you start with a plan, you’re less likely to get sidetracked or waste time deciding what to do next. 

You’ll have a clearer focus, better time management, and a greater sense of control. And honestly, who doesn’t want that?

5) Eat a healthy breakfast

I’ll be honest — there was a time when breakfast for me meant grabbing a sugary pastry or skipping the meal altogether. “I’m too busy,” I’d say, ignoring the hunger pangs until lunch. 

But what a difference a healthy breakfast makes!

Starting your day with a nutritious meal is like fueling your car before a road trip; it gives you the energy to perform at your best. 

For me, that’s a bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruit or a smoothie packed with greens and protein. The options are endless, but the goal is the same: to nourish your body and mind.

A balanced breakfast not only keeps you full longer but also improves your concentration and productivity. 

You’ll find it easier to focus on tasks and make better decisions. In a world full of temptations and distractions, a good breakfast can be your secret weapon for success.

6) Avoid digital distractions

Be honest with yourself: what’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Is it to take a deep breath and start your day consciously, or do you reach right away for your phone to check notifications?

If it’s the first option, congratulations, you are already way ahead of the curve. 

I have to admit, I belonged in the second category for the longest time. And that habit would send me spiraling down a rabbit hole of emails, social media, and news, all before my feet even hit the floor. 

I thought I was being “productive,” but in reality, I was just cluttering my mind.

That’s why I decided to set some boundaries with my digital life. Now, the first hour of my day is a no-phone zone. 

By avoiding digital distractions, I found that my mornings became peaceful havens for setting intentions, rather than stress-inducing battlegrounds.

When you sidestep the pull of your digital devices, you create a pocket of calm that allows you to prioritize more meaningful activities. 

Your mind is clear, and you’re more aware of your thoughts and feelings. Trust me, whatever notifications you have can wait. 

7) Nourish your mind

Now we come to my personal favorite part of every morning — mind food. 

I’ve adopted the same mentality for nourishing the mind as for the body — breakfast, or the first “meal” you put in it, is the most important one of the day. 

That’s why as I go about my morning routine, I put on one of my favorite podcasts in the background.

While I’m brushing my teeth, getting dressed, and doing my hair, my mind is being taken on an adventure through the advantages of a positive mindset, writing strategies, or any other topic that I feel like listening to that day.

It really makes me feel incredible in the morning. 

It doesn’t have to be a podcast — perhaps you prefer reading a book, watching a video, or even spending time reading through some educational social media accounts.

When you prioritize this, even if it’s just a few minutes each morning, you’re setting the stage for a day filled with curiosity, insight, and, yes, success.

The power of morning habits for lasting success

If you’re anything like I used to be, mornings can feel like a chaotic race against the clock. 

But ever since I adopted these 7 habits, I’ve noticed a radical transformation — not just in how I start my day, but in my overall outlook on life.

Imagine waking up every day with a sense of purpose, clarity, and calm, knowing that you’ve already set yourself up for success. 

You’re not just reacting to the day’s challenges; you’re proactively creating the life you want, one morning at a time.

Use these precious moments to nourish your body, clear your mind, and set your intentions. Take it from me, small tweaks to your morning routine can have enormous benefits that ripple throughout your day and beyond.

It’s never too late to start your day right. So go ahead, embrace these habits, and become the master of your mornings. Your future self will thank you.

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Tina Fey

I'm Tina Fey, the founder of the blog Love Connection. I've extremely passionate about sharing relationship advice. I've studied psychology and have my Masters in marital, family, and relationship counseling. I hope with all my heart to help you improve your relationships, and I hope that even if one thing I write helps you, it means more to me than just about anything else in the world. Check out my blog Love Connection, and if you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter

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