If you want to be a high achiever, you need to foster these 10 morning habits

Ever wonder how some people just seem to get so much done and still be happy?

A big part of their secret is how they start their mornings.

After all, mornings are powerful. They can shape your whole day. 

In this article, we’ll share 10 easy morning habits that can help you become a high achiever at whatever you do.

Let’s get started. 

Habit 1: Wake Up Early

The early bird catches the worm – it’s an old saying, but it’s stuck around for a reason.

Waking up early is one of the top habits of high achievers.

Think about it: while everyone else is snoozing, you’re up and getting a head start on your day. It’s quiet, peaceful, and the perfect time to focus on yourself before the world wakes up.

It’s not about torturing yourself with a 4 a.m. alarm (unless you’re into that!). It’s about finding that sweet spot where you can get up, feel great, and have extra time to prepare for the day.

Even an extra 30 minutes in the morning can make a big difference.

Use this time to focus on you – plan your day, enjoy the silence, or just take a moment to breathe.

Habit 2: Hydrate

After a long night’s rest, your body is just craving for hydration, almost like a plant reaching its leaves for a drop of water after a hot day.

Water wakes up your body, gets your metabolism rolling, and helps flush out toxins that have built up overnight. It’s like giving your body a fresh start every day.

I’ve seen people jazz it up with a slice of lemon for an extra zesty kick.

It’s not just refreshing; it’s also packed with vitamin C to boost your immune system. 

Make it a point to greet your day with a refreshing glass of water. Your body (and brain!) will thank you for it.

Habit 3: Avoid the Screen Scourge

We’re all guilty of it—waking up and reaching for our phones like they hold the secrets to the universe.

Notifications, emails, social media – it’s a digital jungle out there.

But starting your day drowning in a sea of endless messages and updates is like trying to win a race with your shoelaces tied together.

Spoiler alert – it’s not going to end well.

High achievers know that the phone is a tool, not a master. The first hours of the day are sacred. It’s when your mind is at its freshest, uncluttered, ready to take on the world.

Don’t waste that golden energy scrolling through an endless feed or answering emails that can wait.

Honestly, most of it is just noise – and who needs noise at the crack of dawn?

The morning is your time to focus on what truly matters, to lay down the first, most important bricks that will build your day.

Social media, emails, they’ll still be there, waiting patiently (or impatiently) for your attention. But by then, you’ll be geared up, focused, and ready to tackle them like a boss.

Habit 4: Get Moving

There’s something invincible about starting your day with some good old movement. It’s like flipping a switch in your brain from “sleepy” to “unstoppable.”

Now, I’m not saying you need to turn into a CrossFit champion overnight or run a marathon at the crack of dawn

. It could be as simple as a 10-minute stretch, a quick walk around the block while the world is still quiet, or dancing to your favorite song.

Whatever gets your blood pumping and those feel-good endorphins flowing.

With each step, each stretch, you’re not just waking up your body – you’re waking up your soul. You’re telling the universe, “I’m here, I’m ready, and today is mine.”

And remember, it’s not about the intensity or the duration, it’s about the consistency.

Making movement a non-negotiable part of your morning ritual can transform not just your body, but your mindset.

It’s a daily reminder that you’re alive, powerful, and ready to take on whatever the day throws at you.

Habit 5: Embrace Stillness

High achievers are often seen as perpetual motion machines, always on the go.

But the ones really killing the game have mastered the art of stillness.

They know that sometimes, you need to slow down to speed up. It’s in those moments of quiet, where the world is on pause and you’re tuned into the now, that the magic happens.

This isn’t about navel-gazing or humming “om” until the cows come home (unless that’s your jam – no judgment here).

It’s about giving yourself a moment of peace to breathe, focus, and just be.

It could be meditation, journaling, or simply staring out the window with a cup of coffee, letting your thoughts wander.

It’s in this stillness that creativity, clarity, and solutions bubble to the surface. It’s where you step back and see the forest for the trees, find the signal in the noise.

The world is fast, loud, and demanding. Giving yourself the gift of quiet, even for just a few minutes each morning, is like a secret weapon for your mental and emotional well-being.

Habit 6: Feed Your Brain

You’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Well, the same goes for your brain.

It needs a hearty breakfast to kickstart a day of decision-making, creativity, and focus.

No, I’m not talking about brain food like fish or nuts, although they’re great too. I’m talking about feeding it with knowledge and inspiration.

High achievers have a secret – they’re always learning. Every day, they’re filling their minds with new ideas, perspectives, and information.

It keeps them sharp, inspired, and ahead of the curve.

So, while you’re sipping on that morning coffee or tea, consider making a habit of consuming something enriching for your brain as well.

It could be reading a chapter of a book, listening to a podcast, or watching a short, informative video.

Pick something that fires you up, expands your knowledge, or gives you a fresh perspective on the world.

The idea is to get those mental gears turning and spark your creativity early in the day.

Habit 7: Get Real About Your To-Do List

Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. To-do lists. We all have them.

They can be a saving grace, but let’s be brutally honest – they can also be a never-ending nightmare.

How many times have you looked at that list and felt like you’re staring at a mountain with no peak in sight? We’ve all been there.

High achievers are different. Not because they have some superhuman capacity to tackle endless tasks, but because they know how to prioritize like pros.

They get real with themselves every morning. They stare that long list in the face and have the courage to say, “Not today.”

Every morning, they single out the top priorities – usually three main tasks that are both urgent and important.

The ones that will move the needle, that align with their goals, that will make them go to bed at night thinking, “Today was a win.” Everything else? It waits.

It’s not about doing more; it’s about doing what matters. Being busy and being productive aren’t the same thing.

Tomorrow morning, take a hard look at that to-do list. Be brutal. What really needs to be done today? What are the big wins? Circle them. The rest? It’s noise. Deal with it later.

First, conquer those mountains, the ones that make the view worth the climb.

Habit 8: Fuel Your Body Right

Mornings can be a rush, and it’s tempting to grab something quick – or worse, skip eating altogether.

But let’s pause for a moment. Our bodies are like engines, and engines need the right fuel to run smoothly.

For all the hustle to make sense, we’ve got to pause and take care of our physical selves.

High achievers understand that their energy, focus, and productivity are directly linked to what they eat.

They don’t just eat to fill the stomach; they eat to fuel their ambitions. It’s not always about a gourmet meal, but about something balanced and nutritious that propels them forward, not hold them back.

A balanced breakfast doesn’t have to be a big production. It could be as simple as a smoothie, a bowl of oatmeal, or eggs with veggies.

The key is to include proteins, good fats, and fibers to keep the energy levels steady.

Think of it as setting the stage – a breakfast that keeps you satiated and focused means a day where you’re on your A-game.

Tomorrow, take that extra moment. Choose food that nourishes, not just fills. Notice the difference it makes – not just in your energy levels, but in your focus, your mood, and your performance. Treat your body like the powerhouse it is, and it will return the favor tenfold.

Habit 9: Take a Moment of Gratitude

Those moments where you take stock of the good stuff, and suddenly, the world feels like a friendlier place, and challenges appear more manageable.

High achievers often make a moment for gratitude every morning. It’s not an accidental pause; it’s a deliberate moment to acknowledge the good stuff. Big or small, personal or professional – every win counts.

Imagine starting your day focusing on the positives, the accomplishments, and the support you have around you.

It could be as grand as a recent promotion or as simple as the smile your kid gave you before bed last night.

When you make this a habit, it’s like armoring yourself with a force field of positivity before stepping into the world.

You don’t need a journal or a special app, just a moment to yourself.

It’s a simple act, but it has the power to transform your outlook, your energy, and your day.

Habit 10: Face the Hard Stuff Head-On

We’ve all got that one task, that one looming challenge we’d rather shove to the dark corners of our to-do list, hoping it’ll magically disappear.

Spoiler alert—it won’t. And high achievers, they’ve got a bone to pick with those tasks.

Here’s the raw truth: that hard task, the one that makes your stomach twist into knots, it’s not going anywhere until you face it head-on.

The most successful people know that, and they’ve made a habit of tackling the toughest task first thing in the morning.

It’s often called “eating the frog,” and while it sounds unpleasant, the freedom and momentum that come after are unparalleled.

Think about it. You dive into your day, and you knock that beast of a task out of the park before lunch.

The relief, the accomplishment, the sheer liberation of not having it hang over your head—it’s like a shot of adrenaline.

The rest of the day? It feels lighter, and you’re on a roll.

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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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