Mornings. Some people love them, others hate them. Either way, you can’t escape them! Unless you sleep in, but if you’re reading this, I doubt you’re one of those people that let life slip by.

I’m a big believer that how you start your day is a good indicator of how you proceed throughout the rest of the day. In the first hour of most people’s day, they ruin their entire opportunity for daily progress and momentum. Their morning routine is destroying them. Instead of framing the day for intention, power and success, they become reactive slaves.  They spend the entire day responding and living based on other people’s agendas.

Here are the top 5 things that high performers DON’T do immediately after they wake up.

1. Roll over and check phone, placed by their bedside in order to ruin sleep.

Notifications are like crack. People are addicted to it because of the instant gratification and the dopamine that gets released. They get sucked into the “scroll-hole” and all of a sudden an hour passes by without them noticing.

2. Check email, framing the day reacting to other’s false emergencies and needs.

If you start your day checking the email, you’ll end up wasting the day putting out fires and responding to what other people want from you.

3. Suck down as much coffee as possible without burning throat.

A lot of people don’t have natural energy in the morning because they’re addicted to caffeine. High performers warm their body and their minds by focusing inwards. You can learn more about how to do this by reading my post on electrifying your mornings.

4. Hurry to get themselves together in order to hurriedly get somewhere.

You might be one of those people that snooze their alarm clocks until you only have 15 minutes to get to work, so you end up rushing yourself. High performers don’t set themselves up for a hectic morning.

5. Start working based on what feels easy or what’s in the inbox.

If you do what’s easy, you’ll never do what’s right. If you do what’s easy, you’ll never do what’s necessary. You’ll never do the ONE thing that can move your life forward, because you’ll “feel” accomplished for doing all these easy tasks.


You must get your morning back if you ever want to be an elite-level achiever. Your first hour is a sacred time for you to set up success.

If you’re starting your day by checking in, then you’ve already checked out of success.

~Brendon Burchard