Having a good start to the day where you have greater control is critical in achieving better results, and ultimately greater career success. What you do in your first few hours at work can have a huge impact on your level of productivity for the day. It is vital to create a good morning routine to set up a successful day.
The way you start your day sets up the tone and attitude for the day ahead. A good morning routine can either make or break your day. Good morning routines and habits can help you to avoid the feeling at the end of the week that of an unproductive one.
Here are some tips and things you can do at the start of every day to make it a productive day, and in turn, week.
- Be punctual and arrive on time. This might seem obvious to most of you, but for some individuals, showing up late forms a bad impression for the boss but it can also ruin your daily time management. Arriving on time promotes a feeling of accomplishment.
- Take a deep breath. Upon arrival at work you should take a deep breath and clear all the ‘home stuff’ from your mind. Upon arrival at work try do something that will help you focus on the her and now. Many people don’t leave enough time to deal with all the personal home issues, have a stressful commute to work and then dive straight into work. Upon arrival, take a monument to focus and centre yourself.
- Feed your brain and eat a proper breakfast. We have all heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Having breakfast will to only help your physical fitness but also your mental energy to help you through the day.
- Start each day with a clean slate. Upon arrival at work you might have to attend to projects or meetings that have rolled over from the previous day, however try treat each day as new day. Try leave yesterdays issues behind and from the outset of each day get organized, focus and prepare yourself for the day ahead.
- Be aware of your mood. Pay attention to your mood and understand that your mood has an effect on those around you. Emotional intelligence can have a huge impact on your day. If you are not a morning person, for example, then train yourself to suck it up and have a positive attitude. The first few hours after your arrival at work can set your attitude barometer for the rest of the day. Your bad mood can have an impact on those around you and put everyone on the wrong footing.
- Organize your day. Upon arrival at work, it is best to take some time to go through your to-do list and prioritize your day and focus on what you absolutely need to accomplish. Many individuals get distracted and focus on the unimportant activities. Make or update your to-do list from the previous day. When creating your to-do list, separate what needs to be accomplished today and what can be completed tomorrow.
- Be present. For those of you who are not morning people, it is imperative that you are awake and focused when you get to the office. This is even more important for those of you who are in leadership positions. It is vital that you be both mentally and physically present, and to communicate. Upon arrival at work try to connect with your staff and team members. To the small things like making eye contact, smiling, asking them about their night, and most important asking if there is anything that they need help with. Do this can help you as a leader and assist you to take the pulse of your team and set the tone for the day.
- Check in with your colleagues. A short 10 minute informal team meeting can be an effective way to start the day and get the team on the same page regarding what has to be done and highlight any issues. Let every team member express and share any critical information that the team need to know. A short meeting can help the team to focus and more important connect with every member of the team.
- Ask your what is your core purpose at work. Focusing on your core purpose at work can help motivate through the day. Take a few minutest to focus on what really matters in your job and on what you are ultimately trying to achieve and for whom.
- Don’t be distracted by your inbox. Most experts recommend that you should not check your email first thing in the morning. However, if you do, then focus and respond to those messages that are urgent only. Remember there will be time during the day to answer all those less urgent messages. Also, it must be noted that for many individuals email and the web can create huge time-wasters and cause distractions.
- Mix things up from time to time. Many individuals are creatures of habit and prefer order. For these types of people, from time to time, try shift things around to get a different perspective. Sit in a different desk or take a walkabout around the office and socialize.
- Take advantage of your cleared mind. Many individuals feel that they best operate in the mornings and it a time when they are most creative and productive. Plan your day and make best use of your brain power by planning your day around these periods especially if it is in the morning hours.
- Organize your workspace. Clearing your desk and workspace can set a tome for the reset of the day and avoid any confusion. A clear and tidy workspace can help you think clearly, avoid missing any important reminders and that feeling that all the paperwork is winning the battle. Best thing to do is to clear your workspace the previous evening before you leave work. If not, do this upon your arrival before you start checking new email messages and chatting with co-workers.
- Listen to your voice mail. Don’t forget to check your voice mail. Many people will jump straight to their email and forget about the their phone. Once again, sift through your voice mail and answer only the important calls.
- Plan a mid-morning break. Use a mid-morning break to revitalize yourself and keep your momentum going.
If you follow a routine that that does not include any of the tips above, it might be worth your while to take the time to assess your daily habits and routines and make any adjustments to enhance your effectiveness and productivity, not to mention improve your career development. Habits are created out of regular cues which in turn creates a routine. The morning time in the office critical and having a good routine and habits during this time can help with your focus and productivity. It is also important to understand that any routine is to cast in stone. Routines must remain flexible and always remember to look at the big picture.