For many, mornings are the most productive time of the day, while for others it’s most certainly not. Regardless of whether you are a morning or evening person the following tips will help you to make the most of your working morning!
Make time for breakfast
It’s true that they say, it really is the most important meal of the day – eat right and you will see the difference in your work performance and attitude (and hopefully feel a little better about things too). Also, coffee, if you need it, drink it.
Don’t be late
Ideally, it’s best to arrive a few minutes early to settle yourself in for the day if possible. Arriving in a flap, having had to rush, with everything from home front of mind, or the scent of the person beside you on the bus still lingering, is not an ideal or productive start.
Take a deep breath
Have a think about how you want your day to be, familiarise yourself with your to do list before reading emails or having work chats with stressed clients / colleagues – you are in control!
Everyday is a new day
Don’t hold on to arguments or niggles from the previous working day, put them to one side and get on with the task at hand (easier said than done granted, but it really does help).
We’ve all been there – someone arrives in a bad mood and it impacts on the whole team. We’re not suggesting being fake super happy, just control your negativity or anger from impacting on everyone else (be present too!).
Some prefer compiling their to do list for the following day last thing before heading home, while others find it better doing it first thing in the morning for the day ahead. Whichever works for you, go for it.
Clear working space is a clear mind and all of that, but for many this is in fact very true – try to avoid clutter (don’t look at my desk…).
Ignoring your inbox
Not sure about you, but I get easily distracted by new emails popping up in the bottom right-hand corner of my computer, so much so that I close email entirely at times in order to get other things done.
Order of importance
While jobs vary hugely in terms of key actions and requirements, the principal remains the same – do the most important and pressing work for the day first thing, don’t put them off – you will feel better for it, promise.
We can only focus fully for a certain amount of time (very dependent per person), so ensure you allow yourself a quick mid-morning break – it allows you a re-focus, assess and get things straight in your own head.
And if all else fails, lunch is just around the corner, #food, stay positive!