How do you start your day? Do you roll out of bed with barely enough time to wash up, dress, and scurry out the door? Do you stop on the way to work to grab a donut and coffee?
If this is your morning routine, a few changes are definitely in order if you want to get a good start to your day.
Establishing a Routine
To begin with, it’s important to give yourself enough time to get ready in the morning. Rushing around, with barely a minute to spare, is more likely to get you out of sorts rather than composed and ready for work.
If you are rushing, you’re simply creating more stress than you need to. You’re more likely to forget something or do something wrong.
You should have a routine that you follow every morning.
It should include a good breakfast that will give you a steady source of energy throughout the morning. That means staying away from sugary foods that give you a brief burst of energy, but it dissipates quickly.
Other activities that you should consider including in your morning routine are things like meditation and exercise, both of which help you to reduce stress, improve your mood, and give you more energy.
When You Get to Work
When you get to your workstation with that first cup of coffee, take a little time while you are sipping it to think about your day, where you are at with your assignments, what you’ve done, and what you have still to do.
Prepare your work area. Make sure you have everything you need, and it’s in the right place. Keeping things organized is a lot more important than you may think. Research has shown that people who are more organized are more productive. So make sure your workspace is clean.
Look over your to-do list and prioritize your tasks. Ideally, you should block out time on your calendar for the various tasks you need to do. This way you can be sure you are doing the most important things first and spending the time on them that you need to.
Take a quick look at your e-mail. The operative word here is quick. This is just a brief check to make sure that you respond to any urgent messages that need immediate attention. Don’t allow yourself to get to wrapped up with the e-mail at this time. You need to designate a time later in the day when you will go through e-mail more thoroughly.