Published On: Mar 15 2013 03:47:43 PM EDTUpdated On: Mar 26 2015 03:00:00 AM EDT
Morning routines are crucial for work day success, according to some career experts. That's why it’s important you have a morning routine that sets you up for success instead of starting your day already stressed and already behind the game.
Arrive on time. This may be obvious to most people—but some don’t realize that showing up late can not only leave a bad impression, but also throw off your entire day.
Take a deep breath. “Literally,” says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker, author and president of Humor at Work. “And do something to focus in on the here and now.”
Take five. After the deep breath, give yourself five minutes to get settled in. This is a good way to set the tone of the day.
Start each day with a clean slate. You may have to finish projects or discussions that rolled over from the previous afternoon—but try to treat each day as a fresh one.
Don't be moody. You’ll want to pay attention to your mood and be aware of its effect on others. If you’re not a “morning person,” try to suck it up and have a positive attitude when you arrive at the office.
Organize your day. The first hour of the work day is the best time to assess priorities and to focus on what you absolutely need to accomplish.
Check in with your colleagues. A quick 5 to 10 minute team huddle can also be an effective way for many people to start their day.
Be present. You need to be awake when you get to the office. Especially if you’re in a leadership position, it’s critical to be present, mentally and physically, and to communicate.
Ensure that your workspace is organized. Clearing off the desk and creating a neat workspace sets a tone for the rest of the day. It can also help avoid confusion.
Don't be distracted by your inbox. This one is difficult for most people—but the experts agree that you shouldn’t check your e-mail first thing in the morning. If you do, only read and respond to messages that are urgent.
Listen to your voicemail. Most people jump on the computer and ignore their phone. “While office voicemail is indeed becoming antiquated, some people do leave voice messages, and if you ignore them, you could miss something important,” Levit says.
Take advantage of your cleared head. “Many people feel that their brains function best in the morning, and that morning is when they are most creative and productive,” Kerr says.
Plan a mid-morning break. This is the time to assess where you and take time to revitalize yourself so that you can keep your momentum going.
With the help of career and workplace experts Lynn Taylor, David Shindler, Michael Kerr, Anita Attridge, Alexandra Levit and Michael “Dr. Woody” Woodward, Forbes.com compiled a list of things all workers should do when they get to work each morning.
To read more about the best ways to start your work day, go to Forbes.com.
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