The start of your work day can really set the the tone on how productive you’ll continue to be from there on. In fact the first 20 minutes at your work space in the morning are perhaps the most crucial in terms of deciding how your day will pan out.
Here are some tips to make sure you get off on the right foot- provided you’ve already got yourself a cup of coffee!
1. Tidy and Organise Your Workspace
Take 5 minutes in the morning to arrange your desk neatly. Throw away any rubbish or scraps of paper from the night before and ensure you’re in a space of utter zen to tackle the day. Set up your playlist for the day and perhaps consider lighting a candle to set the mood.
2. Write a To Do List
Tackling your tasks can seem overwhelming first thing in the morning. The best thing to do is prioritise and write them down in order of urgency. Once your workspace is sorted, sit down for 10 minutes and really nut out your jobs for the day. Always start with your non-negotiable’s – i.e. meetings and events, then from there list your main three priorities that need to be done and tick them off as you achieve them. Don’t worry if you don’t complete them all that day- just add them onto tomorrow’s list.
3. Chat To Your Coworkers
Take 5 minutes to say good morning to your coworkers and check that they are all ok. Catch up on news and local events and perhaps exchange any ideas or collaborations you’d like to work on. It’s important to maintain a good relationship – catching up for a quick chat shows kindness, respect and gratitude for your team and is a great way to start the day.
4. Respond To Your Emails
Sit down and go through your emails. Respond to any urgent ones, reply and action anything that needs ASAP attention and schedule some time on your to-do list to come back to the others. No matter how busy you are always respond to emails – even if it’s a brief message saying you will get back to them later.
Did you find these tips helpful? Do you have anything else you do to help start your work day productively?