Even if you are not a morning person, the first few hours of your day have the most potential to influence the rest of your work day. To set yourself up for success, it is important to establish a routine in the morning. If you can maintain a routine, it will eventually become habit and you will see a significant change in how productive you are. Below we have outlined four simple steps to follow and start incorporating into your daily routine for improved workday productivity:
4 tips for workday productivity
1. Start Every Day with a Clean Slate. When you get to work, treat each day as a fresh one. Leave the previous day behind you and begin each day looking ahead. As soon as you get into the office, take a moment to pause and think about the day ahead of you before just diving in without a plan.
2. Organize your day. Speaking of having a plan… Unfortunately too many people get caught up in the first hours of the day by rushing into emails and not looking at the bigger picture of the day. Try to start by making a to-do list and sticking to it. A good place to start is to break down when you are at your peak performance each day, and then plan your schedule and to-do list accordingly so you are using that peak time to complete your most important tasks.
3. Don’t let your inbox overwhelm you. As your inbox grows throughout the day, it is easy to get caught up and lose your direction. Don’t let yourself get sucked into the vortex of emails – start by doing a scan of your inbox to prioritize which ones need your attention first. Not all emails are top priority and you need to be able to quickly determine which can wait. Otherwise the less important emails will end up taking up your entire day and distract you from the work you really need to get done.
4. Plan to take a break. Make it a habit to take a mid-morning break. By taking a break, you are helping yourself focus and keep your momentum up from the morning when you first arrive. Even if it is just standing up and taking a quick walk around the office or getting another cup of coffee, by the time you return to your desk you will have a fresh perspective. This is a good time to review your to-do list again to gauge where you are and what you have left to do. You might find that you can map out your day differently to accommodate unexpected to-dos that come up and you won’t get sidetracked.
Getting focused at work can be tough at times, however forming good habits at the beginning of every day, such as the ones above, will really help. You will see yourself steadily becoming more productive and putting out better, quality work.