Be honest: The morning is probably your least favorite part of the day. But it doesn’t have to be so bad! Here’s how to start your work day off right. Taking these small steps first thing in the morning can make your day and your outlook a lot better. Here’s how to start your work day off right!
It’ll keep you from being grumpy, and the more energy you have the more focused, productive and happier you (and your boss) will be.
Get to work on time.
Sounds basic, but if you work in a high-traffic area or if you’re a chronic snoozer, this can be tougher than it sounds. One way to beat it? Set your alarm for 10 to 15 minutes earlier than you think you need to be up. Worst case scenario? Okay, if you were on a bender the night before, you may fall asleep at the wheel. But more likely? You’ll get to work early, won’t be frazzled and will be able to approach your tasks with a clear head and a lot less stress.
Don’t check your email yet …
If it’s not urgent, don’t open it! It’s a major timesuck. Get only the most important messages out of the way, then save the rest for the end of the day.
… But be sure to check your office voicemail, make important calls and send important emails.
That way if you don’t get through to someone right away, they have the rest of the day to get back to you and for you to follow up without getting stressed at the end of the day.
Tackle the tough stuff now.
For most of us, our brains work best in the morning–there’s no post-lunch coma, no post-meeting anxiety and not much clock-watching excitement to clutter our mental space. Use that timing to do your toughest work so you feel accomplished and not stressed later.
Have a team huddle with your coworkers.
Before you guys sit down for the day, give one another a quick rundown of your itineraries. It’ll also make sure no one steps on each other’s toes or does unnecessary work.
Say “Good morning!”
Experts say that one crankypants in the office in the morning can ruin everyone’s vibe for the whole day. If you’re not a morning person, suck it up, chug a 5-Hour Energy if need be and smile at your colleagues. Because pants are a hassle, and crankypants are even worse.