5 ways to start your work day off right

Monday 12 May, 2014

5 ways to start your work day off right

 

Whether you haven’t had enough sleep, or you’re just running late, a bad start to the morning can ruin the whole day. If you’re in the right headspace before you walk into the office, you’ll find it easier to tackle what Monday to Friday throws your way.

We know it’s easier said than done, but here are 5 key pieces of advice to help you start the work day off right, so you can be your most productive, positive and stress-free self.

1. Plan the night before

The last thing you want to think about when you get home from work on a Tuesday evening is Wednesday morning, but preparing the night before will cut your stress levels in half when you’re short on time and racing to the bus stop. Think about what you’re going to wear and even lay it out if you can.

Be sure to think ahead about what you have on that day - do you have a face to face meeting with a client? What do you need? Having a packed bag ready to go is essential - scrambling around in a panic for your wallet, keys or phone is no way to start the day.

2. Get moving

It definitely gets harder to do, the colder it gets - but it’s important to get your body moving in the morning, especially if your job involves a lot of deskwork. Depending on your schedule, fitting in a class or gym session before work not only increases your energy, but also helps manage your stress levels. Plus, knowing that you’ve earned the right (and time) to hit the couch once the day is over will make it a lot easier to get through the afternoon. If you can’t force yourself to get up when it’s still dark outside, at least try just getting up 10 minutes earlier. There are a bunch of great apps you can download on your smartphone or tablet that provide super quick but intense workouts, which are enough to get your blood pumping!

3. Don’t check your emails before you get to the office

We’re all guilty of this, but resist the temptation to check your emails as soon as you turn off the alarm. You need time to wake up properly and enjoy the morning, and replying to emails bleary eyed is likely to result in silly mistakes.  Some days you may have something that absolutely needs checking up on, but as a general rule, try and leave it for the office.

4. Sit down for breakfast

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but somehow it’s the first thing we sacrifice when we’re short on time. Whether it’s because you hit the snooze button one too many times this morning, or you’ve simply got more than just yourself to organise in the household, it can be tempting to skip a nutritious breaky and grab a sugar-stuffed muffin or a cup of coffee to tide you over until lunch. Not only is this an unhealthy routine to get into, it’s also expensive. On top of that, you’ll find yourself struggling to concentrate and your energy levels plummeting quickly. You don’t need to be cooking up a feast at 7am - preparing some oatmeal, or a couple of pieces of toast with avocado and tomato, takes about 5 minutes and will keep you going until lunch.

5. Check in with your co-workers

When you do actually get to the office, try not to shut yourself off immediately and dive right into your emails. Don’t hang around wasting time when people are trying to start their work, but make sure you take just a couple of minutes to say hello and check in with the people around you. It’s a much more pleasant way to start the day for everybody and will undoubtedly put you in a better mood for the morning!

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