What you do in the morning sets a foundation for the rest of your day. That means that starting your day on the wrong foot can spell doom for the next eight hours, putting you in the wrong mind-set and affecting multiple aspects of your life. One of these aspects is your professional ability. Too many grumpy team members can torpedo workplace culture, leading to an unenjoyable environment that stymies productivity.
Successful people, whether they be top-ranking officials or lower-tier team members, know how important a strong start is. Luckily for you, we’ve collected some of the most common habits of such people. Here are some things to do in the morning, both before you set off for the office and once you get there, that can get you going in the right direction.
- Get up early
Giving yourself a bit of extra time in the morning lets you ease into the day. Managing workplace stress is key for the optimal running of an office, and doing so is a team effort. Getting up early gives you a chance to take care of odds and ends, such as laundry, dishes from the night before, non-professional emails and other personal matters, so they don’t hang over your head during the day. This keeps your slate clean for work-related matters and ensures you contribute positively to the workplace.
- Eat breakfast
There are all sorts of fantastic health benefits of eating breakfast each day, but we’ll try to stick to the ones that affect your professional life. Your health can have a direct impact on your ability to function at a high level. Eating breakfast provides you with the energy you need to hit the ground running when you punch the clock (literally or figuratively, of course). Make sure you’re getting some fuel inside you outside of your morning coffee or tea.
- Fit in some fitness
You don’t have to be one of those people who heads to the gym at 5 AM every day in order to get be fit. But, just like making breakfast a part of the daily routine, getting the blood pumping is something successful people find time for. This can take a variety of forms, including working in some push ups and sit ups at home before heading in or walking or biking to the office instead of driving. You can even just do some light stretching around your desk if that suits best.
- Grab some face time
On your way to your desk, try to say hello to your workmates before getting down to business. The most successful people know the importance of strong relationships within an organisation. Saying hello or doling out some high-fives can inject positivity and energy into your team, which can only benefit productivity. This is especially important if you hold a leadership position.
- Plan out your day
We know your to-do list can balloon out of control. But it’s important to keep your head on straight. One of the best habits of successful people is taking a few minutes at the start of the day to visualise how that day is going to go. Think about the things you want to tackle, prioritising the most pressing matters. This will give you a sense of control over what’s to come, which can in turn give you some confidence.
- Get organised
Similar to planning out your day, you also want to set yourself up for success physically. Get your desk situated how you like it. If you’re not going to be using a certain folder or notebook for the day, set it aside so it doesn’t add unnecessary clutter to your day. Get your cup of tea or coffee before you get started so you don’t have to interrupt your work flow later on. Successful people take a few minutes to get organised so they don’t waste too many minutes fiddling throughout the day.
- Look ahead at the end
OK, so this one isn’t something that you do in the morning. But it is something that successful people do that can make your mornings run smoother. At the end of each day, jot down three things that you want to accomplish the following day. This will give you a launch pad from which to shoot when you next arrive.
The habits of successful people can vary, but in general they involve taking care of yourself, getting organised and contributing to a positive workplace environment. Incorporate some of the above tips into your daily routine and enjoy smoother starts to your work days.