Home room for grown-ups. Turns out to be a good thing!
What do you do when you get to work?
Remember homeroom? Turns out that a "grown-up" version to start your day is actually a good idea!
It is reported that successful individuals from all different fields have surprisingly similar routines for the first hour of their workdays. They find that this crucial time sets the stage for the rest of their day. Here are some tips from the experts that have potential to make a difference in your productivity level, the quality of your work, and how you approach your work day.
- Try to complete one dreaded task that you have been avoiding when you first get to work. Not only will reduced distractions at this time of day help you focus better on the task at hand, the relief you experience when you are finished will leave you feeling successful and accomplished - a great way to face the day.
- Devote ten minutes to pondering all of the things you are grateful for in your life. A positive attitude will work wonders for your relationships, your work ethic, and your overall satisfaction with your work and life.
- Use this positive attitude to better relationships with your co-workers and others. One successful CEO in banking spends his first 30 minutes stopping in to simply say "Good morning" to all of his support staff. And, don't forget your clients. Use part of your morning to reach out to clients. It's a good thing to remind them how much they are valued by your business.
- And, most experts agree that one task never belongs in your early morning routine - checking your email. Try to wait at least one hour before you check your email when you get to work, as this is the most common way for people to lose focus, get side-tracked, and often become aggravated before the day begins. This is, of course, much easier said than done, but there are strategies to help you avoid opening your inbox as soon as you get to work.
When you take stock, do you feel that your morning routine is working for you? Click here to learn more from Kevin Purdy in his Work Smart report in Fast Company, "What Successful People Do With The First Hour of Their Work Day."
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