I’ve had the good fortune of working under some serious bosses throughout my post-graduate career. Watching these people work was one of the best things I could have ever done for my own, personal career growth. A solid routine is the foundation of success – and they already had it all figured out. I’ve implemented their morning routines every day for years now – and you can too!
Here’s 5 Ways You Can Begin Your Work Day Like The Boss You Are
1. Set Yourself Up
Don’t waste any time. Make yourself comfortable. Hang up your coat. Switch from flats to heels. Grab your first coffee / tea of the day, and set up your space just the way you like it. People work best when they are comfortable, so spend your first five minutes at work making sure that you’re ready to sit behind your desk without interruption and make things happen for the next few hours.
2. Catch Up With Family, Friends, and Colleagues
Send off your texts, confirm your lunch/dinner plans, and spend a few minutes chatting with your colleagues before starting your work day. You’ll be able to focus better without continuous interruptions, and you’ll produce better work with a mind free and clear of extraneous chatting and plan-setting. Plus, it’s always nice knowing you have something set in stone to look forward to after all of your hard work 👊🏻.
3. Make A Daily Priorities List
Let’s face it. We all need to accomplish a lot in one work day. Being pulled in multiple directions can leave your head spinning and your projects suffering as you try and switch gears too quickly and too often. Make yourself a list of priorities for the day every morning, and attack your tasks in that order. Move the list around if things change throughout the course of your day if you need to, but at least you’ll have a strategy.
4. Time Block
Now that you have a list of priorities, time block your day. Include the list of tasks, and give yourself an appropriate time to complete each one. Not too long where you’ll have time to procrastinate, but enough time where you can work fluidly without rushing. Make sure you time block breaks and lunch as well!
5. See Something That Inspires You
It could be a photo from a past vacation. Family and friends. Something you’re working towards. An inspirational quote. Make sure you start each day with a reminder of whatever lights your inner fire. Work can be fulfilling in and of itself, but having a deeper meaning, a deeper goal, besides just succeeding professionally tends to heighten one’s sense of drive.
What are the first things you do in work every morning to set yourself up for a great day? Comment below!