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5 Tips For Improved Productivity Before Your Day Starts

At the end of the day, productivity is our common goal when we shut down our computers to head home – that is it.  All the meetings, calls, task lists, and goals we set are all so we can feel and be productive by the end of the work day.

So we get to work – check emails, get a task list going, attend meetings, and do what needs to be done to see results. 

How about before we get to work? Going to work prepared for the day would be like getting that canvas ready to create your masterpiece.  So what can we do to lay the groundwork for a productive day? These take no time at all and consistency can help you with your tackle.

Relax

Getting to work with a clean mental slate is the best thing you can do to start your day off right. We are awake approximately 15-17 hours a day and then typically spend 8-10 hours at work. Outside of work we have about 5-7 hours to focus on ourselves. The time in the morning before you get to work is yours. 

Relax into a routine that does not involve work just yet. Read a paper, catch a sitcom…whatever makes you feel good. It is generally documented that people are most productive in the mornings – so get to work relaxed and ready to take full advantage of your morning. So relax – whether you get to work stressed or relaxed, what is expected from you at work stays the same. So why not choose the latter?

Eat a Good Breakfast

Fuel your body to take on the day with a healthy breakfast. A growling stomach is a big distraction and is likely to interrupt your morning. Grabbing a cup of coffee or tea is likely not going to cut it. Fuel up on good proteins to stay healthy. Use that time to connect with your spouse or family to boost your mood before work.

Exercise To Feed Your Brain 

Our brain uses about 20% of the blood generated with every heartbeat. This blood sends glucose to the brain for energy. We need an energized brain to be productive at work. So why not increase your heart rate and get that blood pumping to your brain before you get to work? 

Try a short 5 or 10-minute session before work if your time is limited to help you get used to the routine. If that doesn’t work try one or two of these:

  • Park a little further than you normally would and walk to the office. 
  • Take the steps up to your office if you have any.
  • Circle the building a few times before going in.
  • Use the bathroom on another floor when you need to.

Think Positive 

Start your morning on a positive note. This does not mean you don’t have any negative things going on but rather, that you choose to focus more on the positive things –  no matter how little they are. Focusing on the positive magnifies the “I can take on the world” feeling. That is what you need to start your day.

Load Up Your Mornings 

You are wide awake, more alert, and ready to take it on! Load up your mornings with the least desirable tasks on your list. That way it is out of the way and you don’t have to give it another thought when things start to pick up with office interaction, phone calls, and meetings. Tackle your easier tasks towards the end of the day when you are trying to wind down.

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5 Tips For Improved Productivity Before Your Day Starts

At the end of the day, productivity is our common goal when we shut down our computers to head home – that is it.  All the meetings, calls, task lists, and goals we set are all so we can feel and be productive by the end of the work day.

So we get to work – check emails, get a task list going, attend meetings, and do what needs to be done to see results. 

How about before we get to work? Going to work prepared for the day would be like getting that canvas ready to create your masterpiece.  So what can we do to lay the groundwork for a productive day? These take no time at all and consistency can help you with your tackle.

Relax

Getting to work with a clean mental slate is the best thing you can do to start your day off right. We are awake approximately 15-17 hours a day and then typically spend 8-10 hours at work. Outside of work we have about 5-7 hours to focus on ourselves. The time in the morning before you get to work is yours. 

Relax into a routine that does not involve work just yet. Read a paper, catch a sitcom…whatever makes you feel good. It is generally documented that people are most productive in the mornings – so get to work relaxed and ready to take full advantage of your morning. So relax – whether you get to work stressed or relaxed, what is expected from you at work stays the same. So why not choose the latter?

Eat a Good Breakfast

Fuel your body to take on the day with a healthy breakfast. A growling stomach is a big distraction and is likely to interrupt your morning. Grabbing a cup of coffee or tea is likely not going to cut it. Fuel up on good proteins to stay healthy. Use that time to connect with your spouse or family to boost your mood before work.

Exercise To Feed Your Brain 

Our brain uses about 20% of the blood generated with every heartbeat. This blood sends glucose to the brain for energy. We need an energized brain to be productive at work. So why not increase your heart rate and get that blood pumping to your brain before you get to work? 

Try a short 5 or 10-minute session before work if your time is limited to help you get used to the routine. If that doesn’t work try one or two of these:

  • Park a little further than you normally would and walk to the office. 
  • Take the steps up to your office if you have any.
  • Circle the building a few times before going in.
  • Use the bathroom on another floor when you need to.

Think Positive 

Start your morning on a positive note. This does not mean you don’t have any negative things going on but rather, that you choose to focus more on the positive things –  no matter how little they are. Focusing on the positive magnifies the “I can take on the world” feeling. That is what you need to start your day.

Load Up Your Mornings 

You are wide awake, more alert, and ready to take it on! Load up your mornings with the least desirable tasks on your list. That way it is out of the way and you don’t have to give it another thought when things start to pick up with office interaction, phone calls, and meetings. Tackle your easier tasks towards the end of the day when you are trying to wind down.

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