The first few hours of the workday can have a very significant impact on your productivity, affecting the remainder of your day and ultimately, the rest of the work week. While it’s natural to carry baggage from yesterday’s stress, beginning each day with a set morning routine helps support a clear mind and a fresh attitude – both at home and at the office.
Making time for introspection each morning and getting in the right head space is essential to managing your stress and responsibilities for the day ahead. Try to stay off your phone or laptop for the first 20-30 mins of your day. Yes – this is easier said than done – but, beginning your day device-free keeps your mind present and your brain focused.
It’s no secret that exercise is great for your physical and mental health. However, excessive exercise can exacerbate your stress levels and hormones, negatively impacting your energy levels throughout the day. Ensure you mix up your strength, cardio and flexibility workouts based on the levels of stress you know you will be exposed to on any given day. For example, if you are feeling particularly stressed, skip the HIIT session and instead opt-in for a low-intensity Yoga class to relax and de-stress.
For an alternate option to physical exertion, exercising your mind is always a great fall back; 10-15 minutes of meditation is often just as effective as a full body workout at the start of a stressful workday.
Lemon water cleanses and stimulates the liver and kidneys, boosting vitamin C and alkalizing the body. Too much acid in the body decreases the supply of oxygen, diminishing the cell’s ability to repair and collect nutrients. Habitually drinking warm water with lemon (before your morning coffee) will kick start these systems the right way, every day.
Carve out 15-30 minutes of dedicated email time to catch up on those “I’ll get to it later emails” in your inbox. If you set aside dedicated time every day to attend to a couple of those more difficult emails, you will begin each day feeling far less overwhelmed.
The first hour of the workday is the best time to evaluate your priorities and work out what to focus on for the day ahead. Starting the day by splitting your to-do list with a list of ‘what you absolutely need to accomplish today’ vs. ‘what you can accomplish tomorrow’, mentally breaks down the stress and overwhelm of your to-do list. We tend to get distracted first thing in the morning with reactive emails and requests, when there’s likely more pressing tasks to address. Make your to-do list and stick to it!
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