What’s the first thing you do when you sit down at your desk in the morning, and before you leave for the day? The first and last minutes of your work day are the most important to set the tone for your productivity and performance at the office.
Making small, simple changes to your morning routine can help you identify opportunities to improve and recognize what needs attention most. Use the morning to take a moment, get centered and prioritize your tasks for the day. Put your inbox and requests from others on hold, even if it’s just for a few minutes. This will influence how you feel, interact with others and the work that you produce throughout your day.
Just as important as the first minutes of your work day, are the last 15 minutes, to intentionally set yourself up for success the next morning. Check in with yourself and log out of your devices. Shift the end of your day to help you keep work at work, allow quality time with the people you love and better your work-life balance. As a busy professional or entrepreneur, creating mindful and positive habits benefit not only your productivity, but your overall attitude toward the work you’re doing.
Instead of getting overwhelmed and concentrating on the pile of tasks you need to get done, shift your mindset. Break down the beginning and end of your work day into simple, digestible tasks. Making small tweaks to your routine can help you build good habits that will enable you to be the best professional you can be.
Check out the infographic from Fundera below for 10 ways to start and end your work day.