That first hour can set up your entire day
Despite what your morning routine looks like, how we start our workday is just as important as what we accomplish throughout it. While it’s easy to become overwhelmed when you get to the office, here’s how to spend your first hour at work to have more control over your mind — and your workload.
- Greet your co-workers
Stop to chat with a co-worker about her newborn baby, follow up on your manager’s new hobby of hiking, and overall put in the effort to remember the details.
- Check and update your to do list
Making a to-do list is good practice but remembering to double-check your tasks before starting on any of them is the best process. When you know that you’re working on essential tasks, you’ll feel better prepared to make the most of your time and save yourself stress.
- Tidy your work area
Work can get chaotic — but your desk doesn’t have to be. Sure, having a clean work area might not be the answer to getting your job done, but it can be a factor for why you might be struggling to accomplish all your tasks.
- Prioritize your tasks (with your most dreaded one first)
Like taking charge of your to-do list, remember to organize your tasks by priority and try to do the one you’re least looking forward to first. tackle your harder tasks at the beginning of the day so that you can give yourself a chance to relax towards the end of it.
- Skim your inbox and only answer high-priority emails
Although this sounds counterproductive, the act of only replying to time-sensitive emails during your first hour of work is another efficient way for you to filter out what you need for the rest of the day.
- Take some time to reflect on what’s important to you
Along with setting the mood for the morning, your ability to remind yourself of what matters to you will also re-ground you for the future.