5 Habits to Start Your Workday on the Right Foot

June 8, 2016

8:00 am

The first ten minutes of your workday can be the most important. After all, they can set the tone for the rest of your workday. But for some, figuring out how to maximize your workday productivity can be daunting.

Here are five habits that you can start implementing today to get your workday on the right foot.

Be Present

The top tip that can make a difference is allowing yourself to be present. This can be the most difficult tip to figure out, but remaining present can boost your productivity. Before your workday begins, take a few minutes to center yourself, and watch what a difference it makes as you execute your day.

The Power of the To-Do List

To-do lists are an important part of goal-setting and remaining on task for the rest of the day. While you’re centering yourself and organizing your workspace, it may also be a good time to go over what tasks you need to accomplish that day. Make a list of urgent and important tasks complete that day and week – that will make it easier to know how to tackle and plan your day.

Vizualize Success

Success can be a complex thing – not everyone sees it as just a goal to reach at a certain point in your career. What does success look like to you? Dedicating time to understanding that and visualizing your goals can help make success that much more real for you… and push you in the right direction to accomplish it.

Brace for the Distractions

Whether you work from home or in a busy office, distractions are bound to happen. Instead of imagining that they aren’t there and letting them take you off guard, taking time to prepare for their arrival can make a vast difference in productivity.

Just Say “No”

During the course of your workday, interactions with others could still be cause for distractions. If you find yourself in a situation when you’re faced with persistent distractions, it may be effective to embrace saying “no” to stick with completing your accomplished tasks.

These tips may be straightforward, but they can make the biggest impact when it comes to your workday productivity.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to cameron@tech.co or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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