The first few minutes of the work day can either make or break your productivity for the rest of the shift. Motto, a website by TIME Inc., compiled 18 tips on how employees can start their work day right.
"Getting off on the right foot isn't just important with relationships," Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "You Can't Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work," said. "It's important with the start of any workday, as well - particularly busy ones."
Kerr added that the first 10 minutes of the day is important in setting the tone as well as your attitude for the day ahead. He noted that it's important to start "with a clean slate."
Lynn Taylor, a workplace expert, believes that a person's first minutes at the office are the "most stressful" since there is a certain level of anxiety involved in what one might face. "It takes greater self-awareness, a positive mindset, and self-training each morning to counter what feels like negative gravity pulling you down as you face overwhelming demands," she said.
Taking the time to pause and reflect will help an employee manage the day ahead well. Being able to center yourself as well as being fully present will help you take control instead of having circumstances govern you.
Organizing and being comfortable in your workspace will also help you get through a stressful work day. Adjusting your chair to just the right angle and ensuring that frequently used items are within comfortable reach may seem trivial but will definitely make things easier for your as the day goes.
Moreover, Taylor added that stretching and getting your circulation pumping before sitting down can give employees a "feeling of greater control." Setting one's to-do list and prioritizing tasks can also help you become more productive.
According to Business Insider, exercising is also a "top morning activity of the rich and powerful." "These are incredibly busy people," Laura Vanderkam, a time-management expert, said. "If they make time to exercise, it must be important."