Posted May 21, 2014 by

5 Ways to Enhance Your Morning Routine at Work

Do you have a morning routine once you start your day at the office?  If so, do you feel like you’re getting the most out of it?  Don’t worry, in this post you will learn five ways to enhance your routine at work, and more.

According to an Accountemps survey, 58% of chief financial officers (CFOs) said reading email is the first thing they do at the office. Working on a project was a distant second (13%), and 11% start their morning routine by creating a to-do list.

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Here are five tips for enhancing your morning routine.

  1. Pinpoint your top priorities. Take 15 minutes to identify your most critical and time-sensitive tasks. Creating a prioritized to-do list will help you start off on the right track —and can serve as a road map to stay focused and productive throughout the day. Devising a game plan on Monday mornings is particularly important to map out key tasks for the rest of your workweek.
  2. Don’t let email own you. Be disciplined and allot yourself a set amount of time to review your inbox in the morning, then move on. Also, don’t feel compelled to open and respond to every message the instant it arrives.
  3. Be mindful of digital distractions. Much like your email inbox, the Internet is full of potential diversions. Don’t get caught in this trap! Click with care and keep your eye on the clock. In most cases, you shouldn’t spend more than a few minutes of your morning routine scanning news headlines or checking social media.
  4. Focus on one thing at a time. Every professional needs to multitask to some degree. But continuously tackling several tasks simultaneously is mentally taxing and can lead to costly mistakes. When working on a project, particularly a high-profile one, give it your full attention.
  5. Declutter daily. Scrambling to find files due to poor organization wastes time and creates unnecessary stress. Save yourself the headache by investing a few minutes at the end of the day to tidy up your physical workspace and digital desktop. Doing so will enable you to get off to a swift start the following morning.
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