How to take charge of the first hour of your working day

How you spend the first hour of a day (a working day) reflects on how the rest of the day goes. To have a successful and productive day at work we’ve come up with some ideas on how to manage the first hour of the day. Having a routine makes for a better and efficient use of time. When you wake to a routine, you find that your routine becomes less and less time consuming since you already know what to do.

Why it is expedient to manage or plan the first hour of your day is to avoid wasting time on the wrong things and also to avoid starting the day on a wrong note. Below is a list of ideas on how to spend the first hour of a working day.

  • Pray or meditate

Communicating with your God is a great way to start your day. It also keeps people in a relaxed and confident mood. Meditation is great for warding off stress and apprehension.

  • Set some goals; make plans

Take a minute to plan your day. Set goals for yourself. This gives you a sense of purpose and keeps you on your toes for the rest of the day.

  • Exercise

A good work out gets you up and running. It also keeps you healthy and fit. Take at least fifteen to twenty minutes for a quick work out session. Exercise also keeps you relaxed and makes your brain function better.

  • Eat breakfast

A lot of workers skip breakfast before going to work. Starving is unhealthy. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should not be skipped. Take a cup of green tea and eat a light breakfast (something high in protein or fiber will keep you full for longer) before work. Remember to drink enough water and carry a snack with you (preferably a fruit).

  • Avoid social media

When you wake up you are tempted to go through your social media pages and your mails; probably to read the news or to see if someone sent you something. It is better to avoid this until later in the day when you’ve at least met with some goals. The thing with social media is that it easily sucks you in and you don’t want that in the morning on a working day.

Try to start your working days like this and you will notice changes in productivity and overall output through the day.

Source: Jobs for Naija

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