- Get to work early. Even if you don’t want to go to the office early, check your email before you leave for work. Or use a recorder to note your to-dos or ideas during your commute.
- Take a 10-minute breather. Hurried mornings and terrible commutes start your day off badly. When you arrive at your desk, breathe deeply to prepare yourself mentally.
- Organize. Quickly clean your desk, update your to-do list and check your meeting schedule. Taking just a few minutes to clear distractions and to establish a plan can prepare you to tackle the day.
- Connect with your team. Walk around the office and interact with staffers. Say “Good morning!” make direct eye contact and ask if they need help with anything. That way you take the pulse of the team and troubleshoot problems that are brewing.
- Handle urgent communications first. Make priority calls and send urgent emails first thing to increase the odds that you receive responses by the end of the day.
— Adapted from “14 Things You Should Do at the Start of Every Work Day,” Forbes, http://www.forbes.com.
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