When you want to create a better day for yourself, you need to start out where you begin. This means having a morning routine at work as well as at home.
Think about this for a moment. A morning routine at home will set you up for success by getting you out of bed and ready to transition into wakefulness.
Likewise, a morning routine at work can get you settled into a mindset of getting work done and ready to face the work world. Think of it as a series of steps designed to transition you into productivity.
How can you do this?
Start with How You Get There
Don't arrive stressed out at the very last second. To set yourself up for success, it's important to arrive with time to spare after a relaxing commute. Strategize to make this happen by allowing enough time to get where you need to go. Also, consider your route. Heavy traffic or construction is always more stressful in the long run, so you might want to adapt your route to a quieter one to reduce unwanted stress.
What do you have going on today? What work is expected from you by what time? Get a mental picture of the day by noting what needs to happen when.
What needs to happen so you can get your work done? Are you lacking supplies or resources? Are there things you might need to delegate? Taking a few minutes to track down these items will help the rest of your day run more smoothly.
What detractors are already pulling at you, trying to derail your day? If you're someone who checks your phone often or can get caught up socializing with coworkers, think about how you can limit these activities as part of your routine. For example, you might want to schedule email checks at certain times or limit socialization to break times.
Make a List
Jotting down the 3-to 4 big items you want to get done today will help give you a clearer view of what needs doing and set up your goals.
Before you buckle down to work, do you need coffee? A Bathroom break? Do these things now, so you don't have to break concentration later. Also, take a minute to stretch if you haven't yet.
Time to get going. Take the first item on your list and dive in, concentrating fully on what you’re doing.
Of course, adapt your routine to fit whatever you need to get started for the day. The key here is to be intentional in your actions, shift your mindset, and set yourself up for success. Do only what works for you.