We all have those days. An unusually long commute, an unpleasant email in your inbox, or even a coffee spill on your keyboard can set you up for a tough morning. And a tough morning can easily lead to an unproductive day.
But it doesn’t have to be this way! Here are a few simple steps you can take to turn the day around, lift your mood and get back on track:
- Take a break – if your day is off to a bad start due to a negative situation, jumping right back into work isn’t always the best solution. Stepping away can help you gather your thoughts and refocus in an optimistic way. Read an uplifting article from your favorite website, listen to an upbeat song or podcast, or just take a few deep breathes and set an intention for the rest of the day.
- Remove distractions – if you spent your morning in meetings and feel like you’ve lost a lot of time, don’t panic! If there’s a task or project that requires your full attention, block off time on your calendar, set your away status to “busy” if your company uses an internal messaging system and put your headphones on. You can even change your settings on email, social media and other apps to make sure you don’t receive notifications that could grab your attention.
- Boost your focus naturally – there are many reasons your brain may not be functioning like it normally does. Perhaps you didn’t catch enough sleep or you skipped breakfast. Check in with your body: do you need a glass of water (dehydration can have serious effects on the brain), or a snack? Caffeine can also help you focus – just be sure to have that glass of water too.
- Change your routine – what does your morning routine look like? Are you rushing around trying to get to work, or do you have time to gather your thoughts and set yourself up for a productive day? Some days may be different from others, but you may notice that you get more work done when you enjoy your morning routine.
- Change your environment – similar to your routine, your environment can also have an impact on your productivity. If you find yourself struggling to focus, try switching up your workspace if it’s possible. And if you can’t change location, consider decluttering your desk, writing out a mantra to frame by your computer to help you stay focused, or anything that will make the space more enjoyable for you.
Distracted days happen, and sometimes there’s nothing we can do to prevent them. Instead of letting an unproductive morning ruin your whole day, pinpoint the issues and try one of these solutions to get back on track with renewed focus. And if you’re interested in learning more about how to increase overall productivity for your organization or team, contact us today.