Structuring Your Workday Morning
Everyone moves at a different pace in the morning. You’ve seen those “morning people” out there. They’re always ready to go tackle the day, firing on all cylinders at the crack of dawn. Then there are the zombies. These people can’t function until they’ve chugged 3 or 4 cups of coffee. You’ve seen them on the freeway, trudging along at 10 MPH under the speed limit and cutting into your lane without warning. Weather or not we admit it, most of us are more like the zombie than the “morning person”. For many of us, a little more structure is all we need to make the morning less hectic, less stressful, and less miserable. Making just a few adjustments to your morning routine can lead to a more productive and enjoyable workday. Here are some things you can do:
1) Get a good night’s sleep – Ok, this usually isn’t within your control. You can’t always account for an illness, a crying baby, a phone call, outside noises, stress, or other middle-of-the-night interruptions. But, there are some things you can control. First, buy a new mattress every 6-8 years. It’s an investment you’ll be happy you made. Also, give yourself a strict bedtime, even if you’re not tired. Lie down, keep your eyes closed, and take long and deep breaths. You’ll be out in no time. Also, we at RSI are not qualified to give medical advice, but Nyquil usually helps.
2) Plan time for breakfast and exercise – It’s important to understand exactly how long each morning activity takes. Plan about 15 minutes for exercise, even if that just involves taking the dog for a quick walk. Bodily movement will help kick-start your mind. Make sure you know exactly how long it takes to shower and eat breakfast. Remember, every minute right now is important; it’s a minute you could have been sleeping. To save some more time, plan your wardrobe the night before.
3) Find a way to enjoy the commute – The morning commute can be one of the worst parts of your day. It seems like every other driver is either asleep or really late. Half the time they’re either in your way or cutting you off. Don’t let other drivers ruin your day. They’re not worth your energy. Use this time to get your brain ready. Listen to up-tempo music and don’t let yourself get stressed out about all the projects awaiting you at work. If possible, leave home earlier to avoid sitting in traffic.