How to Manage Your First Hour at Work

The first hour of work is considered to be the most important one. Why? Because it determines the direction for the rest of your day. It is the time of the day where your brain is at its freshest - therefore allowing you to think clearly and positively (unless you chose to be a negative person).

This hour starts from the moment you enter the office, not from the moment you wake up since those are 2 completely different brain-times (i.e. the alertness of your mind). Once you arrive in your office, you should make sure that you manage to do these 8 tasks before you enter the second hour of the day!

1. Check your Emails

Have a browse through your emails to identify anything that needs immediate attention. It is not necessary that you reply to all your emails during this time, however it gives you the opportunity to review all pending tasks and get up to speed with urgent matters.

2. Have a Snack

A quick snack in the morning, such as an apple or an energy bar, can help boost your brain and give you a quick break before you start important tasks. Keep your mind refreshed by snacking on almonds or raisins throughout the day

3. Make a Priority List

‘To-Do Lists’ prove to be a highly efficient way to organize one’s day - so take the time and make yours. Put urgent issues at the top and list the ‘not so important’ tasks at the bottom. Tick off your list as the day progresses and you’ll feel a sense of achievement by the end of the day.

4. Read the News Headlines for 5 Minutes

Now that your entire day is planned, it is time for a breather. Reading the news headlines for 5 minutes not only exercises your brain but it keeps you up to date with the happenings around the globe. Don’t be ignorant; a well-rounded person is one who is aware of their surroundings.

5. Drink a Whole Glass of Water

Many people forget to drink water during the course of their work day - don’t fall into that habit. Make it a point to drink a glass of water every hour at work as you are continuously dehydrating yourself.

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