How to Spend Your First and Last Moments at Work

Updated on January 31, 2020
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The way that you start and end your work day can affect your productivity and your overall performance at the office. Both entrepreneurs and busy professionals can benefit from establishing an intentional schedule for their morning and end of work routines. Being mindful of your work habits can help you assess how you are spending your time and allow you to identify opportunities for improvement. Working smarter, not harder means making simple shifts to your day that can have a big impact on how you feel and the work that you produce.

Adding key changes to the first and last moments of your work day can encourage you to get more done and facilitate better work life balance. Spending time first thing in the morning thinking about what you want to accomplish can motivate you to stay focused throughout the day. By intentionally logging out of your work email at the end of the day, you allow yourself to enter your evening focused on the outside of work passions and people that matter most to you. You’ll also start your next day feeling much more refreshed.

Instead of focusing on not having enough time in the day to get everything you need done, try shifting your mindset. Making a few simple tweaks to your day can help you build habits that will allow you to be the best professional you can be.

Check out the infographic below for more tips on how to start and end your work day:

Sources: Harvard Business Review | Fast Company | Time | Entrepreneur | PositiveMed | STL Microsoft Training | Think Productive | Commercial Office Cleaning

Vice President and Founding Editor at Fundera

Meredith Wood

Meredith Wood is the founding editor of the Fundera Ledger and a vice president at Fundera. She launched the Fundera Ledger in 2014 and has specialized in financial advice for small business owners for almost a decade. Meredith is frequently sought out for her expertise in small business lending. She is a monthly columnist for AllBusiness, and her advice has appeared in the SBA, SCORE, Yahoo, Amex OPEN Forum, Fox Business, American Banker, Small Business Trends, MyCorporation, Small Biz Daily, StartupNation, and more. Email: meredith@fundera.com.
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