Do your workouts in the morning

After a long, stressful day at work, going to the gym is usually the last thing we want to do! Successful, strategic women know better! Getting it done first thing in the morning means it’s out of the way, so you can go home and relax after a busy day. Morning exercise also helps you feel refreshed, recharged and ready to tackle anything that day throws at you!

They DON’T read emails first thing in the morning

We’re all guilty of this one!  Flicking through emails on your phone over breakfast, on the bus, while cycling at the gym. Think you’re getting on top of things early? Think again. Reading emails in the morning can be detrimental to the productivity of your day.

Emails are reactive, not pro-active. Meaning, your inbox is setting the scene of what you have to do that day. Also, replying to multiple emails about a range of different things can leave us feeling scattered and flustered. Instead, start the day with a project that takes focus to get your motivation and concentration on for the day.

They use their breaks wisely (yes, this also means taking all of them!)

Successful women know how to maximise their time most effectively and make the most of every moment. Same goes with their lunch breaks. Breaks during work are a great time to run personal errands so you don’t have to cut into your downtime after 5pm. Go pick up your prescription or drop off that dry cleaning you were going to do; getting up and out of the office also gives your body a pick-me-up for more energy throughout the day.

If you don’t have any errands to run, still make the most of your breaks. Eat lunch away from your desk, meditate, or go for a walk. For increased work productivity, at least 30 minute of your working day should be spent in a relaxed state, where you are not engaging in any type of work task so it can re-charge.

Set daily goals

Without a to-do-list, you’re walking into the day blind. To make sure you’re setting yourself up for a productive day, write down a list of 3 things you want to achieve that day. That way, you know exactly what you’re working towards and can refer to it if you think you’re going off task! We also recommend writing it down with pen and paper, it feels very satisfying ticking each thing off!