Early Monday morning walk into the office coffee in hand drop my bag on my desk. Now what happens next can go 2 ways and will either make or break my day.
1. I am met with a million questions about work before I even get a chance to take a sip of my coffee. Usually answers to these panicked questions will not save a life hanging in the balance. But I turn my computer on and immediately find the answers to said questions. Opening spreadsheets, searching for emails with each click and getting more and more frustrated, and annoyed. 30 minutes later when the so called “crisis” has been dealt with I continue my working day reading and dealing with all the emails that have seem to breed overnight. I delete the subscriptions I have signed up to as everyone around me has already seen that I have started work, and I don’t particularly feel like looking at them now any way. My breakfast that I make at work has also missed the boat, so its a breakfast of coffee that I sip absentmindedly not really enjoying it.
2. I am met with… silence perhaps a Hi. While I wait for my computer to boot up I enjoy my coffee and go to the kitchen to make my breakfast. I return to my desk still meet with silence from my co workers. I skim my email subject lines just to ensure there is nothing urgent. Then for the next 30 minutes I read my subscription emails ie. byrdie and goop and other industry news ensuring I am kept up to date and in the loop. With breakfast finished I go back to the work emails and start reading all of them before replying to any of them. Ok I am now ready to talk.
Obviously option 2 is the way I like to start my day – mornings are hard enough but mornings at work are a thousand times worse so just let me settle in with my routine – I promise the rest of my day is super productive if I just have some morning me time.
Do you have a routine that makes you feel better and eases you into the day – or will you start one in the 2015?
*Note – The mouse pad is made by yours truly thanks to the beautiful illustrations of Garance Dore just print, bulldog clip and go!