Ring-Ring! Yep, that’s the good ole sound of your alarm clock again. No matter how much work you have to do for the day, you just want to hit the snooze button. We get it! Sometimes you feel that your days are getting more and more hectic and there’s no room to breathe! Here at Empire Executive Offices, we’re always ready to take on our to-do list and be at the top of our game everyday. Question is, how do we stay as motivated, dedicated, and productive through all the chaos? Let’s ask our lovely Empire family, and maybe what works for them, may work for you!
Q: How do you prepare yourself in the mornings for a stress-free & productive day?
1. Exercise and Coffee
I’m sure you’ve heard that exercise in the morning can help you get your gears going. But how true is this? Well, Empire’s very own, Mr. Thomas Fallarino, vouches for exercise. As Thomas said, “I do push ups in the morning to jump start my brain, and a nice cup coffee once I arrive at the office!” It’s true, exercise produces endorphins in your body.
Endorphins are chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers, therefore, they will help your body ignore most of the stress-causing factors in your life! By exercising in the mornings, you increase your levels of feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters that improve energy levels, self-esteem and mood. Much like endorphins, your body contains a hormone called Cortisol. Cortisol is released in response to stress and low blood-glucose concentration. That’s why, like Mr. Fallarino, a cup of coffee is an excellent choice to get this hormone back up and running! It’s suggested to drink coffee between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning, when your Cortisol levels are dropping significantly.
2. Well Balanced Breakfast & Establishing Goals For The Day
It’s no secret that a well-balanced breakfast is good for you. We’ve all grown up hearing this from our parents and relatives, even Ms. Jennafer Belabin, Empire’s Regional Manager said, “A well balanced breakfast always gets me up and running for the day, definitely. And while I’m eating my good breakfast, I’m also thinking about my goals for the day! That way I can focus more on priorities and work confidently!”
Jennafer couldn’t have said it better. If you start the day without a solid meal, you’ll notice that it’ll have slight, but profound effects on your memory, mood and your energy. Consistently, skipping breakfast for just a cup of water or coffee will start creating a short-term effect on your overall mood. A not-so-good mood can create unnecessary stress, and most definitely make you less productive at work.
Speaking of work, making a “goals for the day” list, whether it be a mental list or on paper, can really help you awaken your creativity, as you will start seeing what goals keep arising and what goals are done and dealt with. With just a simple goals list, you will start noticing various opportunities you couldn’t before, as you did not have a clear vision of all of your goals for the day. Try this out by setting 10 top goals and trying your best to complete those first throughout your day!
“I just blast music on my way to work and sing my heart out during my morning commute! This helps me relax and get my head in the game”, said Adriana, one of Empire’s receptionist and customer service experts in Fort Lauderdale! Adriana is definitely right! Listening to music during your commute can influence your mood, stress level, and performance. According to the Journal Of Applied Social Psychology, listening to music limits driver stress.
Most times, our biggest cause of stress is the morning commute, and let’s not mention any closed lanes or accidents up ahead. Music can not only serve as a distraction during your morning commute, but it also boosts your productivity by reducing stress. Try listening to a bit more music if you find yourself stressed. Usually, people tend not to listen to music actively when they are stressed. Lastly, don’t forget to sing and have a little karaoke session with yourself, like Adriana. Singing (or shouting) helps release tension, which means a less stressed and tense day for you is awaiting!
4. The “20 + 20 + 20 Formula“
The 20 + 20 + 20 Formula is an interesting way to jump start your productivity. Empire’s Fort Lauderdale receptionist, Odaira, lives by this formula and says, “This formula has allowed to keep my mind, body, and soul leveled. After doing the necessary steps in the formula, I’m ready to tackle any challenges or obstacles life wants to throw at me. It’s a nice way to get up and set the tone for the day!”
For those of you who don’t know, the 20 + 20 + 20 formula is Robin Sharma’s morning routine. Robin Sharma is a famed motivational speaker that describes the rule as putting your brain in gear, giving you more focus and stamina, and helping you be relaxed and motivated all day. The first 20 minutes of your day should be spent exercising, the second 20 minutes to review your goals and daily plan, and the last 20 minutes to read something inspiring or listen to audio-books to outperform who you were yesterday. Odaira vouches for it, as she says it’s helped her immensely to execute her daily and long term goals.
“It’s all about learning to run your day and not let your day run you.” – Robin Sharma
We hope anything mentioned above works for you! If you try something of your own, let us know anyway, we’d love to hear new ideas and try them out ourselves! Always remember, “stress doesn’t come from what’s going on in your life. It comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life.” – Andrew J. Bernstein