9 productivity mistakes you’re making in the first 10 minutes of your work day

Studies show that mornings count when it comes to being successful. But are you guilty of wasting some of the most crucial minutes of our day checking social media or grabbing a coffee?

No matter how tempting it might be to ease into the day at your own pace, productivity experts say that those first 10 minutes are crucial for setting us up for a successful day. Michael Kerr, international business speaker, says, “The first 10 minutes can also set the tone and your attitude for the day — so it’s imperative that you start it off right, with a clean slate.”

Not all of the mistakes we all make in the first 10 minutes of the day are caused by procrastination. In fact, getting on with our work in the wrong way can have a negative impact on our productivity. Checking your work emails first thing is a common mistake. New York University’s Adam Alter says that it takes an average of 25 minutes to get back to being most productive after you’ve checked your emails.

Instead, use the first 10 minutes of your day to plan your day, and get your body and mind in the right place. Avoid sitting down in your chair straight away, and make sure you’re close to natural light. These little changes can make a big impact on how productive you will be for the rest of your day.

Here are the nine biggest mistakes you’re making in the first 10 minutes of your workday, and some simple tips to help you get back on track.

9 Productivity Mistakes You're Making in the First 10 Minutes of Your Work Day

9 Productivity Mistakes You’re Making in the First 10 Minutes of Your Work Day, courtesy of Resume.io

This article originally appeared at Resume.io.