Morning is a sacred time of the day. Have you ever noticed that when your morning starts off in a frenzy, the rest of your day seems to reflect that mood of chaos as well? How you handle the first 10 minutes of your work day can easily set the tone for the rest of your day – hence it is important to always get off on the right foot. If you’re having trouble wrapping your head around the workday, here’s a simple 5 step routine to guide you along the path to success.

1. Remain unplugged

If checking your phone is the first thing you do in the morning, you’re treating yourself with disfavor. Doing so hijacks your morning routine, but not only that, it cultivates a reactive mindset instead of a proactive one, which is a huge no-no. To start off your day from a place of inner peace and control, you may want to try remaining detached from technology for an hour or so. This will direct your focus and energy more positively.

2. Make your bed

Making your bed might seem like a waste of time – unimportant and unnecessary since you’re going to lie on it again at night. However, an interview conducted by Tim Ferriss revealed that more than a hundred highly successful people strongly advocated this habit. By accomplishing your first task, the small sense of pride will fuel you to accomplish more and more tasks throughout the day. By the end of the day, that one task completed would have turned into many tasks completed.

3. Have a healthy breakfast

You’ve most likely heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Without satisfying your growling stomach, focusing on work would be mere impossible. In order to tackle your workday, one must have the ability and energy to remain focussed. What better way to do so than to feed your belly?

4. Organize your day

Once at your desk, start by prioritizing your tasks for the day. One tip is to always put the most important tasks first as your energy is strongest then, so that’s the ideal time to confront the most difficult assignments. Also, get into the habit of making a to-do list. This comprehensive list will act as a framework for what you need to do so it’ll keep you on track and focussed. You can also keep it near your laptop for easy referencing.

5. Deter distractions
Wherever you work, you are bound to experience distractions that will cloud your focus. Unexpected visitors, noisy co-workers, Facebook alerts and a relentlessly ringing phone can all wreak havoc on a good work groove. Though it is difficult to ignore our other obligations, avoid compromising attention to your work. To do so, always make the effort to address these distractions so that your work day will be a breeze.