This is something I struggle with every day. It is generally best not to address me before 11 am, otherwise, you will be met with a death stare and a grunt. I’m probably the most unfriendly Canadian in the world (before 11 am).
But this is not conducive to a happy work environment, especially an environment that requires lots of energy. The dark cloud hanging over my desk does not help office moral.
So I took the approach: New Year, New Me.
I am making a concerted effort to turn my frown upside down in the mornings and become a ‘morning person.’
I have tried a bunch different techniques to be ‘human’ in the morning. I am still not the most cheerful but at least now people don’t shiver when I walk by or avoid me.
Here are some tips and tricks to become a morning person.
Wake up earlier
This may seem counter initiative but by waking up earlier and having some ‘me time,’ you are able to slowly wake up. Plus, you spend the first hours of my day doing something you like and enjoy, for me, it usually involves Snapchat and Instagram or reading gossip mags. I feel no shame.
Make an actual effort
I have to work hard to be human in the morning. But the effort makes a difference. People notice and appreciate it.
Talk about things you like
When you first arrive at the office, engage in conversations in the morning with your co-workers about things you enjoy and excite you. Like the newest episode of Sherlock. You will automatically be in a good mood talking about stuff you like and find interesting.
Start with your favourite tasks
Start the day with the work tasks you enjoy the most. This way you have something to look forward to in the morning. Is it reading industry news? Being creative? Checking email? (doubt it but hey, maybe it’s your bag) writing a blog post (that’s mine)? Do it.
Make it a priority
Commit to it. Approach becoming a morning person, as you would be learning a new skill. Create a plan (perhaps use these steps), practice it and tell everyone at work. By spreading the word about ‘the new you,’ it holds you accountable.
Treat ‘yo self
Create ‘mini’ rewards for your good mood. If you were minimally ‘scary’ every morning of the past week, reward yourself with your favourite morning drink. A vanilla soy latte always puts me in a good mood, it’s worth the extra effort in the morning.
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This post was written by Alyssa Jacobs, Marketing & Social Media Manager at Red Executive.