Start Fresh: How to Create Your Work Day Routine

Anyone else ready to crush their goals at work this year? I know I am!

A new year brings so much promise and so much excitement… I love the feeling of hitting the Refresh button at the start of January each and every year and giving myself the opportunity to reflect on the progress that I made over the months that preceded. It’s easier to get a handle on what worked well in the past and what I might need to change up just a bit to ensure that I’m meeting the success that I want to see for myself in the future.

This week on Episode 104 of Productivity Paradox, as we round out Season 8, we’re talking all about the period of restart that a new year brings. And I’m so excited for you all to join in on the conversation, because the possibilities that a new year brings, to me, are pretty much endless!

So, in the spirit of “starting fresh” this week, I thought I might take some time today to focus on one thing that can give you the jumpstart you need when it comes to chasing after your goals in the workplace… And that’s your workday routine!

In my experience, if you have a routine down pat… then chances are, you’re going to have the unshakeable focus and motivation that you need to achieve success in the long-term.

Ready to get started? Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can create a workday routine that works for you and your goals this year!


How to Create Your Workday Routine


Get Prepared—

Routines can be so great when it comes to maintaining focus and boosting productivity… but did you know that you can set yourself up for success the night before your work day even begins?

One thing that I always recommend is to get yourself prepared the night before your workday begins. If you’re someone that struggles with making it out the door on time, then this could be as simple as laying your clothes out the night before… or taking the guessing game out of your breakfast or lunch for the following day by preparing it ahead of time.

Anything that you can do to ensure that you’re not scrambling to get yourself moving and to work on time will pay off in spades when it comes to setting yourself up for a successful day ahead!


Plan Your Day Ahead of Time—

This essentially goes hand-in-hand with the previous tip, but when it comes to maintaining focus at work… having a plan in place is imperative.

Whether you do this the night before your workday or early on the morning of, getting a handle on the tasks that you have in front of you and arranging those by priority are key when it comes to working effectively and to boosting your productivity each and every week.

Unsure of how to organize your tasks by priority? No problem! We talk all about this back on Episodes 006 and 024!


Allow Time for Yourself—

Some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world swear by this. When it comes to maintaining focus and motivation… it’s essential that you prevent feelings of burnout as much as possible by planning your day to allow a little bit of time for yourself.

Whether you’re someone that benefits from an hour of exercise in the morning before heading into the office, or you’re someone that needs a little bit of room to breathe in the afternoon… Plan your day to give yourself a bit of wiggle room to ensure that your own personal needs are being met.

Not only will this help you lessen the likelihood that you’ll feel stressed and burned out at work, but it will also give you the positive boost that you need to keep going when the going gets rough.


Choose Systems that Work for You—

Are you someone that enjoys working in bursts, or do you prefer a more relaxed approach when it comes to your work tasks?

Whatever your preference, I want to encourage you to seek out systems that will work best for you when it comes to diving into your work-related tasks and ensuring long-term success.

Is Time-blocking a better fit for you than Batching Tasks? Would you benefit from utilizing a paper planner and a productivity app like Asana (we LOVE this at IWP, by the way!)?

Choose systems that best resonate with you and your work style… and incorporate those into your workday. You might be surprised by how much focus you’re able to maintain and how productive you feel at the end of each work week!


Prepare for Distractions—

An unsilenced phone within arm’s reach on a desk, a chatty coworker, someone playing music too loudly in the next office or cubicle, an unexpected pang of hunger mid-morning… All of these can be causes for distraction when you least expect them, and all of them can absolutely kill your focus and productivity at any point in your workday.

To lessen the likelihood that we’ll find ourselves wavering from a task in front of us, it’s imperative that we plan ahead to lessen the likelihood that we will be distracted from what we’re trying to accomplish.

A few ways to limit yourself from distractions as much as possible can include any or all of the following:

  • Setting a reminder on your phone to silence it when you sit down to start your work for the day 
  • Investing in a pair of noise-canceling headphones (or simply using headphones to listen to music softly at your desk, if you’re someone that benefits from slight background noise) 
  • Creating a sign and placing it on your door or cubicle to notify your coworkers that you are working on a task that requires your immediate attention and focus 
  • Planning your breaks ahead of time, in between tasks, to visit with coworkers or to grab a snack when you’re feeling hungry

Anything that you can do to set yourself up for success and to limit the distractions around you can make all the difference when it comes to your focus, your energy, and your productivity. Give it a try!



What are some of the things that help you when it comes to your routine at the office each day? Share your tips in the comments below… And be sure to check out Episode 104 of the podcast this week where I’m recapping some of my favorite moments of the season and sharing all kinds of tips for setting achievable goals this year!


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  • Cheneil

    One of the things that help me stay focus at work are reviewing my lesson plans at the start of the day, then again at beginning of the lunch to see my progress for the day. I feel this helps me to reprioritize my scheduler if the important objectives still have not been met.

    January 8, 2019 at 11:36 pm

Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton