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Does Your Morning Routine Affect How Well You Communicate At Work?

January 5, 2022
7 Min Read

Yes, your morning routine can affect how well you communicate at work.

Let’s start by talking about what your morning routine really is. It’s a series of activities that you do every day in the same order, starting from when you wake up until the time you leave for work.

Your morning routine is like a machine that pumps out your performance for the day. And just like any machine, if it’s not maintained properly, lubricated regularly and its parts are not replaced occasionally, it could cease to function well or even break down completely.

If this happens, your communication at work will suffer as well because they are both directly connected with one another. Think of them as two gears on a bike—if one stops working, so does the other.

The Importance Of A Morning Routine

It’s important to remember that a morning routine doesn't need to be complicated. The length of your morning routine isn't what matters—it's the consistency in fitting it into your day. Even if you only have time for one activity, or even just five activities, doing them at the same time every day will help you reap the benefits of a consistent morning routine.

It's also equally as important to consider how much time you're dedicating to each activity in your routine as well. You don't want your five-minute meditation session to turn into a 20 minute meditation session and then throw off the timing for all of your other activities, including getting into work on time. Other activities like exercising, preparing your coffee, and making breakfast can easily take longer than anticipated if you don't plan ahead for them, so make sure these are accounted for in your timeframe as well!

How A Morning Routine Affects Mood

Studies have shown that there is a direct link between a good morning routine and your mood (this is especially true for anyone with ADHD). A good morning routine can help you wake up, focus, feel better about the day, and ultimately set you up for success. Since a morning routine will increase your overall outlook and excitement for the day, this will likely translate to how well you communicate at work.

Being In A Better Mood Will Lead To Better Workplace Communication

According to research on mood and communication, there's a clear correlation between being in a better mood and communicating more effectively.

Good communication is critical in the workplace. When your team communicates well, you work more efficiently, you feel more confident, and you're happier. So why not start the day off with an activity that sets you up for success?

Building Personal Relationships With Coworkers Can Also Help Improve Communication

Building personal relationships with your coworkers can help improve communication. In order for this to work, you have to make an effort. For example, when you first see one of your coworkers in the morning, instead of just waving and continuing on your way, stop and say hello. Ask them how they're doing or what they did over the weekend.

You could also make small talk with others while waiting for an elevator or in the break room.

When asking questions about colleagues' weekends, be sure to follow up with a question that relates to the thing being discussed (e.g., if someone mentions going camping ask them where they went). This shows that you are truly interested in what they have to say and gives them further incentive to share more information with you.

An Organized Space Also Helps Improve Communication

The next time you find yourself contemplating the state of your desk at work, take a look around. Does your workplace have an open floor plan? If so, it's possible that people are listening in on your conversations, which can make you more likely to communicate more clearly.

If you're looking for ways to improve communication in your home office, consider tidying up first. According to Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home: "A clean desk is a clear mind." And when it comes to communicating with others and being effective at work, this couldn't be truer!

Key Takeaways

Communication is vital to working with others and what you do each morning can affect your ability to communicate throughout the day.

Whether you’re a morning person or not, starting your day off well can set the tone for the rest of your day. If you have a specific routine, whether it includes meditation, yoga, running, or even just 30 minutes at the coffee shop with a good book and some warm coffee, these activities can help prime you to be more mindful throughout the day.

This is incredibly important if you’re looking to improve your communication skills. Being aware of how we might be feeling at any given moment is an important filter for our communication: if I’m stressed about something happening in my life (or on my commute), that stress can easily make its way into my conversations with others.

If we take time in our mornings to check-in with ourselves and figure out what we need before heading into work (or wherever else our days may take us) then we’ll have an easier time managing those feelings as they come up during the course of our conversations with colleagues and clients (especially when those feelings start to affect those around us).

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