5 Good morning habits to start your week

Who loves to hear the alarm clock on a Monday morning after a relaxing weekend? If you’re like half of the population and hit snooze at least once, you’re not alone! This behaviour typically leads to rushing around to get ready in time. Or stealing minutes from other important tasks, like doing some exercise.


How you start your Monday morning sets the tone for the day and week ahead. Especially when it comes to your mood.

Put down the phone.

If your natural habit is to reach for the phone, either to turn the alarm off or check emails – don’t! The light from the phone can strain your eyes, and depending on the emails you receive overnight they can raise your stress levels. This sets your brain on a path to overthinking and over analysing. As an alternative spend a few minutes stretching in bed. Switch your phone alarm for an old-school plug-in alarm with a radio, or ask Google to play some music to start your day.


Download your thoughts.

Do you find yourself waking up feeling overwhelmed with “life admin”? Trying to balance work/home life pressures can be stressful, so grab a pen and write your thoughts down. Downloading them onto paper means they don’t take up space in your mind. Freeing you to think about other things. Writing down your thoughts removes emotion and helps you rationalise a plan to address them. Consider what you need to do and what can be delegated or done later on. You will feel more in control and able to tackle the day.


Pick your clothes out the night before.

If choosing what to wear in the morning drives you crazy, then pick out your clothes the night before. If you want to be extremely organised pick out your outfits for the whole week, then decide on the morning which one you’d like to wear that day. You’ll be surprised how much time you save.


Move your body.

With many of us in sedentary jobs moving your body is more important than ever. Don’t have time for planned exercise? That’s ok! Try parking your car further away than your usual parking spot. Jump off the bus one stop earlier or take the stairs on the way up to your desk. Take regular breaks at work and consider “walk and talk” meetings with colleagues.


Set a goal for the day.

Decide on something you want to achieve by the end of the day. Make sure it’s realistic. It might be as simple as moving your body more. Or maybe it’s trying a new recipe for dinner, paying a bill you’ve been putting off or reaching a personal best at the gym. Whatever motivates you, build that into your day’s achievements. The feeling of success can last longer than the day itself, so get setting those goals!

Taking these simple steps can make your mornings more enjoyable. Each step doesn’t take a lot of time and can be embraced easily. On the off chance that you can’t focus on them all, pick a couple to add to your morning routine, and appreciate how much better you feel!

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Manage Stress, Build Resilience

Time Management & Personal Productivity

Organise and Simplify Home & Office*

Tame Your Inbox

Finish what you start – 8 Ways to Tackle Procrastination*

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Leading in uncertain times

With much of the world in a spin right now it can feel tough to know which way to go to gain traction. If you’re a leader, this means guiding not just yourself but others around you too. The easy route would be to do nothing at all – let the world figure things out on its own. The old saying of “time will tell” can be difficult to follow when you have major business demands and time is not an available commodity.

How do you lead to get through these uncertain times? At ATI-Mirage we meet many clients with this question in mind.

We’ve put together some steps all leaders can take today to lead their teams in uncertain times:

Be Authentic.

Your team will be looking to you for answers, and it’s ok if you don’t know them. Be honest and open with your team on your thoughts and plans for the future. It’s easy to hide behind corporate jargon and spreadsheets. Step out from behind this. Allow yourself to be open to receive feedback and listen to new ideas.


Build Resilience.

Now more than ever we need to increase the “bounce back” ability of resilience. These are turbulent times and not everything will go as planned. That’s ok – so long as you demonstrate resilience to your team. When plans don’t work out, dust yourself off and try again. Stay away from any negative talk, and remain focused on the goals you set.


Show Courage.

Being a great leader means other people follow you, willingly. Your organisation might need to reinvent the way things are done to deal with the new financial climate. Taking risks and leading change to your processes can feel scary. Take a chance and when you do, make sure it’s with conviction. Focus on the trust you have in your team’s capability. Let your team know, even if things don’t work out the way you planned, you will all get through it together.


Let your team know you value and trust them. When times are so uncertain, build certainty in the skills and ability your team has. By trusting your team, you can focus on what you “can do” rather than what you have no control over. This works really well to ground thoughts and feelings. Plans become easier to make and increased trust in a team enhances overall well-being.


Increase collaboration.

Acknowledge and value team interdependence. Keep away from boardroom decisions that benefit only a few people. Allow opportunities for team collaboration. When you do this it removes a competitive environment, making space for innovation and creation. Allowing people to work together drives a sense of purpose and this in turn creates accountability. When times are uncertain, building connection provides a solid platform to build upon.

Leaders who can lean into the emerging future with authenticity, resilience, courage, trust and collaboration are the ones who create amazing things in the face of uncertainty.

Enjoyed these tips?  We can help with tangible tools and support. Join us for our next workshops:

Supervisor Toolkit – For newly promoted supervisors / Team Leaders

Managing People and Performance

Ignite! Leadership Program for Middle Managers

Emotionally Intelligent Leader with SEIP

Team Chemistry & High Performance

Leading & Communicating Change

Leading Virtual / Remote Teams Virtual Class




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