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  • Things That Make Great Leaders Unforgettable

    11/20/17 3:58 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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    Think back over your career to this point.

    What boss or manager made the biggest impact on you – and why?

    Maybe they were an amazing coach. Perhaps they brought out great qualities in you that you didn’t realize you had. And maybe you just found them to be incredibly inspirational. Regardless of the specific reason this person made such an impact on you, you’ll always remember them.

    What Makes Certain Leaders Unforgettable?

    Today, Exact Staff shares management qualities that sets some bosses head-and-shoulders above the rest:

    They Make A Great First Impression

    Instead of using introductions to promote their status, experience, knowledge or accomplishments, an unforgettable boss focuses their attention on the people they’re meeting. By showing that they value others’ opinions, care about their interests, and want to support their success, great bosses instill trust and make a fantastic initial impression on those they meet.

    They Share Their Passion

    A boss who is bored with their job, their company or their life? They aren’t likely to make a lasting impact on you (let alone on their organization). Unforgettable leaders are passionate about what they do. They have a strong conviction about what they want to accomplish. They share their enthusiasm. And they make everyone in their charge want to come along for the ride.

    They Change People for the Better

    Great leaders see the hidden potential in their employees – and know how to help them realize it. Over time, the best bosses help team members to acknowledge, embrace and develop great qualities in themselves, and create meaningful, lasting improvements.

    They Lead by Example

    Traditional “top-down” management styles are going by the wayside because they’re proving less effective with younger generations entering the workforce. Today’s unforgettable leaders don’t rely on mandating and controlling. Instead, they emulate the behaviors and qualities they want to see in their employees – and they’re willing to roll up their sleeves to help get a job done.

    They’re Human – and Unafraid to Show It

    People work with people, and being occasionally vulnerable makes a leader more relatable, approachable and genuine. Showing vulnerability is a humanizing way to break down barriers and build relationships. It isn’t a sign of weakness, but a memorable way for leaders to show employees that they’re needed and that their help is valued.

    Find the Great Leaders and Managers Your Team Needs

    Whether you’re up against a pressing deadline, tackling a critical initiative or growing your core team, Exact Staff’s national network of offices can connect you with unforgettable talent to strengthen your organization. Improve performance. And achieve more in 2018.

    What can we do for you? Contact a staffing expert at your local Exact Staff office today!

Success Habits: Brilliant Rituals High Performers Follow

10/23/17 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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Tired of “dime a dozen” time-management tips?

Looking for fresh ways to consistently perform at a higher level?

Maybe all you need to do is adopt a few new habits.

Regardless of their profession, experience or level of seniority, all successful people have one thing in common: they practice habits which match their focus and energy level to the importance of the task at hand. What rituals do they follow to maximize their performance?

Let’s take a look:

The Morning Ritual

Even high performers have mornings where they feel tired and uninspired. But, by practicing a deliberate morning routine, they take control of several factors that maximize energy and focus – and set themselves up for a great day. Here are a few tweaks you should consider making to your morning ritual to supercharge your performance:

  • Hydrate with lemon water – it’s nutrient-packed and provides a natural physical and mental energy spike in the a.m.
  • Get moving – even 10 minutes of exercise releases key neurotransmitters linked to better brain functioning.
  • Eat protein – so your muscles and brain have the fuel they need to perform.
  • Spend time with loved ones – to sustain a positive mood throughout the day.
  • Skip the screen time – so you focus on accomplishing your morning routine.

The Distraction-Minimization Ritual

Your ability to think clearly and learn can vary by as much as 30 percent over the course of a day. And studies of geniuses show that most are at their sharpest early in the day (2.5 to 4 hours after waking).

The takeaway? Plan time each day to do high-priority, focus work during your peak mental periods – and ruthlessly eliminate distractions (bye-bye, calls, emails, social feed notifications and visitors) during those times to ensure you accomplish your highest priorities.

The Check-In Ritual

Throughout the day, high performers ask themselves important questions to keep their efforts focused – and their productivity high. Here are a few questions all successful people ask themselves:

  • Am I waking up early enough, to take advantage of precious morning hours? If not, set your alarm for 15 or 30 minutes earlier to include some of the morning habits above (and yes, this means you’ll need to go to bed a bit earlier, too).
  • Have I accomplished my top priority for the day? If not, revise your schedule – and vow to plan better for tomorrow.
  • How am I feeling? If your energy or focus is dipping, take a break, grab a snack or switch to a different activity.
  • What difficult things should I be doing more of? If you’re avoiding unpleasant tasks or simply don’t have the time, consider delegating or outsourcing B- and C-level tasks – so you have time to “eat more frogs.”

The End-of-Day Ritual

High performers realize that every great morning starts with careful planning. Here are a few success habits you can practice at the end of the workday to set yourself up for a productive start to the following morning:

  • Vet urgent communications. Review incoming messages across channels, addressing what you must and deferring what you can.
  • Reflect. Consider what, when and why things went right (or wrong) during the day. Learn what you can, and apply those lessons to make tomorrow even better.
  • Plan your next work day. Leave your office with a clear idea of what you need to accomplish the following day. Lay out your top three or four priorities, and resolve to tackle your most challenging or unpleasant task first. When possible, schedule high-priority, high-focus work during your peak mental acuity period.

Want to be more successful?

Turn a critical eye to the way you spend your day – and resolve to adopt at least one of these new habits.

Exact Staff is here to support your success.

Serving organizations across the nation, Exact Staff provides a wide range of talented people – and a full complement of staffing solutions – to make you more efficient and successful. Whether you need to fast-track a project, delegate non-core tasks or free up more time for your high-priority work, we have you covered. Just give us a call!

People Make These Two Snap Judgments When They Meet You

10/18/17 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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How long do you have to make a first impression?

  • One day
  • One hour
  • One minute

It’s a trick question. The real answer? You have only a few seconds!

Here’s why:

When we meet new people, research shows that our brains quickly latch onto assumptions based on the recognizable patterns in their appearance and behavior. These assumptions create an “anchor” for every evaluation they make thereafter. And once that anchor is “dropped,” it’s hard to dislodge. It influences their thought process, limiting their willingness and ability to change their opinion after a first impression is made.

Dropping anchor: two key snap judgments.

This article by Travis Bradberry reviews two of the snap decisions that influence where people drop anchor when the meet you. Specifically, other make judgments that answer two essential questions:

  1. Can I trust you?
  2. Can I respect your capabilities?

According to research cited in this article, up to 90% of a first impression is based on these two traits.

Make snap decisions work in your favor.

Whether you are meeting new reports, new clients, prospects or partners for the first time, you only have a fraction of a second to create a lasting impression of who you are. How can you leverage the science behind first impressions – and make it work in your favor as a leader?

  • Smile (the right way). A wide grin can convey naiveté (which isn’t ideal for leaders), while a subtle, warm smile can convey friendliness and even intelligence.
  • Let the person you’re meeting speak first. “Striking first” in a conversation may show dominance, but it won’t help you build trust. Let the other person take the initial lead, and then follow up with relevant questions to demonstrate your intelligence and attention to the conversation.
  • Shake on it. A firm (not crushing) handshake instills confidence and demonstrates trustworthiness.
  • Get sufficient sleep. Droopy eyelids and a “tired” look make you appear less intelligent than you are. If you know you have a big meeting or event, get plenty of sleep the night before.
  • Watch your tone of voice. Depending upon its pitch and volume, your voice can instill anything from trust to dominance and even attractiveness, according to research.
  • Put your phone down. Checking your phone conveys disinterest, and it sets any meeting off on the wrong foot. When you’re about to be introduced, put your phone in your pocket and leave it there.
  • Be authentic. Trying too hard (e.g., being overly enthusiastic or business-like) can make you appear disingenuous. When you meet someone new, stay “in the moment” and be authentic with your words and actions.

First impressions count.

Whether you need professionals for a discrete assignment, for a long-term project, or to grow your core team, Exact Staff refers stand-out professionals, every time. With offices nationwide, and a full complement of staffing and placement services, we can connect you with high performers who exceed your expectations from day one.

What can we do for you?

Contact a staffing expert at your local Exact Staff office today.

Great Leadership Starts with Listening Skills

10/11/17 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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As a leader, what happens when you develop better listening skills?

  • Your employees become more motivated, engaged and productive.
  • You retain more information and make fewer mistakes.
  • You foster mutual trust with your team.
  • You develop 6-pack abs.

Okay; maybe not that last answer – but you get where today’s post is going, right?

Strong listening skills are an essential component of great leadership. It takes more than a functioning set of ears, however, to develop those skills. Crunches and a low-fat diet won’t help, either.

What does work? “Exercising” these behaviors, each day:

Put Away that Shiny Rectangle

Phubbing,” or phone-snubbing, is the practice of checking your phone in a social situation instead of giving the speaker your full attention. If you’re phubbing your employees, you’re sending a clear message that you’re not interested in them or what they have to say – which results in diminished trust, lower levels of job satisfaction and damaged work relationships.

Unless you’re managing a crisis, put away your smartphone when engaging with your employees.

Be Fully Present

Banishing your phone is a good start. Once it’s put away, make a conscious effort to be in the moment when someone is speaking to you, focusing your eyes and ears on them. Ask questions, and encourage them to elaborate on their ideas. Give them a safe space in which to share their views and concerns. When you engage yourself fully in a conversation, employees will instantly realize that you’re paying attention – and truly attempting to understand what’s important to them.

Practice Active Listening

Tend to finish your employees’ sentences? Formulate your responses while the speaker is still talking? Developing better active listening skills will make you a more patient and empathetic listener. Here are a few simple habits to practice:

  • Don’t interrupt. It’s more than rude; it’s antithetical to effective listening. You simply cannot speak and understand someone else’s message at the same time.
  • Resist the urge to plan how you’ll respond while the other person is speaking. Devote your full attention to comprehension.
  • Monitor the speaker’s words, tone of voice and body language (you’ll get important information from all three sources).
  • Pay attention to what the speaker doesn’t say as much as what they do say (read between the lines).
  • Make friendly, not intimidating, contact.
  • Summarize and repeat what the other person has said, to make sure you understand them fully.
  • Clarify or probe for more information, when necessary.
  • Respond only once you’re sure you grasp what the speaker has communicated.

Related posts:

3 Ways to Improve Your Listening Skills

3 Important Things Great Leaders Do Every Day

What to Do if a Conversation Becomes Loud and Aggressive

Choose a Staffing Partner that Truly Listens to You

At Exact Staff, we know that developing effective staffing solutions requires an in-depth understanding of your needs. We’ll listen, ask the right questions, and then create a solution that offers the workforce flexibility, support and access to talent your team needs.

What Can We Do for You?

Contact a staffing expert at your local Exact Staff office today.

A Fun Way to Be More Successful, Backed by Research

10/4/17 1:02 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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You could be chosen for a high-profile project.

You could land a promotion.

You could find a better job.

…and then you’d be happy, right?

Not necessarily, according to research by Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage. While living, researching and lecturing at Harvard University, Achor spent over a decade studying the link between happiness and success. What he found from profiling thousands of Fortune 500 executives boils down to this one simple – and pretty profound – truth:

Success doesn’t bring happiness; happiness brings success.

In other words, if you want to be more successful, work on being happier. It’s easy to say, but tough to put into practice. So, if you need a little help with the process, here are a few of the tactics Achor recommends:

Stop equating future success with happiness.

Many people think that if they’re more successful (i.e., if they just get a raise, just land a promotion, just find a better job) they’ll be happier. Research, however, doesn’t support that notion – so neither should you.

Think of happiness as a work ethic.

Just as you must be disciplined with physical exercise to improve your body, you must be disciplined about your mindset to be happier. Integrate these proven “happiness habits” to build a work ethic that supports success:

  • Be grateful. Each day, write down three new things you’re thankful for.
  • Write down positive experiences. Spend just two minutes daily journaling a single, uplifting experience. This simple task helps you find more meaning in your work over time.
  • Exercise. Every day! Even 10 minutes can train your brain that your actions make a difference.
  • Meditate for two minutes. Press the pause button and just focus on your breathing to combat stress and – you guessed it – boost your happiness.
  • Start each work day by sending a positive email. Sharing good news and praising others creates a cycle of positivity that improves connections and feelings of support.

Looking for more habits that promote happiness? Read our earlier post, Happy People Have These Habits.

View problems as challenges – not threats.

When changes in your department, company, industry occur; when the economic or political climate shifts; when unexpected bottlenecks, glitches or competitors crop up, the way you perceive them greatly impacts your ability to handle them. By framing problems constructively (i.e., as challenges and opportunities), you can increase your effectiveness in meeting them.

Want to build a happier (and ultimately more successful) organization?

Exact Staff’s experts can refer talented, experienced people with the personality traits and soft skills to help you build a more positive workplace. Whether your needs are short- or long-term, temporary or direct, our national employment agency can build the solution you need.

 

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Fun Way to Be More Successful, Backed by Research

09/25/17 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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You could be chosen for a high-profile project.

You could land a promotion.

You could find a better job.

…and then you’d be happy, right?

Not necessarily, according to research by Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage. While living, researching and lecturing at Harvard University, Achor spent over a decade studying the link between happiness and success. What he found from profiling thousands of Fortune 500 executives boils down to this one simple – and pretty profound – truth:

Success Doesn’t Bring Happiness; Happiness brings Success

In other words, if you want to be more successful, work on being happier. It’s easy to say, but tough to put into practice. So, if you need a little help with the process, here are a few of the tactics Achor recommends:

Stop Equating Future Success with Happiness

Many people think that if they’re more successful (i.e., if they just get a raise, just land a promotion, just find a better job) they’ll be happier. Research, however, doesn’t support that notion – so neither should you.

Think of Happiness as a Work Ethic

Just as you must be disciplined with physical exercise to improve your body, you must be disciplined about your mindset to be happier. Integrate these proven “happiness habits” to build a work ethic that supports success:

  • Be grateful. Each day, write down three new things you’re thankful for.
  • Write down positive experiences. Spend just two minutes daily journaling a single, uplifting experience. This simple task helps you find more meaning in your work over time.
  • Exercise. Every day! Even 10 minutes can train your brain that your actions make a difference.
  • Meditate for two minutes. Press the pause button and just focus on your breathing to combat stress and – you guessed it – boost your happiness.
  • Start each work day by sending a positive email. Sharing good news and praising others creates a cycle of positivity that improves connections and feelings of support.

Looking for more habits that promote happiness? Read our earlier post, Happy People Have These Habits.

 View Problems as Challenges – Not Threats

When changes in your department, company, industry occur; when the economic or political climate shifts; when unexpected bottlenecks, glitches or competitors crop up, the way you perceive them greatly impacts your ability to handle them. By framing problems constructively (i.e., as challenges and opportunities), you can increase your effectiveness in meeting them.

Want to Build a Happier (and Ultimately More Successful) Organization?

Exact Staff’s experts can refer talented, experienced people with the personality traits and soft skills to help you build a more positive workplace. Whether your needs are short- or long-term, temporary or direct, our national employment agency can build the solution you need.

 

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Dramatically Improve Your Performance: Drop These Habits!

09/21/17 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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Ever wonder why:

  • You’re being passed over for promotions?
  • Your team members aren’t more receptive to your ideas?
  • You’re not asked to join special project teams or to spearhead new initiatives at work?

Maybe your bad habits are holding you back.

Nobody’s perfect, and we all have idiosyncrasies that occasionally make us challenging to work with. But if you feel like something is holding you back in your career – and you can’t quite put your finger on what it is – make sure you’re not sabotaging your success with bad habits like these:

Negative Talk

When faced with a challenge at work, what’s your default response? Phrases like “That’s not going to work because,” and “We can’t do that,” are inherently negative, focusing exclusively on the problem – instead of potential solutions.

Your direct reports, coworkers and higher-ups all pay close attention to how you approach work situations. So, if you habitually complain or exhibit a defeatist attitude, you’re undermining your career. Need proof? Results from this survey show that more than 6 in 10 (62%) of employers are less likely to promote employees who have a negative attitude.

Portraying Yourself as an Expert – at Everything

You are undoubtedly talented at what you do, but no one is great at everything. And quite frankly, acting like an expert when others can clearly tell you’re not just irritates them – and makes you look foolish.

Contribute when you have something valuable to share, but don’t be afraid to admit when you don’t have all the answers. Owning your weaknesses builds authenticity, strengthens relationships and sets the stage for joint problem-solving – all of which are great for your career.

Being Condescending

When attempting to establish your authority, do you wind up sounding judgmental or patronizing? Even if your language is neutral, signals like crossed arms, heavy sighs and eye rolls can eclipse your ostensible desire to be an effective leader. If you want others to follow your direction and take your advice at work, don’t talk down to them. Make sure your tone, posture and word choices are consistently respectful, and that your criticism is always constructive.

Related Posts:

Prevent Negativity from Creeping into Your Workplace

Habits to Dramatically Improve Your Life

Habits of Happy People

Another Habit Which Could be Holding You Back? Trying to Do it All Yourself.

Successful professionals start each day by examining their “to dos,” prioritizing their responsibilities, and then delegating non-critical activities. If you want to make delegation a habit, but don’t have the internal resources, give Exact Staff a call. We’ll help you get non-critical activities off your plate – and dramatically improve your performance.

 

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Great Leadership Starts with Listening Skills

09/14/17 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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As a leader, what happens when you develop better listening skills?

  • Your employees become more motivated, engaged and productive.
  • You retain more information and make fewer mistakes.
  • You foster mutual trust with your team.
  • You develop 6-pack abs.

Okay; maybe not that last answer – but you get where today’s post is going, right?

Strong listening skills are an essential component of great leadership. It takes more than a functioning set of ears, however, to develop those skills. Crunches and a low-fat diet won’t help, either.

What does work? “Exercising” these behaviors, each day:

Put Away that Shiny Rectangle

Phubbing,” or phone-snubbing, is the practice of checking your phone in a social situation instead of giving the speaker your full attention. If you’re phubbing your employees, you’re sending a clear message that you’re not interested in them or what they have to say – which results in diminished trust, lower levels of job satisfaction and damaged work relationships.

Unless you’re managing a crisis, put away your smartphone when engaging with your employees.

Be Fully Present

Banishing your phone is a good start. Once it’s put away, make a conscious effort to be in the moment when someone is speaking to you, focusing your eyes and ears on them. Ask questions, and encourage them to elaborate on their ideas. Give them a safe space in which to share their views and concerns. When you engage yourself fully in a conversation, employees will instantly realize that you’re paying attention – and truly attempting to understand what’s important to them.

Practice Active Listening

Tend to finish your employees’ sentences? Formulate your responses while the speaker is still talking? Developing better active listening skills will make you a more patient and empathetic listener. Here are a few simple habits to practice:

  • Don’t interrupt. It’s more than rude; it’s antithetical to effective listening. You simply cannot speak and understand someone else’s message at the same time.
  • Resist the urge to plan how you’ll respond while the other person is speaking. Devote your full attention to comprehension.
  • Monitor the speaker’s words, tone of voice and body language (you’ll get important information from all three sources).
  • Pay attention to what the speaker doesn’t say as much as what they do say (read between the lines).
  • Make friendly, not intimidating, contact.
  • Summarize and repeat what the other person has said, to make sure you understand them fully.
  • Clarify or probe for more information, when necessary.
  • Respond only once you’re sure you grasp what the speaker has communicated.

Related posts:

3 Ways to Improve Your Listening Skills

3 Important Things Great Leaders Do Every Day

What to Do if a Conversation Becomes Loud and Aggressive

Choose a Staffing Partner that Truly Listens to You

At Exact Staff, we know that developing effective staffing solutions requires an in-depth understanding of your needs. We’ll listen, ask the right questions, and then create a solution that offers the workforce flexibility, support and access to talent your team needs.

What can we do for you? Contact a staffing expert at your local Exact Staff office today.

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Hypercritical of Yourself? How to Be More Accepting

09/7/17 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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“She’s so intelligent; I’ll never be as smart as her.”

“He’s so creative; why can’t I think that way?”

“She’s so disciplined; I wish I could exhibit that kind of control and perseverance.”

Are you great at finding amazing qualities in your colleagues, family and friends – but incredibly tough on yourself?

It’s human nature. According to The Happiness Trapp by Dr. Russ Harris, our minds have evolved to think negatively, and research shows that up to 80% of our thoughts contain some negative content.

Negative thinking may be human nature, but that doesn’t mean it’s inevitable – especially when it comes to how you view yourself. If you’re one of the millions of professionals who struggle with self-doubt and negative self-talk, here’s how to effectively manage those hypercritical thoughts and be more accepting of yourself:

Monitor Your Thoughts and Feelings

For one week, keep a journal of the negative thoughts that pop into your head. Recognizing mental sabotage is the first step to stopping it.

Interrupt the Cycle

When you have a critical thought or feeling about yourself, immediately ask: “Am I being reasonable?” Often, you’ll find that the answer is: “No.” Break your mental cycle of negativity by recalling your strengths and accomplishments.

Leave Failures Where They Belong

In the past! When you dwell on mistakes you’ve made, you prevent yourself from moving forward. Rather than repeating a phrase like: “I’m an idiot for leaving that important detail out of my presentation,” try one that allows you to learn and move on: “Everyone makes mistakes. I will improve my review process, to ensure I don’t make the same error again.”

Strive for Progress, not Perfection

You are a work in progress, so you shouldn’t expect to achieve instant success, 100% of the time. Setting unrealistic expectations only breeds negative thoughts! A better option? Strive for small, incremental, sustainable improvements. Praise yourself for taking baby steps toward your goals, and enjoy the journey (not just the destination).

Adopt the Habits of Happy People

Happiness isn’t automatic; it must be cultivated and actively pursued. In this earlier post, we share simple ways to make your life (and your perception of yourself) more positive – by modeling the behaviors of happy people.

Related Post: Prevent Negativity from Creeping Into Your Workplace

Promote Positive Self-Talk by Accomplishing More, Every Day

Checking off more “to dos” each day will put you in a more positive frame of mind. As a national employment agency, Exact Staff provides the support and solutions you need to:

  • Offload repetitive and low-level work that distracts you and your staff;
  • Improve focus, productivity and effectiveness;
  • Confidently tackle new or pressing projects.

Ready to accomplish more? Contact your local Exact Staff office today.

 

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How Successful People Begin and End Their Workdays

08/22/17 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : News | Leave a Comment
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Why is the middle of an Oreo so delicious?

It’s the chocolate cookies on the top and bottom.

This post isn’t about food (entirely), and we don’t recommend eating a package of cookies to enhance job performance. But the inventor of Oreos (or any sandwich cookie, for that matter), knew this important fact:

The way you start and end something – whether it’s a cookie or a workday – makes a huge difference in how great it is.

So, if you’re looking to make the middle of your day more successful, bookend it with these habits:

Morning Habits

Exercise

Great leaders have rigorous fitness routines for a good reason: they understand how important exercise is to being an effective boss. Research provides evidence of a relationship between physical activity and improved cognitive and executive functioning. And in this post, we review the reasons you should exercise before starting your workday.

Fuel Your Body

When you wake up, your body has been fasting for several hours. If you want it to perform well for you throughout the day, give it what it needs! This post shares essential nutrition tips to transform your morning (and your entire workday).

Hold-Off on Checking Email

Email is vital, but checking it shouldn’t be the first item on your to-do list when you arrive at the office. Diving into your Inbox automatically puts you in reactive mode: putting out yesterday’s fires; responding to others’ requests; and potentially derailing your priorities.

Resist the Urge to Procrastinate

Use the list you developed the day before (see below) to guide your activities. Discipline yourself to attend to your highest priorities first.

End-of-Workday Habits

Stay Focused

Productivity typically diminishes late afternoon. Simply knowing that you’re more prone to distraction can help you stay focused, however. During the last hour of your workday, try to resist the temptation to get caught up in nonwork-related activities. An extra ounce of discipline at the day’s end will help you finish stronger.

Vet “Urgent” Communications

Successful people know what requires immediate response and what can wait until tomorrow. Review your incoming messages across channels, addressing what you must and deferring what you can. When possible, set a time of day for following up tomorrow on non-urgent matters.

Reflect

Consider what, when and why things went right (or wrong) during your day. Learn what you can, and apply those lessons to make tomorrow even better.

Plan Your Next Day

Never leave your office without a clear idea of what you need to accomplish the following day:

  • Cross out items on your to-do list you’ve completed. Note what you’ve achieved. The sense of accomplishment you feel will motivate you to aim high tomorrow.
  • Make a new list. Lay out your top three or four priorities, and resolve to tackle your most challenging or unpleasant task first. Why? You’re likely to get distracted with urgent requests and unplanned activities as your morning wears on. If you check-off at least one big “to do” before things get too hectic, you’ll have made great progress by lunch.

Make Every Workday More Productive – with the Right Staffing Support

Exact Staff delivers exceptional talent and innovative strategies to meet your local or national requirements. Whether it’s a single temporary for a day or an entire project team, we provide a range of staffing and placement solutions to increase productivity and performance.

What can we do for you? Contact a staffing expert at your local Exact Staff office today.