There are days when my mornings are spent tending to unanticipated customer emergencies, participating in last minute staff/team meetings , and responding to overly complicated — and time consuming — emails. On mornings like this, everything gets done — except the things originally on my to do list. On days like this, it is important to implement a midday work reboot, to salvage the rest of the day.

If you are interested in implementing a midday reboot, here are six tips:

  1. Recharge your mind and body, by going for a 20-30 minute walk at lunch (or if you’re ambitious, you can become a midday runner or gym warrior).
  2. Replenish your body and mind, by drinking a cup of hot (or cold) water, with the juice of one lemon.
  3. Update your to-do list, by deleting completed tasks; and by adding any newly arisen , or high priority tasks.
  4. Reevaluate and prioritize your updated to-do list, to determine which tasks should be delegated, renegotiated (i.e. projects with competing deadlines), tackled right way, or left for another day (or later in the day).
  5. At the end of the day update your to-do list, so that you have a clear plan for the next day. Tip: Complete a monthly audit of your workflow, to better assess how best to manage/tackle your overall workload.
  6. When the next work day rolls around, repeat steps 1-5, if you find that you have once again lost control of your morning.

While we can never fully anticipate what our work day will look like, it is good to know that we can make up for a slow — or bad — morning , with a midday work reboot.

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