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Early bird catches the worm!

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15 Jan 2015
Having a young child means that I am up pretty early every day, and by taking advantage of Sellick Partnership's flexi-time policy means that I can start work earlier, and finish earlier, to ensure that my childcare arrangements fit around my work life.

I start work at 7.30 am each day, and since doing this, have come to realise that the hour between 7.30am and 8.30am when the office is at it's quietist is absolutely invaluable!

So what do I do in this time and how is it beneficial?
  1. Deal with difficult situations - it makes a big difference dealing with something particularly difficult or a task you have been putting off first thing in the morning. There are no distractions, and it provides the perfect time to have some clarity and apply yourself to the situation.
  2. Concentrate! It is easier to concentrate in a quiet office, where emails aren't constantly pinging through and the telephones aren't ringing. Use this time to tick a couple of things off of your to do list, you will be amazed how much you can get done in the hour...
  3. Leaving home early means that public transport is significantly quieter - a deserted tram or train carriage is a lovely calm start to the day, and eliminates what is for many the most stressful part of the day!
  4. Be ahead of the competition - calling at 8am is not unusual, and will mean that you are able to get hold of people before they start their hectic days. In a competitive market, it is important to stay head of the game!
  5. Be optimistic! Early starters are optimistic people, as well as being agreeable and conscientious - make the most of these attributes...
Since the flexible working policy was started a year ago, you can see a lot of my team work slightly different patterns. We are all here at the same time for the majority of the day, however some like to start later and finish later, or start earlier and finish earlier. Different working patterns have benefits to different people, with the end of the day also providing a calm period to get some vital tasks done, and helping to leave work at the door for the evening
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If you would like some tips on becoming a morning person, why not read this blog by my colleague Steph Sheard, who has some great ideas for becoming an early riser!
 
What is your working pattern like? What time do you like to start your day? It would be great to hear your thoughts and ideas, and what works best for you!
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