But what exactly does "reattach" mean? You may already be practicing it every single morning.
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We've all been told that it's important to "power down" at the end of the day in order to maintain a good work-life balance-to stop answering emails after six and to leave all electronics at the bedroom door. But what about the next morning? Should you leave work entirely at the office, or should you think about it at home, too? According to new research, if you want to have a smooth, productive day, you should actually start working at soon as you wake up in the morning, something experts call a mental "reattachment."

A small study co-authored by researchers at Portland State University and Germany's University of Mannheim claims that starting in on the work day from the moment you wake up could boost your engagement in the office. The study, which surveyed just over 150 people working in different industries, found that those who took a few minutes to replug into their work day in the morning had a more positive work experience later that day. What exactly does "reattachment" look like? It can be as intensive as creating a to-do list before you head to the office or as simple as thinking about upcoming tasks while taking a shower.

You may be able to unlock a more productive and positive work day by getting into the right headspace first thing in the morning-but the key to doing so (surprise, surprise) is actually making sure you stop working at a decent hour the night before. "We know that detachment from work during non-work hours is important because it creates positive outcomes like higher life satisfaction and lower burnout," Charlotte Fritz, one of the co-authors of the study, told ScienceDaily. "Now we need to think about helping people mentally reconnect to work at the beginning of their work shift or day so they can create positive outcomes during their work day and be immersed in their work. It's not enough to just show up."

One of the greatest advantages of creating goals in the morning is that you can actually achieve them in the day, Fritz says. Being engaged in the work you're doing could help you feel even better when you achieve everything on your to do list. "They're more satisfied with work, more committed to work, enjoy work tasks more, perform better, and help out more with extra tasks," Fritz says.

It sounds like taking the time to plan your day can inevitably make you more productive-and it's something that Martha does every single morning, so we know it has to be working (read more about Martha's daily routine here).


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