9 Effortless Tips for Putting Your Best Professional Foot Forward Every Day

In today's highly digitally connected world; the expression “You only get one shot to make a good first impression” no longer just pertains to that initial point of contact.  With social media infiltrating everything we do - you now have to put your best foot forward all the time because you never know who’s checking you out online and in the office.

With that said, below are a few effortless tips to help keep best professional foot moving forward:

  1. BUSINESS CARDS:  Make sure you always keep a stack of business cards on you, even if you’re going to the grocery store. You never know when a professional contact might come out of nowhere. (Entrepreneur)
  2. DE-CLUTTER: Papers piling up on your desk? Just found a CVS receipt —from two weeks ago? It’s time to keep your work space orderly with a good clean-up. You know what they say? - A cluttered space is a cluttered mind.  Keep yourself more put-together in the process. (LifeClever) 
  3. EYE CONTACT: Ask yourself - are you good at making eye contact?  Making eye contact with someone says so much about you and your intent.  If you are not good at making eye contact - try practicing with your friends. (Forbes)
  4. MORNING ROUTINE Just as breakfast is known to be the most important meal of your day -- so is your morning routine.  Create a morning routine to get your day started in a positive and orderly way. (Zen Habits)
  5. SHARE YOUR IDEAS: Have you just come up with a few new ideas to a task you are (or someone else is) working on?  Don’t be afraid to speak up and share your ideas around the office.  2 minds are always better than one - so why not collaborate with your co-workers to put yourself (and your work) out there? (Wide Ideas)
  6. INTELLIGENCE CHECK: Knowledge is power.  Take a look at these five easy activities to make you smarter. (Pick the Brain)
  7. SLEEPING HABITS: Sleep is extremely important and a sure way to start your day off with a great attitude and lots of energy.  Figure out your sleeping patterns to see what adjustments you might need to take to get a better nights rest. (Healthline)
  8. DIET: Just as sleep is essential to good health in mind and body - so is your diet.  Eat well so that you have the energy to be your best self. (Lifehack
  9. WRITING SKILLS: Do you know what to say but don't know how to put it into words?  Work on being a better writer so that you can stand out, whether you’re writing a contract or a two-sentence email. (The Daily Muse)     
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