Please don’t think me rude if I greet you “good morning” even in the afternoon or evening, or at the wrong hour of the day. Not that I have lost the sense of time, but it’s something I picked up from a college friend, a successful real estate broker, whose charisma shines with her infectious laughter and cheerful chatter. When we got together for a video workshop and interview one late afternoon, she started with a “good morning” opening spiel. And as if she knew she’ll be corrected, continued on by saying “it’s because I begin and end my day like it’s always a good morning.”
Ah the good morning mentality, that’s what I thought. It’s a great idea actually, especially for work, treating every hour of your shift like it’s the first hour, when motivation is usually high and energy is strong and just waiting to kick in with a sip of hot coffee. It’s the time of day when we’re mostly in the mood to get things started and quickly done, even ask for additional assignments. It’s in the morning when we’re nice and chatty, moving around cubicles or offices concerned with how colleagues are, even in meetings where ideas seem fresher and are tossed around freely, when there’s less stress and still no reason to spark an argument.
This courtesy practice we recently applied at the office, the idea of which is to sustain that same enthusiasm to get more work done like the day’s just getting started, and verbalize the same energy and pass them on across teams.
At first, most thought it’s a weird idea, I’m sure some thought of it as useless or too simple to have an impact on our operations, especially when getting awkward stares by others in the hours after morning. Agree that it’s simple and can be entirely useless if not properly reinforced. The idea really is to keep the unique morning vibe going until the hours when we’re usually already tired or about to wrap up the day as done. Nothing’s too simple or negligible when you’ve reached the point of exhaustion or quitting but still feeling hyped up by constant morning greetings, considering the day’s not done yet, and a lot can still happen positively, whether at work or outside of it.
But later we realized the “good mornings” we get from colleagues even became reminders to stop and reciprocate, and you can’t help but smile from knowing the reason behind the seemingly weird always morning nods.
So there, it’s almost 6pm and the sunset’s awesome in the photo snapped in the amazing Potipot Island, cheers to a good morning!