This prayer to St. Joseph is one of the most powerful prayers to pray before working.
Many know that St. Joseph is the patron saint of all workers. He labored quietly in his own workshop, teaching Jesus his trade. For this reason, many open their workday with a prayer to St. Joseph for success at work.
Here is a popular prayer to St. Joseph composed by St. Pius X that has been proven to be a great way to begin any kind of work.
Glorious St. Joseph,
model of all those who are devoted to labor,
obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously,
putting the call of duty above my many sins;
to work with thankfulness and joy,
considering it an honor to employ and develop,
by means of labor,
the gifts received from God;
to work with order,
peace, prudence and patience,
never surrendering to weariness or difficulties;
to work, above all,
with purity of intention,
and with detachment from self,
having always death before my eyes
and the account which I must render of time lost,
of talents wasted,
of good omitted,
of vain complacency in success
so fatal to the work of God.
All for Jesus,
all for Mary,
all after thy example,
O Patriarch Joseph.
Such shall be my motto in life and death.