How to Spend the First Ten Minutes of Your Workday
Ever find yourself ready to start your day feeling like it’s going to be productive…but decide to just take a quick peek at Instagram? 1 hour later…you realize how much time has passed by and start panicking. You are off to a delayed start and are now flustered and lost your focus.
I’ve been there too. But after reding a few books about being more productive and getting things done, I have come up with this simple 3 step plan.
Check out these three surefire ways to stay on track and get more done in the workday.
DON’T CHECK YOUR EMAIL
I guess that also means don’t check your social media either. That can distract you for sure! By looking at and responding to emails first thing in the morning, you are starting your day off being reactive. It’s almost like playing catchup…and we all know how one random email can set your attention and focus off to something you may not have been wanted to think about. Be intentional about when you check.
Depending on your industry, you may need to check first thing for changes in appointments that could alter your schedule for the day. If that is the case, be disciplined and look just for those things then leave the rest of the email for later. If documents need to be reviewed and go out that are time sensitive, you can address those after you have planned your day.
START WITH A PLANNING SESSION
Write down all the things you have to do in the day. I find it is best to list everything that is more time consuming and takes more focus or brain power on one side of the paper and list the quicker and easier stuff on the other side.
If something is meant to be done with others, consider what is the best time to do that while considering what all else you have to get done in the day.
CREATE A PLAN OF ATTACK
Break down your list even further. The bigger more complicated tasks should be done at times when you are most refreshed, like first thing in the morning or right after lunch break.
Next, I always recommend to do the thing you want to do least, first. As some say, Eat the Frog. When you get the ugly, nasty thing you really don’t want to do but really have to do out of the way, all the other tasks will just breeze by.
Remember that it takes discipline to stay focused. Help yourself to do it by keeping your routine steady.
You can even level up this morning routine. Most successful people have a morning routine something like this: Wake up around 5 am. Take 10 minutes for reflection and journaling. 10 minutes for scriptures or meditation. Exercise. Eat a healthy breakfast that will fuel your body with sustained energy. If you can’t fathom waking up at 5am, figure out what works for you and modify.
Let me know what routines are working for you.