Getting going in the morning is tough enough. First you drag your body out of bed, get your family and yourself ready for the day, grab that first cup of coffee or tea, and your brain starts to wake up.
Before you open up your e-mail, though, there’s some other important things you need to do.
The problem with e-mail is that as soon as you look at it, you’re going to lose your time to the demands of the people who sent you messages. Perhaps they’re not really demanding anything, but you’re still going to lose your time and get distracted by whatever interesting notes might arrive.
Here’s how you could spend your first ten minutes at work:
- Remember the priorities that you’d thought about at the end of the previous workday (more on this in my next blog post).
- Look at the structure you’ll need to have for today: meetings, scheduled breaks, deadlines, when you want to leave work.
- Decide what the most important accomplishments will be for today. If nothing else, what’s the top of the list?
- Have another sip of the coffee, sit up straight, and take a deep breath.
OK, now start sorting through your e-mail. But don’t lose sight of your priorities!
by Carl Dierschow