“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” ~Mark Twain
I've been thinking about my morning routine lately. Lots of gurus have published papers, talks, video series and workshops about being more effective in your work day. One of the most famous, Tony Robbins, created the Hour of Power, a workday starter that includes exercise, motivational reading and even a gratitude exercise. Lots of others have similar programs to get your day started on the right foot.
One common theme, especially important for today's modern world, is not starting your day with email. Most of these workday effectiveness programs recommend not looking at your email until your first segment of the day is complete. That segment looks different for each program, but mostly involves getting a handle on your priority list of the day and completing that one big important item on your list. Hence the quote above.
As our business grows and the work increases, it becomes more important to prioritize our work and remove distractions from our day. Becoming a better, more effective leader and business manager means handling our days with more effectiveness. The better you are and more effectively you run your business, the more people will want a part of your day. That's just natural. What's not natural, is finding a way to see the people you need to see to keep your business growing while not letting the distractions overwhelm you.
I struggle with this just like everyone else.
Do you have a strategy for managing your day more effectively? If so, why don't you share it with us.