How does your morning begin? Most often after morning procedures, coffee and travel to the office (or to the laptop, if you work at home), it’s time for the morning e-mail. This is the biggest mistake that can be made.
Imagine that your brain is also a computer. At the beginning of the day, its capacity is full, and the memory is still not “clogged up”. You can start any business. But you decide to check the mail, reply to “two or three” letters that “cannot wait” until noon. Meanwhile, “on the background” more priority tasks are accumulating, which you have “postponed” so far and began to disassemble the “routine” small mail. Filling out your attention and the possibilities of the “morning” brain with small tasks and secondary uninteresting things leads to a rapid appearance of a sense of restraint in you – and before the lunch break you are tired, and important tasks have not been fulfilled so far, so you “sorted the mail”.
Go to energy management, not time management
Time management is one continuous illusion. You do not control time, but time “drives you” or vice versa “gives odds”. In the first half of the day, energy is enough to write new materials, create new projects.
Therefore, focus on building a schedule, in which the most creative, complex and urgent tasks are to be solved in the morning. It’s not too urgent to “drag” things in your calendar for the second half of the day, towards evening. One can also include disassemblies of business correspondence, telephone and messenger communication, interviews and meetings, data analysis and calculation of financial reports.
Leave your Smartphone in another room
The first few hours of the working day are critical in terms of productivity and efficiency – we have already found out. And now remember how many times messengers, social network reminders or just service messages from customer care, mobile applications distract you during the morning. Instead of focusing on work, you have to at least 10-20 seconds to get distracted each time to your smart phone – and this destroys all the performance.
Always maximize the windows of the program or browser to full screen
Even if you are just reading an article or writing a post for a blog, or viewing an archive with important documents – expand the window of the current application to the full screen. No additional windows with chats, video, monitoring tweets. It all distracts you directly or indirectly from what you are working on right now.
In the morning, “remove” all secondary tasks out of sight
All new tasks cannot be Urgent at the same time. There are always two – a maximum of three cases that require your attention and urgent decision within the next few hours. That’s it and they should be engaged, while you have time and energy.
And of course, writing articles, writing scripts, everything that requires imagination and “creating something out of nothing” is all better done in the morning. Otherwise, you may fall into the trap of a “creative crisis”.