What you do in the first hour of your work day is the most crucial hour of the day. It is often times the hour that is going to set the tone for the rest of the day. It also can define your mood and the mood of others around you. How you spend the first hour of your work day can make a big difference on your energy level and productivity.
According to this article posted on FastCompany.com, here are some tips from some very successful people and how what they do within their first hour of the work day is a reason for their success.
- Avoid Checking E-mail. This is probably a tough one for most people, but if you can try to avoid checking e-mail the first hour and fill that hour with something else that can actually mean something, you will find yourself already starting the day off on the right foot. In today’s day and age, many people are attached at the hip to their job. With all of the development of technology, including smart phones and tablets, people have become more and more connected. This isn’t always a bad thing, but it can wear on you. If at all possible, disconnect the first hour of your day and fill it with a task that will actually mean something for you and your company.
- Become Aware and Express Gratitude. Avid followers of Tony Robbins are already aware of his tips for success, whether it’s an “Hour of Power”, “Thirty Minutes to Thrive” or “Fifteen Minutes to Fulfillment”. Use part of your first hour of your work day to think about everything in your life–personal and professional–worth being grateful for. Click here to listen to an MP3 clip of Tony Robbins’ “Hour of Power” segment.
- Eat a Frog. Not literally, of course! This is play on Brian Tracy’s time-management book titled, Eat That Frog, which gets its title from Mark Twain’s saying that if you eat a frog in the morning, you will always have the frog behind you for the rest of the day. Find what task will get you going and do it first, before checking your e-mail, and you’ll already find yourself well on your way to success.
- Do What You Want to Do. Being unfulfilled at work and with the tasks that you perform will only result in procrastination, inefficiency and unhappiness. When you’re doing the tasks that you want to do, you will find yourself energized and motivated. If possible, save the more undesirable tasks for later on in the day. Use your first hour of the day to do what you want, because you will have the most energy and motivation to get it done–and get it done well!
- Help Someone Else. Not everyone’s job entails customer service or client interaction, but there is something to be said about the fulfillment that helping another can bring. Spend the first hour of your day helping a customer, client or even a coworker to help start the day off right. Customer service is a main reason for repeat sales. So, spend your first hour getting in touch with your customers.
These are just some helpful hints at what other successful people do in their first hour of their work day. What things do you do in your first hour of your work day? Do you think you might be due for a change? Try it for a week and see if you find yourself more energized, more productive and perhaps even a bit more successful along the way.
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