Here’s a précis of psychologist Ron Friedman’s HBR article on how to spend the first ten minutes of your day:
Ask yourself this question the moment you sit at your desk: The day is over and I am leaving the office with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. What have I achieved?
This exercise is usually effective at helping people distinguish between tasks that simply feel urgent from those that are truly important. Use it to determine the activities you want to focus your energy on.
Then—and this is important—create a plan of attack by breaking down complex tasks into specific actions. Studies show that when it comes to goals, the more specific you are about what you’re trying to achieve, the better your chances of success.
Idea for Impact: Organize Yourself Good Concentration
Starting your day by mulling over proactively on “what should I have achieved” is a wonderful aid in keeping the mind headed in the right direction.
Planning is easier when your energy levels are highest, which, for most people, is first thing in the morning.
Knowing what your goals are before you launch your day can help you focus the mind and hold it steadily to one thing at a time and in the right order.
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