19 things successful people do in the first 10 minutes of the workday

By Business Insider – How you handle the first 10 minutes of your workday can largely determine how productive and effective you’ll be the rest of the day.

“Getting off on the right foot isn’t just important with relationships. It’s important with the start of any workday, as well — particularly busy ones,” says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of “You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work.”

“The first 10 minutes can also set the tone and your attitude for the day — so it’s imperative that you start it off right, with a clean slate,” he says.

Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job,” agrees. “Those brief moments can predict your all-important mindset because they’re the first impression of your day ahead,” she says.

“The first few minutes at the office can be the most stressful because there’s a level of anxiety about what you may face: A sudden onslaught of urgent emails; last-minute crises or meetings; a call to stop by the boss’s office; a cranky coworker, and so on. It takes greater self-awareness, a positive mindset, and self-training each morning to counter what feels like negative gravity pulling you down as you face overwhelming demands,” she explains.

Kerr says successful people tend to thrive on routine and habits. “Creating consistent habits is largely what makes them successful,” he explains. “And a key time for habit-forming practices is at the start of the day.”

Here are 19 things the most successful people do in the first 10 minutes of their workday:

1. They show up on time.

The very first thing they do is show up … on time. When you rush to work or show up late, you’ll probably start the morning in a state of stress — which can affect the rest of your day.Wake up on time (don’t hit snooze!); eat a healthy breakfast; and give yourself enough time to get to work. Try to keep your mornings as calm and stress-free as possible.

2. They reflect.

Achieving your best results requires you to reflect on where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going, says Taylor. “Successful people build in quiet time and solitude to do this first thing. They ask themselves: ‘What did I accomplish toward my goals so far this week — or last week?’ ‘What is the status of my current project?’ ‘What do I need to accomplish today in light of this?'”
3. They take a moment to pause and be present.

‘This may sound very ‘Buddha-like,’ but it’s important,” Kerr says.”If you arrive and walk into a tumultuous situation with phones ringing and people clambering to see you, you run the risk of starting off on the wrong foot, getting derailed both emotionally and time-wise, and letting other people set the agenda for you,” he explains. Centering yourself and being fully present will help make sure you manage the day ahead, rather than allowing it to manage you.

4. They get comfortable.

Successful people take a minute at the beginning of the workday to make sure their chair is adjusted properly and the items they frequently access — keyboard, phone, computer mouse — are all in comfortable reach, Taylor says. “Ensure that you have proper lighting,” she adds. “Your day will go well if you have an ergonomic environment that’s functional.”

5. They organize their workspace area.

Not being able to find things is a huge office time waster. “So while you may pride yourself on jumping into the fray with no down time, clutter will catch up to you,” says Taylor. “Facing a clean or cleaner slate on your desk and desktop will better clear your mind for the day’s tasks.”

6. They stretch, stand, and walk.

Successful people make sure to stretch and get their circulation going before they get into a sedentary sitting position. “Consider walking or standing in the first few minutes of your workday,” Taylor suggests. “This can give you a feeling of greater control, too, as you tackle the day’s agenda — much as speakers establish authority by standing before their audience.”
7. They review their to-do list and prioritize.

“Get yourself current on priorities and tasks,” Taylor suggests. “Go beyond just making a list, and challenge yourself to create a realistic hierarchy for your projects.”

It’s vital to put the most important tasks first. Though the least desirable but critical projects are easy to put off first thing in the morning, your energy is strongest then, so that’s the ideal time to confront the most difficult assignments.

8. They visualize success.

By envisioning the positive outcomes of various projects at hand, you can work backward and determine the necessary steps to get your desired results.”This helps them remember the need to stick to the plan and focus on the things that are truly important and not simply urgent,” Kerr explains. Mentally running through the day “can also help you see where potential challenges may lie with how you’ve scheduled your day, so you can make the necessary adjustments,” Kerr says.
9. They adjust and map out their day.

Successful people review their calendars to assess if anything needs changing or rearranging with how their day is planned and to see if there’s any preparatory work that might need scheduling in before a call or meeting.

10. They don’t multitask.

Multitasking in the morning — when you have lots to do, tons of energy, and it feels like you can do two or three things at once — is tempting, but it sets your whole day back. Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time.

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Source: Business Insider



1 thought on “19 things successful people do in the first 10 minutes of the workday

  1. Hi Hymer, Thanks for sharing these tips. I recently read about the fact that we really can’t multi-task. Going back and forth from one task to another causes a cognitive switching penalty – aka – not doing anything really well. The book is called “The Personal MBA” by Josh Kaufman it’s very good. He recommends that instead of trying to multi-task that we use a “batching” technique to get more done in a day. I am trying to tackle this idea of doing three bigger projects in one day (that take thinking and require more than 20 minutes of time) and ten smalls ones (return phone calls, write and email, etc.

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