How do successful people spend the first hour of their day?
I don't think I am the most efficient person with my time. I have been trying a few different things to better manage my time and segment my day to have work time and personal time. However, I haven't found a great system yet. I am particularly curious how others kick their day off. I tend to think that starting off right can help set you up for a successful day and would like to hear what has worked for others.
A late response, but what the heck...
As Birkenstock as it may sound, I dedicate the first 10 minutes (after the dog is fed) to meditation – primarily gratitude for family, my health, my job, and that no asteroid has currently been discovered targeting earth (well, outside of the incoming administration).
The next hour is the gym – that includes the 10 minute round trip commute and the shower. That usually brings me to 7:00 AM. The next hour, I write.
I do those things, and the rest of the day tends to unfold brilliantly.
I have read the several books on the holy hour and I think most of them talk about spending the first hour spending in soltitude and meditation. I think the first hour of the day is spent on preparing for the rest of the day starting with gratitude for all that we currently have and then preparing for going to the next level. Some people also talk about positive affirmations in the morning like - Today is going to be the best day ever, God is always with me, I am the winner, Today is My Day etc. etc.
I hit the shower asap. It's amazing how revitalizing it can be. Other than the obvious cleanliness reasons, for me it is a spiritual renewal, approaching the new day free of the previous days impurities.
I find that listen to something Inspirational/motivational after I am clothed. I flip flop between between two audio books. I have a favorite author/coach that meshes well with industry. I find that no matter how bad the previous day was, it helps to shake it off and approach the new day with a renewed enthusiasm. They also serve to remind me that I can never rest on my laurels. Keep Moving forward
I eat a couple of handfuls of fresh fruit, maybe a bagel, plan my day, and hit the ground running. No paper shuffling, no tweeting, get out and make some sales calls. Daylight is burning… time is money.
Kate - First hour of the day = coffee, the newspaper & classical music. Then you're caffeinated, informed and centered - and ready to tackle the online insanity - and the rest of your day! :-)
I recommend a few things: First, have a personal and professional goal. Second, select a few positive habits you want to develop, or reinforce. Third, develop a gratitude list, as well as a list of your accomplishments/strengths that you've achieved in your life (don't skimp on these last two...give yourself credit!).
I'd wake up every day 20-30 minutes earlier than I do now, Spend a few minutes in reflection (or prayer if you are a religious person). Then I'd reflect on all the thing I have to be grateful for, and that I've accomplished. I"d then write out my goals, new behaviors, and my affirmations in a spiral notebook....and I'd repeat them to myself throughout the day.
I'd then pick out one BIG thing I HAVE to accomplish that day...the one that will make the day worthwhile if that's ALL I can do. I'd also pick at least one thing that I've been procrastinating (cleaning my car, balancing my checkbook, straightening up my desk, etc.). and make sure I get that done. Getting rid of chronic, aggravating little tasks can help your brain to "close that loop" and get rid of that nagging feeling that you have too many odds and ends to take care of.
If you have time, I'd do a quick workout as well. If you start your day with gratitude, self-confidence, focus, and a few concrete goals, along with a quick workout, it will put you in a good, positive, focused frame of mind to start the day.
I find that planning your day is the most important first steps to your workday. It helps you set the right priorities and stay focused on what matters.
Do whatever is the most important thing to do for that day. Even if you only get 1 thing done, it was the most important. Be careful how you prioritize. :-)
First of all, I write down my priority of tasks quickly and start the first item to complete. In between no multi tasks or jumping another item etc., No checking emails or calls. Just start the work for first 2 hours to complete the most of the tasks.
time management is a important thing for anyone, especially for the business owners,
i would suggest you build up a habit fits your schedule for the things have to be done, block some time spots for those too.
it is challenge for everyone, i feel the key is how to do self-control to build up the successful habits.
someone do what they like to do, someone do what they need to do.and
Mark Twain said: "eat the frog first thing in the morning".