This week, I’m blogging about a few productivity hacks that have helped to change the volume and value of the work I accomplish in the day.
PRODUCTIVITY HACK: THE FIRST HOUR
I am not a morning person. I’ve had to train myself to get up early (well, earlier than I want to) and get to work. I have no trouble staying up really late at night but the mornings are hard.
When I first wake up, I move slowly. I sit at my desk, I drink my coffee, I scan email and Facebook and Twitter and blog comments and all that kind of stuff. I look at the list of stuff I need to do for the day. Before you know it, I’ve blazed through an hour and I think to myself, “well, I should probably get to work.”
But I’ve noticed something else about that first hour: When I do get to my desk and start work immediately, I get a LOT done in that first hour. It’s a great hour. I’m productive. Even though my brain is cobwebby still, I can rock out a bunch of work.
And I’ve noticed something else, too: On the days when I sit at my desk and immediately do work for an hour, I get way more done throughout the entire day than the days when I start more slowly. I’m not sure why that is. It’s as if that first hour sets the tone of the day and the rest of my day rolls along on the momentum I gained early on.
So give it a try! Identify those activities that you usually do first thing in the morning (I’m guessing email, Facebook, and Twitter are part of it) and hold off on them until you get in a solid hour of work on something big. You’ll love it… and I promise that you won’t miss anything!