The first hour of the workday is critical, since it can impact your productivity level and mindset for the rest of the day.
“Successful people understand the importance of having control over their mornings, and know how to use that time wisely,” says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job. “These people are able to weed out the noise in their first hour and focus on what matters.”
Everyone has their unique method of prioritizing, she says. “But all successful people stay focused when they start their day, and with years of practice, they realize that many things can wait, and others cannot.”
Here are 12 things successful people do in the first hour of the workday:
They step back and reflect. Taylor says it’s important to take a moment to look at the big picture. “It’s easy to jump in and ‘just do it’ when you get to work, but successful people look at their larger goals in order to better prioritize.”
They strategize. Successful people take a few minutes at the start of their workday to think about where their career or business should be going, says Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. “Few people spend much time on these questions to begin with, let alone when their brains are fresh. But pursuing strategic clarity is a worthy objective. It’s hard to get somewhere if you don’t know where you’re going.”
They check their to-do lists and calendars. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself first thing in the morning, but it’s important that you take a quick look at your to-do list and calendar to know what’s ahead. Missing any early meetings or deadlines would likely cause stress and could ruin your entire day.