I'm a morning person and how I start the first 30 minutes of my workday drastically affects my productivity. I thought a peek into my get-to-work routine might help inspire yours.
I sit at my desk with my monitor. Dual screen doubles my productivity.
Then I take a deep breath and start my Pomodoro timer.
I check on my weekly goals spreadsheet, marking which I've completed and get a sense of what needs to happen today. I adjust priorities as needed. (At a startup, priorities can change daily.)
In my goals spreadsheet, I add to my running list of my Fuck Yeahs, the great things that happened that week. Celebrating the wins starts me in a positive, abundant mindset.
Then I open my calendar. First I sit with the day. Does it feel doable? If I am stressed just by looking at it, I try to cancel something.
Then I make a plan for each meeting. What is my goal? What's the agenda?
Finally, I pick three priorities for the day and write those on a post-it above my desk. Then I map out on my calendar when I will get those done. If I don't have time, I again do a meeting purge or adjust my priorities. Having realistic expectations reduces stress.
I then take another deep breath and start tackling one of those three things.
Email can wait. A plan for the day will pay dividends.
What are you best morning habits?