When you walk into work in the morning, do you ever find yourself wondering where to start first? There’s the flashing light on your phone, indicating you have messages to check. The inbox on your desk has spawned more paperwork overnight. And who knows what urgent emails are waiting for you once you turn on your computer.
Instead of running for the hills, try this quick way to get your efficiency going in the morning. Give yourself ten minutes at the start of each day to tackle these five tasks (spending no more than two minutes on each):
- Checking your voicemail
- Going through your inbox
- Opening your email
- Reviewing your calendar
- Creating your daily to-do list
“Every action and activity should make a positive contribution to your plan,” says Pat Mayfield, president of Pat Mayfield Consulting, LLC in the article Increase Your Efficiency at Work. Make these tasks the first things you do, whether you feel like it or not. Pretty soon, it will become routine. “More often than not,” says Mayfield, “your motivation will catch up with your actions.”