May 26, 2007

Whats The First Thing?

When you get to work whats the first thing you do? In my opinion how you invest in the first 15 minutes sets the stage for the next 8 hours.

In my case if I don't get these first 15 minutes, I feel lost the entire day. The vast majority of people use the time for setting goals for the rest of the workday. I'm in this category. There are many ways to do this, for example:
  • Entrepreneurs I know, do three things - they check their bank balances, look at their sales reports, and then check email/calendar to see what the rest of their day holds for them.
  • Others do just that - check mail and appointments, then attack the highest priority emails first.
  • Some read the news online as a way to clear their heads.
  • If you sell a product or service into foreign markets, you may check on the day's exchange rates.
  • There are people that need to socialize with others to get ideas or informally get an update.

But are there any out of the box ways to spend the first 15 minutes? Here are a couple of ideas:

  • Listen to a business podcast at iTunes. You can pick from Business Week, Harvard Business Review, etc...
  • Talk a Walk outside. Sometimes a brisk walk is all you need to gain clarity of purpose for the work ahead.
  • Listen in on inbound customer calls. If you have a contact centre in your company, I highly recommend grabbing a headset and auditing the first calls of the day. I've personally found this to be energizing!
  • Search the Web. Pick the number one thing that's keeping you up at night and search it. Then read the top 5 results for inspiration!

I don't think its important what you do to get in mode...but I think its critical to do something!

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