How To Spend The First And Last 10 Minutes Of Your Workday

Make it a habit to spend a little time every day planning your workday and wrapping up your day. Related: 7 Ways To Stay Productive At Work Here are some habits to get into:


The First 10-15 Minutes

Set aside at least 10 minutes at the beginning of the day to plan your day:
  • What calls and meetings on my calendar do I need to prepare for?
  • What are the three top things I'd like to accomplish today? Is time to complete those things on your calendar?
  • What is the most important thing for me to get accomplished this morning?
  • Are the activities represented on my calendar today consistent with my most valuable activities?

The Last 10-15 Minutes

Set aside at least 10 minutes at the end of the day to wrap up:
  • What important things did I accomplish today?
  • What meetings, calls, and activities do I need to follow up on? Who do I need to follow up with?
  • Did I do a great job today of focusing on my most valuable activities? What corrections in course do I need to make tomorrow?
  • Is there anyone I need to reach out and say "thanks" to?
Begin your day with a plan and end your day with a recap - every day.

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