Over the past week, I took the time to start with a win. And… I loved it!
Starting with a win was tough for the first couple of days. I’m used to getting to work and jumping into my email straight away. Which means, as many of you can understand, my to-do list gets derailed almost immediately, and I’m left scrambling to work on the important stuff at the end of the day.
So, I started with the task that was most important, finished as much of it as possible. then checked email. This allowed me to focus on the urgent and important tasks. Something that increases productivity – big time!
I felt better about managing the tasks on my list if I knew I was focused on priorities first. It made it easier to get more things done during the day, and it kept me, strangely enough, more focused for the rest of the day.
By the end of the week, I was looking at email messages through the same lens – was doing the task in the email right away urgent or important? Was it something that even needed a response from me, or was it just an FYI?
This is definitely something I’m going to adopt as a longer-term habit!
This week, the focus is on my brain. I’m taking up the reading challenge again because I enjoyed it the first time around. This time, I’ll be reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
Reading for at least a half an hour a day is supposed to increase focus and concentration. For the next few weeks, I’ll be working on a campaign that’s going to take a lot of energy, and will also require considerable attention to detail. By adding reading to my day, I’m hoping that it will stimulate my brain and keep me going.
What are you doing to change your approach in 2019? What are you adding or subtracting from your life? Reach out! I’d love to hear!