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How You Use Your Mornings - A Time Management Strategy
Category: Personal Productivity, Time Management
I woke up this morning after being up rather late and knew
that it was a crunch day. Within
the next 24 hours I’d need to hop on a plane and be out of the office for the
next few days.
In those few moments I felt slightly pressured and
overwhelmed which lead to a bit of emotional and mental confusion, (by the way,
I call this “brain fog”). What
should I work on first?....what could wait until Monday?
I could have just barreled in, but time was precious I
needed to work on what was most crucial.
I realized I couldn’t let the pressure “pressure” me into the wrong
decision. So, I decided to take a
5 minute mind clearing break.
I gave myself permission to step away from my desk, move
into a physical space where I could clear my mind. Ah….a break through! Just giving myself permission to
“take 5” and step away helped my mind to calm down and my emotions to come to
In the clarity of that moment, I was able to get a better
view of what was crucial and what was not.
Honestly, I have days where I didn’t do that first thing in
the morning and ended up working on the wrong things at the wrong time. In
those cases, a few critical things fell through the cracks; it wasn’t pretty.
What I’m describing is the power of a moment…a moment you
take in the morning to gain clarity on the day that could make all the
difference. I’m calling it the Morning
You know it’s just harder to work in a fog; it takes more
energy and the quality of your work may suffer.
So let me recommend creating the practice of “The Morning Mindset.”
Additionally, this principle of “taking five” is not
reserved for the morning. Anytime,
you’re feeling confused for what ever the reason, give yourself permission to
take five…that practice could make all the difference!