Life moves fast these days—for the employed and the job seeker alike. It can be easy—too easy—to find yourself at three in the afternoon wondering what you did with your day. The most successful people have gotten that way because they’ve developed a routine that sets them up for success throughout their day. You can do that, too…on the job or at home.
Prepare for a productive, successful morning the evening before. Write a To Do list for the next day, but be choosy about what tasks or goals you include. Jot only the two or three most important things you need to get done—those things which have the greatest (real or potential) impact on your career, your finances, your happiness. If you’ll need materials or phone numbers to accomplish those tasks, have them at the ready along with the list before you go to bed.
Get enough sleep. Not everyone needs eight hours of sleep, but your body does have a minimum it needs to feel optimal in the morning. Figure out how much you need and be sure to get it. Successful people don’t stumble through the day in a mental fog caused by lack of sleep.
Don’t check email first thing in the morning. Instead, do the first task on your list, get some exercise, eat a healthy, energy-boosting breakfast, and then check your email, Facebook updates, and the like. Getting sucked into social media or non-urgent emails is the worst culprit for unproductive mornings (and entire days!), so don’t even lay eyes on those things until you’ve accomplished at least a minimum of high-priority activities. Most people can do this in about an hour each morning and it will set you up for success throughout your day.
About this Examiner: Kathryn Marion is the award-winning author of GRADS: TAKE CHARGE of Your First Year After College!, the most comprehensive resource for navigating the world of work and independent living after graduation, as well as host of the book’s companion resource site, www.GradsTakeCharge.com. The print edition of GRADS: TAKE CHARGE is available through Amazon and other online booksellers. The e-book edition is available through e-junkie.
Kathryn also coaches students, graduates, and career changers as well as consults with small businesses and aspiring authors.
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