This blog post reveals 5 ways successful people start their day so they get stuff done and achieve their goals.
The way you start the day isn’t always ideal. Sometimes you feel quite manic and are rushing to work. Other days you have lots of meetings. And sometimes you have so many emails to get through, you wonder when you’ll actually have the time and space to get things done.
If you’re looking for inspiration for how successful people with huge to do lists start their day and get things done, you’ve come to the right place.
Because in today’s blog post, I’m revealing 5 strategies for starting the day inspired by the routines of 5 working women.
#1 – Become an early riser and go through your to do list while the office is quiet
Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook says she has lots of things to do and it’s hard to keep on top of everything.
What helps her get through the day is organising and keeping track of her day with a “decidedly un-digital spiral-bound notebook.”
She smiled, “Once every item on a page is checked, I rip the page off and move to the next. This helps me get a few things done before other colleagues come to work and I get pulled into meetings all day. The best part of coming to work early is that not only do I get things done while it’s quiet, I’m able to leave the office at 5.30pm sharp.”
#2 – Respond to your most important emails before you get to the office
Emily Weiss, the Glossier Founder confesses she isn’t a morning person and couldn’t get up as early as Sheryl Sandberg.
She reportedly said “I start the day by taking it easy, responding to emails, checking social media updates and replying to the most important messages.”
Getting communication out of the way before she begins work enables Emily to focus her work day on the most important tasks at as high pace as possible.
#3 – Nourish yourself with a workout and meditation before work
By the time Maria Hatzistefanis the Founder of Nip + Fab gets to work, she’s already ticked off her wellness list.
For her it’s important to have some self care time before giving work any attention.
Maria said, “I go to the gym, I reply to emails while I’m on the go and when I get to the office I feel good. I feel like I’ve already accomplished so much. There’s coffee on my desk and I’m free to attend meetings and do everything else I need to do.”
#4 – Check in with your team to set them up for the day
Lauren Conrad, Designer and founder of laurenconrad.com, prefers to start her day with her team.
She said “I’m a young mum and my business is a very fast paced environment. It’s easy for me to be in and out of the office without really talking to people. So I make the conscious effort to build relationships with my team and place a huge importance on communication. This helps to keep everyone up to date on what’s going one, no matter how busy we all are”
#5 – Set your intention and prioritise one thing you’ll do today
One thing Oprah taught me many years ago, is the easiest way to get the most important things done is to start the day with your intention. Focus on one or two major things you’ll do and they will get done.
I run my business and as the CEO, there are so many things I have to do. It’s easy for me to get distracted with lots of little things, but not really move the needle forward.
That’s why it’s super important for me to be more strategic and intentional with my time. When I get clear on the most important tasks, and batch my activities so I focus on one task at a time, I get more done than when I do a little bit of everything everyday.
And that’s it.
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