When you get to work in the morning, how do you start your day? Do you immediately check your voicemail and email to see what you missed since leaving the office, or do you make a plan of action for the rest of the day?
According to a quiz from Leadership IQ, about 66% of people start with their email or voicemail, while the remainder hold off until after they’ve established their daily plan. Mark Murphy worked with the data from this Leadership IQ online test and came to some troubling conclusions. Murphy found that those who checked their email first thing were 82% more likely to also respond that they wasted more than half their time at work. However, those who started their day by planning were 45% more likely to feel as though they had “a really successful day”.
This data obviously goes to show that before diving head first into correspondence, it’s vital to take a few minutes to set a list of goals for yourself. Your daily goals don’t have to turn into an intense, detailed schedule of everything you must accomplish on a given day. What’s important is that you create a list- no matter the length or focus- and commit to completing it. How do you start your mornings? Leave your tips in the comments below!