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How to Spend the First and Last 10 Minutes of the Work Day

How to Spend the First and Last 10 Minutes of the Work Day

November 04, 2010

Make it a habit to spend a little time every day planning your day and wrapping up your day.

The First 10-15 Minutes: Set aside at least 10 minutes at the beginning of the day to plan your day:

  • What calls and meetings on my calendar do I need to prepare for?
  • What are the three top things I’d like to accomplish today? Is time to complete those things on your calendar?
  • What is the most important thing for me to get accomplished this morning?
  • Are the activities represented on my calendar today consistent with my most valuable activities?

The Last 10-15 Minutes: Set aside at least 10 minutes at the end of the day to wrap up:

  • What important things did I accomplish today?
  • What meetings, calls and activities do I need to follow up on? Who do I need to follow up with?
  • Did I do a great job today of focusing on my most valuable activities? What corrections in course do I need to make tomorrow?
  • Is there anyone I need to reach out and say “thanks” to?

Begin your day with a plan and end your day with a recap – every day.