Don’t check your email!
Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school. But many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room every day. You should too.
The first hour of the workday goes a bit differently for Craig Newmark of Craigslist, David Karp of Tumblr, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, career writer (and Fast Company blogger) Brian Tracy, and others, and they’ll tell you it makes a big difference. Here are the first items on their daily to-do list.
I will never be successful, because the first thing everyone always expects me to do is check my email.
It’s actually the first thing I do when I get up in the morning. I turn off the alarm, then check my business accounts. I am still in bed, still have morning breath, can barely focus my eyes, but I’m responding to email, because otherwise, I am not long for employment.
And, no, it’s not what I want to be doing for a living, but it’s far better than a lot of alternatives and is streets away from unemployment.
I will never be successful.