- Toby Sinclair
5 Daily Habits to Boost Productivity BEFORE you Go Online
“Focused, productive successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days – which inevitably create a successful life.” Hal Elrod
When I arrive to my office….
I will not check my emails
A hard habit to build. Don’t sit down at your desk and dive straight into emails. Starting in this reactive way, will lead to low focus and progress.
I will fill my Water Bottle
Super simple but important. Read more
I will write my gratitude journal
One sentence, on a Post-It Note, describing something to be grateful for. Stick to workstation as a reminder. Helps on even the worst of days.
I will Review Weekly Goals
Spend 10 minutes Monday mornings setting 3 goals to achieve in the week.
2 work related, 1 personal.
Keep this simple. No SMART objectives. A simple statement of intent.
Review progress every morning.
Red – Off Track
Amber – Risky
Green – On Track
Use a Good Notes Journal or paper.
I will Refine Task List on To Do
Microsoft To Do is a great tool. Prioritise with the Eisenhower method
See how many items you can put into the “Don’t Do” list. It’s my most important list!
When working in a team, you might use a task management tool like JIRA.
Only now is the time to go online
Now is the time to go online. Start with these two habits to help continue focus:
I will review emails (Action simple, Add Harder tasks to To Do list)
Review inbox. Action simple items that that need less than 2 minutes. Add any other actions to To Do list in prioritised order.
I will schedule my diary
Habits performed so far give three crucial pieces of information:
Status on Weekly Goals
To Do List
Current Diary Commitments
Organise your day to complete the most important items not only urgent matters.
Two factors to boost your success
I perform these habits in the same location and roughly same time every day. This environmental prompt can increase your ability to form habits
If you have ever walked into your kitchen, seen a plate of cookies on the counter, and eaten them just because they are there in front of you, then you understand the power of location on our behavior. James Clear
Read more: https://jamesclear.com/habit-triggers
These habits are small in size but big in impact. Each habit takes minutes to perform but have a huge impact on my productivity. This routine provides stability and comfort, reducing my morning anxiety and stress.
Read my book summary: Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg for more inspiration