Many high-achieving women front load their day with the most important activities on their ‘to-do’ list. This can have a huge impact on your small business and your effectiveness as a leader.
I want to share six activities that I do when I front load my day and hopefully you will use some of the strategies to start of your day and improve your life as a high-achieving small business owner:
- Scan your email quickly–but don’t get sucked in.
Some productivity experts urge you to avoid checking your emails first thing in the morning. But, for many small business owners, that advice isn’t realistic.
So, how do you avoid getting sucked into your inbox for two or three hours of your day?
Well, I use filters and folders so lower priority emails don’t go to my main inbox. Each morning, I take two to three minutes to scan my inbox for important emails that require immediate attention, then schedule a block of time later in the day (after I eat the frog) to respond to less urgent messages.
For example, I always response immediately to client emails, then after I eat the frog, I respond to all other emails.
- Fuel up your body.
My mother always insisted that we eat a healthy breakfast. Now that I am an adult, I never skip breakfast – turns out she was right. I have discovered that what I eat actually affects my productivity.
That’s because food gives the brain the energy needed to stay on task. Stick with foods that allow for a slow, steady stream of glucose to enter your body. I eat a bowl of oatmeal topped with berries with a small glass of coconut milk for the healthy fat.
Other days I will have egg whites, yogurt, granola, and one slice of wheat toast with a glass of V8 Fusion juice.
When you eat whole, unprocessed foods, it helps keep you more focused. Your energy levels will stay steady all day long.
- Get your blood pumping.
If you exercise in the morning (which is what I do), you’re more likely to fit physical activity into your day. In fact, one study found that the tasks you do during the workday can zap your desire to go to the gym after your workday.
Studies have shown that you don’t need to squeeze in a long, strenuous workout session before work. Twenty minutes of jogging on a treadmill or a 45-minute brisk walk can reduce your anxiety and boost your “executive functions” like decision-making, problem solving and planning. These types of ‘exercise benefits’ kick in pretty much instantly and the results will show.
Remember that personal productivity is a key differentiator between those who succeed in their chosen career or business field and those who do not.
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