The important first hour

2014-03-27

How truly successful people spend their morning! Stop checking your work emails at home, listen to Steve Jobs and get help from a frog…

When your calendar is chock-a-block and the days are blurring into one, it's sometimes easy to lose your footing and forget what's important around you. Mark Twain once wrote: "Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day..."
Which essentially means: Get up, challenge yourself and don't get stuck in the monotonous hamster wheel. For example, David Karp, Tumblr founder, does not check his work emails when at home. "If someone wants me, they'll ring me. Otherwise, if it's not urgent, it can wait. You have to prioritise your time."
Instead of burying yourself in paperwork when you get to work, face up to that tough task or conversation you've been putting off, and still needs doing. Or take a walk around the office to talk to colleagues you'd normally not have much contact with. Give yourself 30 minutes to break your familiar routine and "find your own frog"! As Steve Jobs once said: "I look in the mirror every morning and ask myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?"