Improved productivity has been on my mind recently. Thankfully, there are tips, articles, and entire books on the topic. A quick Google search will uncover…well, 97.9 million options. (I just checked it for you.)
In looking through several recent articles as well as notes I’ve made in the past, I was struck by the importance so many writers put on mornings…and evenings. This rings true, and let me tell you why.
An article in Forbes noted that highly productive people practice a consistent morning routine. “My single greatest surprise while interviewing over 200 highly successful people was how many of them wanted to share their morning ritual with me,” said writer Kevin Kruse. “While I heard about a wide variety of habits, most people I interviewed nurtured their body in the morning with water, a healthy breakfast and light exercise. They nurtured their mind with meditation or prayer, inspirational reading, and journaling.” And when they started to work in the morning…
“Ultra productive people know their Most Important Task (MIT) and work on it for one to two hours each morning, without interruptions. Tom Ziglar, CEO of Ziglar Inc., shared, ‘Invest the first part of your day working on your number one priority that will help build your business.’ What task will have the biggest impact on reaching your goal?”
As a morning person, I get this. Your first hours awake can be a time of great clarity and focus. So what were the suggestions that struck me about the evening? In the same article by Kevin Kruse, he noted that productive people “make it home for dinner.”
“There is always more to be done, more that should be done, always more than can be done. Highly successful people know what they value in life. Yes, work, but also what else they value. There is no right answer, but for many, values include: family time, exercise, giving back. They consciously allocate their 1,440 minutes a day to each area they value (i.e., they put it on their calendar) and then they stick to the schedule.”
A different article on bad habits to break if you want to increase productivity, focused first on how one spends time in the evening. Using your phone, tablet, or computer in bed is a sure-fire way to harm sleep and productivity. But…I bet you knew that already. You probably read it online at some point.
Here’s to productive mornings…and evenings.
Have a great week.
More to come…