How to make the best use of your mornings

SMH ran an interesting article by Eli Greenblat the other day, advising us to spend a few moments to take some deep breaths, ‘be in the present’ and think about our top priorities for the day; and for the next 30 to 90 minutes, to work on those priorities. Unaware that this is part of a Buddhist mindfulness tradition, I’ve done that for years and I concur–it helps get the important tasks done. Only after you’ve kicked a few goals should you check those time-consuming and often unimportant emails!

And here are my other favourite strategies for improving your productivity:

  • Prioritise important tasks, not easy ones.
  • Don’t go for short-term gains at the expense of long-term goals.
  • Get enough sleep and your share of play, too.
  • If you feel overwhelmed, ditch unimportant tasks, at least temporarily by delegating them or dumping them.

Discussion questions

What can you do to make your days more productive? (To find out how to determine your priorities, check out pages 204 to 212. You’ll find other good ideas for improving your productivity on pages 216 to 225 of the text.)