There are days when my mornings are spent tending to unanticipated customer emergencies, participating in last minute staff/team meetings , and responding to overly complicated — and time consuming — emails. On mornings like this, everything gets done — except the things originally on my to do list. On days like this, it is important to implement a midday work reboot, to salvage the rest of the day.
- Recharge your mind and body, by going for a 20-30 minute walk at lunch (or if you’re ambitious, you can become a midday runner or gym warrior).
- Replenish your body and mind, by drinking a cup of hot (or cold) water, with the juice of one lemon.
- Update your to-do list, by deleting completed tasks; and by adding any newly arisen , or high priority tasks.
- Reevaluate and prioritize your updated to-do list, to determine which tasks should be delegated, renegotiated (i.e. projects with competing deadlines), tackled right way, or left for another day (or later in the day).
- At the end of the day update your to-do list, so that you have a clear plan for the next day. Tip: Complete a monthly audit of your workflow, to better assess how best to manage/tackle your overall workload.
- When the next work day rolls around, repeat steps 1-5, if you find that you have once again lost control of your morning.