What You Should Be Doing When You Get to Work
I have a touch of A.D.D. I'm the first one to admit that I am easily distracted, but for some who aren't afflicted with Squirrel Syndrome, they can still get derailed. Especially when there are so many things to do when you get to your desk, so here's what you should be doing when you get to work.
I have a routine when I get to work and I don't deviate much from it and I thank my mother for making me a list person because I feel way more organized that way, so if you have a tendency to be a little disorganized making a list may help and these should be the first six things on it.
Being punctual is always a huge help. Believe it or not, there is a lot of prep work that goes in to the Get Up & Go Show, so I get to work at 5:30am. Sometimes earlier. If I get stopped by a train and I'm a few minutes late, it can throw off the whole morning because I feel like I'm late. Even though I'm not, I still feel a little "off" all morning. No one notices if I'm late, but it's not a great way to start the day. If you find that you're stressed right away in the morning, try getting to work ten or 15 minutes early so you have time to ease into your tasks.
Remember to breathe. If you're a worker bee all day long and you get frustrated when you remember everything that you have to get done during the day, grab a cup of coffee, take a seat at your desk and take a few deep breaths. Your commute to work can be stressful in and of itself and if you have kids and a husband to get out the door on time before you get in the car, that can sometimes be worse looking for backpacks, homework, shoes or anything else so if you start the day stressed out, it could trickle down throughout the day, so take a few moments to breathe and relax when you get to work. One relaxation technique I have is to breathe in deep through my nose to the count of four, pause for one and then out through my mouth to the count of four. I just do this a few times and always feel much better.
Every day when Chad and I are done on the air, I sit down and make a list of what I need to get done throughout the day so I know what I need to get done and add a few things I'd like to accomplish, but I don't check things off one at a time. I do like two or three and then check them off. Makes me feel like I did more.
Email is one of the main ways we communicate in the business world today, so while you're relaxing at your desk before you hit the ground running, it's important to not get distracted by voice mails and emails. When drinking your first cup of coffee and doing the breathing exercises, don't turn on your computer. If you must check them, try and skip what isn't urgent, so in other words, don't get hung up on the cute kitten YouTube video.