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Do You Start Your Day With Email and Social Media? Could Be A Bad Idea

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So how do you start your day? Do you get up, peacefully thinking about your day, do some stretching and then leisurely shower?

Yeah, I didn’t think so. It’s more likely that you are like me: scanning emails and social networks on your phone before you’re even out of bed, doing a mad dash to get the kid out the door to school, and guzzling caffeine. Since many of us work from home, we probably sit down at our computers (gotta make the most of those school hours!) and begin working long before we get a chance to hop into the shower.

But maybe that’s not the best way to start your day after all. An article in Fast Company talks about how successful people spend the first hour of their day.

Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school. But many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room every day. You should too.

There was a time in my life (BC, as in “before child”) when I used to start my day with a lovely long walk with my dog, then some reading of spiritually based books, journaling and meditating. I remember that time with such fondness; I didn’t have a laptop or computer booted up until a good hour or more into my day (yes, it was long ago, before smart phones). It was lovely.

It’s not practical, now. There’s nothing to be done, frankly, with the morning rush to school. But the truth is, you can start your day over at any time. I can make some simple changes that might help me focus! I can exercise after the kiddo’s off to school, or I can take some quiet time before getting online. There’s no reason, truthfully, that I need to start answering emails before I get out of bed.

I really love the way the Fast Company article ends, with a suggestion about taking time for “customer service.”

Your own version of customer service might be keeping in touch with contacts from year-ago projects, checking in with coworkers you don’t regularly interact with, asking questions of mentors, and just generally handling the human side of work that quickly gets lost between task list items. But do your customer service on the regular, and you’ll have a more reliable roster of helpers when the time comes.

Interestingly enough, many of my co-workers are really my fellow bloggers  — most of whom I chat with via social media. I think it would be lovely to start the day doing something like sending five tweets to cheer those friends up in the morning.

What do you think? Do you want to shake up your morning routine?

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