We all know the “pay yourself first” rule when it comes to budgeting and that’s a spectacular practice to follow. Now, extend it to your time. One of the best productivity tricks in the world is to spend the first hour of your day doing your most important task.
Before you check email, pick the most important task you have today and do it.
This rule was highlighted in the book, Eat That Frog!: 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. Block the first hour or two on your calendar every day and train yourself to knock out your highest priority item. If you’re not sure what that is, pick the thing that will best drive you toward your long-term goals. Failing that, pick the task that would make you stay at work late until you finish it.
You’ll gain momentum for the rest of your day and you’ll feel amazing once your most important task is behind you.