Learn Tips from Successful People

Occasionally, I find an article that is truly inspiring to me as a business owner.  Beyond marketing your products, selling wholesale, and building websites, inspiration is the one thing that keeps us going — at least in my honest opinion!

Today’s featured article is from Fast Company.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

By Kevin Purdy|– August 22, 2012

How much does the first hour of every day matter? As it turns out, a lot. It can be the hour you see everything clearly, get one real thing done, and focus on the human side of work rather than your task list.

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.

The first hour of the workday goes a bit differently for Craig Newmark of Craigslist, David Karp of Tumblr, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, career writer (and Fast Company blogger) Brian Tracy, and others, and they’ll tell you it makes a big difference. Here are the first items on their daily to-do list. …


The article continues with some pointers (my comments in italics):

Don’t Check Your Email for the First Hour. Seriously. Stop That. (I’m busted!)

Gain Awareness, Be Grateful (I thought this was an excellent idea!)

Do the Big, Shoulder-Sagging Stuff First (Okay, okay!!)

Ask Yourself If You’re Doing What You Want to Do (Yes, I ask myself this everyday — in one form or another!)

“Customer Service” (or Your Own Equivalent) (BINGO, I win on this one!!)

At the end of the article is a wonderful quote by Steve Jobs.


What do you do in the first hour of your day?

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