The other thing I found interesting in this New York Times post on getting everything done is the suggestion not to check your email first thing in the morning. Here’s what Jessica Johnson of Johnson Security Bureau does instead:
Every morning, she spends an hour at home, sitting in a quiet place with paper and pen.
“That first hour has to be for me,” Ms. Johnson said. “I drink a glass of water and start writing: if I only accomplish three things today, what are those three things going to be?” Jumping into the demands of addressing calls and e-mails “throws you all off kilter,” she added.
The fact that my cell phone also serves as my alarm clock makes that difficult (or, to be more precise, my baby serves as my alarm clock, while my cell phone confirms that it’s 6:00am and therefore unrealistic to expect him to sleep any longer). But in my pre-baby existence, I did try to do something like it. Maybe I can learn to be more disciplined and just use my phone to check the time rather than getting distracted by the news that I’ve got messages.