Don't look at your email first thing in the morning. I know that's hard. Especially if you leave your phone within arm’s reach of your bed. But resist the urge to tap the mail icon.
In fact, don't look at your email during the first hour of your day. This is even more difficult. But worth it.
When we start with email, we tend to let that list of messages dictate the rest of our day. It begins to affect our better judgment. It often kills our ability to discern between what’s important and what seems urgent. And if creativity and innovation is required, email can extinguish any bright ideas fast.
There is little question that email will play an important part of your day today. But when both the day and your mind is fresh, take advantage of that opportunity. Spend 10 minutes reviewing your schedule and determine how you will tackle the coming hours. Take 20 minutes to do some brainstorming on issues that are important to you. Read an article on a subject that could propel your business forward.
There are plenty of hours in the day for email. Just make sure that your first hour isn't one of them.