Successful People Never Do This First Thing in the Morning

Lauren Powell


Productivity is the key to success, so it’s crucial we master it. We’ve previously taken on board the three things highly productive people do and have tested the most effective productivity hacks according to start-up CEO’s, but it’s what we do at the beginning of our working day that counts.  

Business Insider Australia has done some research and rounded up the mistakes people make within the first 10 minutes of their workday which could affect your productivity for the day ahead. From turning up late to not setting a schedule for the day, there are some common habits that could send your working day into a spin. Scroll down, increase your chances of maximum efficiency at the office, and find out what not to do at the start of your day.

Getting in late

Don’t ruin your workday before it even begins. As reported by Business Insider Australia, a recent study, cited on the Huffington Post, found that bosses generally see employees who come in later as less conscientious and give them lower performance ratings—even if those employees leave later, too.

Answering every email in your inbox 

It’s so tempting to clear your inbox when you arrive at the office in an attempt to start your day with a clean slate. But according to Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of 'You Can't Be Serious! Putting Humour to Work,' the first 10 minutes of the workday should be spent swiftly scanning emails so you can priortise and leave the rest for later.

Not setting a schedule for the day

Before you get started on tasks, Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of 'Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behaviour and Thrive in Your Job' suggests writing down your top priorities, highlighting your must-dos, and reviewing your calendar will organise you for the day ahead.

Doing the easiest tasks first

Research suggests that your energy and drive deteriorates as the day goes on which is why it’s essential to tick off the important tasks first thing.

This strategy is commonly called 'eating the frog,' based on a quotation from Mark Twain: 'Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.'


Rather than attempting to do 10 things at once as soon as you walk through the office door, doing just one thing at a time will improve your performance and set a positive tone for the day.

To find out what other common habits could be hindering your productivity, head to Business Insider Australia and invest in an alarm clock so you’re never late again.

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