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Weekly Wisdom 4-13-2016

Post Date: 
Wednesday, April 13, 2016


The First 10 Minutes

Experts say that how you handle the first 10 minutes of your workday can largely determine how productive and effective you'll be the rest of the day.  "Getting off on the right foot isn't just important with relationships. It's important with the start of any workday, as well — particularly busy ones," says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker.  He attributes your overall tone and attitude to the first 10 minutes of the day. 

Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author says basically the same things: "Those brief moments can predict your all-important mindset because they're the first impression of your day ahead."  E-mails, last minute meetings, a cranky coworker, a rushed morning at home.  All of these can lead to that early morning anxiety. 

Kerr says that successful people tend to thrive on routine and habits: "Creating consistent habits is largely what makes them successful. And a key time for habit-forming practices is at the start of the day."  Check out 19 things most successful people do in the first 10 minutes of their workday at  My favorite: 

No. 13. They block out negativity.

Successful people don't dwell on any challenging events that occurred the previous night, the morning commute, or other frivolous thoughts.  "Compartmentalize by putting them in a separate 'box' as you start your (day)," Taylor says.

From the Rant and Rave section in Sunday’s Seattle Times:

RAVE  To all the kind folks who assisted in the search for my 86-year-old neighbor with Alzheimer’s who wandered away from home, including the construction crew who immediately fanned out to search, a runner who ran for blocks searching, and officers from the SPD.  Luckily, she was found safe.  A heartfelt embrace to those who shared that a loved one is suffering from this illness.  These wonderful folks showed we’re truly all in this together.

I’m always reading several books at one time.  Here’s a quote from
The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace, by Cy Wakeman:
Rule #1: 
Your Level of Accountability Determines Your Level of Happiness, so DON’T HOPE TO BE LUCKY.  CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY.

People who are accountable have an internal motivation to succeed, no matter what their obstacles.  It starts with a commitment to do whatever it takes to get the job done.


I write Weekly Wisdom as the Executive Director of Human Resources at Central Washington University. Having an eye for meaningful things, I include my own observations and thoughts, ideas I’ve recently encountered, and/or topics that are of current importance. I like to think that others will find reading Weekly Wisdom worth their time.  
     Staci Sleigh-Layman

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