Reading Chris Brogan’s post today I was thinking about how I start my day. I really think I should do this more often. Every time I do, I realize why some things are working and why some others are not. So here it goes.
Lately I have been waking up later than most folks at around 8 to 8:30 a.m. since I also go to bed at around 2 a.m. or 3 a.m.
The first thing I do in the morning is kiss my daughter. She is almost 7 months old so I try to make her giggle early in the morning. While Lucy prepares her breakfast, I make sure I am entertaining @danielalcolon until breakfast comes. Yes that might come with a diaper change but the love I have for her does not even make it a task. Before Daniela’s brekfast is ready, I might sneek into Chrisbrogan.com, @thebrandbuilder’s blog, and @margieclayman’s blog to see what is new (if I have to comment I make a note to visit it later). I might also read email, but after reading @ChrisBrogan ‘s post, I might change. Chris is completely right when he mentions that answering emails is taking care of other people’s priorities before mine.
After Daniela’s breakfast is ready @lucymfel takes care of feeding her. I take off to do my morning pages which is my first task of the day. I have been doing this exercise for almost two months and I really have gotten a lot of value out of it. I thank my friend @joesorge for mentioning it in his E-Book on being a small business owner and also recommending it to me via a chat we had.
Once I finish my writing which depending on what I have in my head can take different time intervals. I try to keep that first hour interruption free but in some occasions I don’t follow my own rules so I pay heavily and it takes me longer than I should. After I finish my morning pages I go in and comment on blogs and interact online for a good 15 to 20 minutes. I take another 10-15 minutes prioritizing my tasks. After that I have also learned from @chrisbrogan , I do at least one of the less important tasks because I know for sure the more important ones will be done.
For example today I have:
- to take a look at my editorial calendar for RaulColon.net
- Re-Format a Blog post for@lettycaban which she took the time to write for @papaheroes. Since it is a large list of great stuff and WordPress does not easily provide an easy way to add lists (that I know of)
- Try to look for a plugin that does a better job with lists
- Priority Task of making a few changes and additions to the FoodTruckfreak.com website which we launched yesterday along with @alexklevine who hired @cimapr
- Work on Re-design of Archipielago Restaurant to launch once the New Menu is ready.
- Tune into Kitchen Table Talks with Joe Sorge and Chris Brogan at 2pm on http://thepulsenetwork.com/live
- Take a look at how to market my new service line of Translation Services over at @cimapr
- Write my weekly post for @veglatino
- Write a post and review future posts in draft for @papaheroes
- Groom and Bathe my four legged son Juanga
- Take a peak at conversations at Kitchen Table Companies (Affiliate Link)
- Spend some time with my daughter so @lucymfel can take care of lunch and dinner
- Do some housework clean dishes, vacuum, and all the other great stuff a new Dad is suppose to do.
A large part of the day goes into answering client phone calls and taking care of other things that pop up in our lives that I quickly have to shift my priorities to. By having a constant list of things, it makes it easier for me to make sure I can stay on track with the many projects I am running and the many places where I am collaborate.
I have already shared how I battle distractions and at times I struggle with this.
Every time someone leaves a comment on my blog, I want to respond quickly. This also happens with many other forums where I participate and love the value most people bring to them.
My day changes and as I write this post, I realize I need to start making time to do a few other things during the day that are not work related; maybe go for a run or visit the Gym.
I wanted to share this with you with the expectations of getting feedback.
If you write a similar post, feel free to add it to the comments below and leave a comment on @chrisbrogan’s blog post. It would be great to see what your day is like.