Hack 26:   Set Up a Morning Dash

第26招: 建立一个晨间冲刺

Level         Easy

Platform     All

Cost          Free

级别           简单

平台           全平台

费用           免费

You love the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment you feel when you check off an item on your to-do list as done, completed, out the door, in the can. But so many things can keep you from getting to that moment, from unexpected emergencies to long and dragged-out meetings to getting waylaid by a  conversation with a co-worker in the hallway.

当你把一个待办事项从你的to-do清单中勾掉、搞定、一脚踢飞的时候,你一定爱死那种满足感和成就感了。但是很多事情总是阻碍你到达那个时刻,从没有预见的突发事件和拖沓冗长的会议,到在走廊里被撞见的同事逮到闲扯个老半天。

Although those spontaneous gear shifts are necessary and will inevitably  happen, there is one way to ensure that you’ll knock at least one task off your  list: dedicate the first hour of your day to your most important task —  before you check your email, listen to your voicemail, or  go to any meetings.

尽管这些自然发生的变动是必要的而且无法避免的,有一种方法可以确保你至少从清单里干掉一个任务:把你一天的第一个小时交给你最重要的任务——要优先于看邮件、听语音邮箱、或参加任何会议。

Get One Thing Done First

把一件事情先搞定

Author of Never Check Email in the Morning Julie Morgenstern suggests spending the first hour of your workday email-free. Choose one task — even a small one — and tackle it first thing.  Accomplishing something out of the gate sets the tone for the rest of your day and guarantees that no matter how many fires you’re tasked with putting out once you’ve opened your email client, you  still can say that you got something done. When you’re open for business and paying attention to incoming requests, it’s too easy to get swept away into the craziness. So get your day started off on the right foot, with just one thing done.

《永远不要在早上确认邮件》的作者Julie Morgenstern建议你工作日的第一个小时不要去碰邮件(译者注:国内好像邮件没那么重要)。选择一个任务——即使是一个很小的任务——然后视它为头等大事。从一开始就把某件事情完成奠定了你整个一天的基调,那样即便当你打开邮件后发现你要到处救火,你仍然可以保证,你可以对自己说你今天完成了一件事情。当你全情投入工作、问题纷至沓来的时候,很容易就手忙脚乱了。所以用正确的方式开始你的一天,用完成一件事情的方式。

Morgenstern writes, “Change the rhythm of the workday by starting out with your own drumbeat…. When you devote your first hour to concentrated work — a dash — the day starts with  you in charge of  it rather than the other way around. It’s a bold statement to the world (and yourself) that you can take control, pull away from the frenetic  pace, and create the time for quiet work when you need it. In reality, if you don’t  consciously create the space for the dashes, they won’t get done.”6

Morgenstern写道:“用你自己的节拍来开始新的一天,这样才能调整工作的韵律……当你把你的第一个小时用于需要集中力的工作——一个冲刺——的时候,这一天就是由你来控制它,而不是正好相反。这是一个向世界(也是向你自己)大胆的宣言,在需要的时候,你可以取得控制权,从狂乱的节奏里走出来,创造安静工作的时间。事实上,如果你没有有意识地为冲刺创造空间,这些事情就无法完成。”

To work this hack, you have to set yourself up for your morning dash.

为了实现这一招,你需要提振自己,为了晨间冲刺。

Park on a Downward Slope

下坡泊车

The point of this technique is to remove any thought or  planning from your first action of the day so that you can get rolling immediately  while you’re fresh and not distracted by incoming requests. That means you have to choose and gather your materials for the morning dash the evening before.

这个技巧的关键是一天的第一个动作不要包含任何的想法或计划,这样你才可以马上行动,趁你还清醒并且没有被纷至沓来的问题分心。这就意味着你不得不为在前一天晚上你的晨间冲刺选择和收集你的材料。

Near the end of each workday, as you straighten up your desk and get  ready to leave the office, decide on the next morning’s most important task. Make  sure it’s small, achievable, and important. That point is critical: to successfully  set yourself up for the next morning’s dash, you want to choose the smallest and  most doable to-do item that still matters.

在临近每个工作日的末尾,当你整理好自己的桌子准备闪人的时候,定好明天一早最重要的事情。确保这件事很小,可完成,而且很重要。这一点很重要:为了明天成功地让你能准备好晨间冲刺,你要找一件最小的、最具有可操作性、且仍然重要的待办事项。

Keep in mind that much of your work may be dependent on information stored in your email inbox. (I’ve worked this trick in earnest, only to find that during my dash, I had to open my email to retrieve information, and that bold number of unread messages threatened my focus and concentration.) The key is to set yourself up the night before with all the information you need to get your dash completed the next morning. Put all the materials you need to complete the task in a first thing folder on your desktop or taskbar.

脑子里要一直记得,你工作所需要的很多信息可能要存在你的邮箱里。(我曾经非常认真地去尝试这个技巧,发现当我冲刺的时候,我不得不打开我的邮箱去获取信息,而那壮观的未读邮件的数量让我的注意力抖了两抖。)关键是在前一天晚上准备的时候要把所有需要的信息全部准备好。把你要用于完成任务的所有素材放在一个“要事”文件夹里,放在桌上或任务栏里。

Write down your small, doable assignment, and place it somewhere you  will see it, even if it’s a Post-It note on your keyboard. When you arrive the next  morning, that’s the first thing you’re going to do — no matter what.

写下你小而可行的任务,放在某个你能看到的地方,或者仅仅是一个黏在你键盘上的即时贴。当你第二天早上来到的时候,那就是你第一件要做的事情——不管是什么。

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