Have you noticed that iced tea that is sweetened when the tea is
warm tastes way different than iced tea with the same amount of sugar
added after it’s cold?
One difference is that more sugar dissolves when the tea is warm.
But there is more to it than this – the taste is still very different.
Those of you who enjoy sweet tea from the south will agree with me on
Add ice or chill.
Add ice or chill
Apples and oranges, really.
What if you made a few small modifications to the order of your
management regimen? Would the outcomes be different? Absolutely they
When do you plan – morning, after lunch, or just before leaving (hint: never is not a good answer)?
When do you check in with staff?
When do you book meetings (hint: never is a better answer here)?
When do you set aside time for creative thinking?
When do you organize?
When do you read your emails (hint: constantly is not a good answer)?
When do you return calls?
When do you go to lunch?
Try changing your routine up a bit. Think about your natural energy
cycles and the times of day that best facilitate getting things done.
For example. I like taking 20 minutes right after lunch and planning
for the rest of the day and next morning. I find that a second half day
focus helps me get more of the right things done. Doing this only in
the morning is OK, but then what if your day gets away from you? Having
an after lunch check can help you recover the day.
Also, you might try having lunch at odd times. Often the noon hour
is a great time to get things done because everyone else is focused on
food and more people are out of the office. Use the hour from
12:00-1:00pm to plan for 20 minutes and do some creative thinking for
40 minutes. Then go to lunch at 1:00pm. Your day will feel more
productive and you will push the usual 3:00pm crash to 4:00pm. Do your
staff check ins at 4:00pm (or phone calls). Talking to people is
energizing for many.
Order matters and you should experiment to find your sweet spot.
Here’s to days filled with delicious sweet tea.