American blogger-author-social media marketer Seth Godin, (Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, 2010) and founder of Squidoo.com, a single-page website generator, provocatively titled his recent blog post thus: “The First Thing You Do When You Get On Your Computer.”
His post was the idea that if the first thing you do when you get on the computer is to check email because your boss is bird-dogging you on the latest project, or you’re looking at Twitter or Facebook feeds, looking at responses to your updates, then you’ve given away the “best chance to start something new.”
Instead of being a responder, be the first thing people do when they start their day.
He explains that by being an artist, a leader, or someone wanting to impact your world means the first thing you should be doing is to “lay tracks” to achieve your goals.
It’s become something of an instinct to check my Inbox first thing in the morning, and I’m going to de-prioritise this. Checking my Inbox and the online network distracts and yes, subtracts my time and energy from what I intended to do that morning, or that day.
Getting online and checking personal newsfeeds may seem fresh and may feel like we’re receiving information hot off the wire, but in reality, it’s chatter and clutter about other people’s responses or reactions to yesterday or yesterhour’s happenings.
It’s fun, but perhaps not the first thing I should be doing. Not if I want to make a difference.
What is the first thing you do when you get on the computer? Your thoughts please.