In your life you’ll spend on average 852 hours brushing your teeth….So about 35 days. As a dentist how overwhelming would it be to tell someone they’ll need to spend at least 35 days of their life brushing their teeth?
Well, that’s why you don’t.
Instead you tell them to have a daily routine to brush their teeth for 2 minutes twice a day. This is because 35 days of teeth brushing is overwhelming and also because it’s impossible to do without burning out and damaging your gums.So what’s the point I’m trying to make? Doing a little everyday to improve your dental practice is vital.
What if instead of telling yourself you’ll catch up on paperwork and reports once a week or once a month you check in daily for 5-10 minutes twice a day?
“8 Habits Business Owners Should Do” and “Forbes 14 Things You Should Do at the Beginning/End of Every Work Day” say the best way to start your day is to:
- Set goals
- Get your most important tasks done first
- Create a daily success list
- Check on your team and encourage them
This is only naming a few!
So how can you accomplish these things? Especially in just 10 minutes? How can you know exactly where you're at that day and what goals you can accomplish or have accomplished that day?
1. Set Goals
A goal may seem intimidating but if you think about it, it's something you want to accomplish. Start your day by writing your goals down in a checklist format. With your goals sitting right in front of you, you can work on that list a little bit everyday and watch your progress as you go.
If I create a checklist first thing in the morning, it provides focus. It’s easier for me to remember what I need to get done because I took the time to write it down. I also get to surprise myself at 2pm and check off all the things I got done.
When I don’t take the time to plan my daily goals within the first hour of my work day, I often will not get them done. As my morning goes on, I begin to get interrupted, pulled in all kinds of directions, and before I know it, it’s 2pm and I didn't accomplish anything on my list! It leaves me feeling unproductive and overwhelmed.
2. Get The Most Important Tasks Done First
Writing your goals out with the most important ones at the top makes them tangible, real, and maybe even exciting! As you move through your day, checking off the hardest tasks first will give you a sense of accomplishment and momentum for the rest of your day.
Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant said, “Having a good start to the day where you have greater control is critical in achieving better results, and ultimately greater career success.”
Realizing this, I started implementing it into my own work life. The productivity from completing my hardest tasks first energizes me to finish the rest of my day well and accomplish even more things on my list. Sometimes I will re-evaluate my list and begin to build a list for tomorrow depending on how my day went. I rarely end up fully completing the list but it isn’t so much about that it’s about staying focused and on top of things.
3. Create A Daily Success List
There is so much that happens in a day that is a "to-do" but didn't get written down. Don't get discouraged at what you haven't finished when evaluating your checklist at the end of the day. For every goal you didn't get done, add something you did finish that wasn't on the list and check it off. If you had a super productive day and finished your list, add a few anyways. Everyone deserves a little encouragement!
Move any items you didn't finish for today into tomorrow's to-do list. That will help you come to work prepared with what you need to accomplish first thing in the morning. This also allows you to leave work at work and not think about it when you go home to your family.
4. Check On Your Team & Encourage Them
Completing your list often involves your team. Make sure you're checking in on them! An encouragement or recognition of their work goes a long way. Encouragement becomes motivation. Making sure your team feels seen for what they do will motivate them to continue doing a good job. If you lead your team successfully it will help you reach your goals.
Creating goals and to-do lists help keep you organized and productive. Planning ahead for your week and getting the hardest tasks out of the way at the beginning of each day will keep you moving forward. You'll soon discover that you and your team are more productive, less stressed, and on top of everything that is going on in your practice on a daily and weekly basis!
To help you kickstart your business hygiene routine, we've created a morning checklist for you to have for free. Download and use this to start each day out on the right foot and establish a good morning routine for you and your practice.