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Ready, Set, Start?

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Quick, stop typing for a second. Is this the first App or program you opened today? Are you working at a desk or on your mobile? How you start your day has a lot to do with how you will finish. I hear from many successful business executives that email is the worst place to start. But where is the best place to start?
 
My trusted advisor, Frances Fisher, VP of the Jacksonville Chapter of SCORE, starts with her calendar. Not just to review her appointments, but to schedule them, with herself. 
 
I love making To-Do lists. I’m never at a loss for something to do. Frances shared with me that the quickest way to get from To-Do to Done is to schedule a task on your calendar. Adding a task to your calendar is faster, decreases the effort while increasing the likelihood of completion. 
 
She suggests breaking tasks down into a duration of 20 minutes each. Using her system I've found I can always fit in one more task in between meetings. I could never figure out why she always arrived early to our meetings. Arriving 20 minutes early creates a window of opportunity to complete another task from your To-Do list, not to mention how impressive it is that you always show up early. 
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