I read an interesting â€œlisticleâ€ the other day called â€œ12 Things Awesome Employees Do Before Noonâ€. As I was reading through it, dosage a couple of thoughts struck me:
(1) There are some pretty solid ideas in here, and
(2) Holy smoke, who could possibly have time to do all this?
Here is a summary of the â€œKeys to Awesomenessâ€
- Make a â€œTo Do Listâ€ the day before
- Get a full nightâ€™s rest (8 hours, minimum), and donâ€™t hit the snooze button
- Exercise in the morning, and practice a â€œmorning ritualâ€ such as reading, meditating, praying, etc.
- Eat breakfast
- Arrive at work on time, check in with your boss and your team.
- Tackle big projects first, avoid morning meetings, and allot time for message follow up.
- Take a mid-morning break
As I reflected on these individually, there werenâ€™t any I could really argue with. However, as I considered them in the aggregate, the natural skeptic in me came out, and I decided to do a little math exercise. Follow me hereâ€¦.on the path to awesomeness.
â€¢ Awake at 5:30 AM , after 8 hours of sleep (what, you mean you stay awake past 9:30 PM? Awesomeness requires commitment! Now, off to bedâ€¦)
â€¢ 5:30 â€“ 6:00 AM: Morning ritual
â€¢ 6:00 AM â€“ 7:15 AM : Dress, go to gym, work out, return home
â€¢ 7:15 AM â€“ 7:30 AM: Eat breakfast (awesome people also eat fast, so hurry up)
â€¢ 7:30 â€“ 8:00 AM: Shower and dress for work (wear something awesome)Â Wait, wth? Itâ€™s already 8:00 (time for work, for most of us, and you havenâ€™t even LEFT home yet? Are you not awesome?
â€¢ 8:00 â€“ 8:30: Drive/Ride/Teleport to work (ok, is 30 minutes even reasonable for most of us?)
â€¢ 8:30 â€“ 8:45: Park your car, walk into the office, put your stuff down.
â€¢ 8:45 â€“ 9:30: Check in with your team and your boss.
â€¢ 9:30 â€“ 10:30: Be Awesomeâ€¦
â€¢ 10:30 â€“ 10:45 : Follow up on messages
â€¢ 10:45 â€“ 11:00 : Mid Morning break
Whewâ€¦.tired yet ? Itâ€™s almost lunch, and you have worked one hour. Can you be awesome in 60 minutes ? I sure hope soâ€¦
Ok â€“ back to reality now. If there is one takeaway from this blitzkrieg of awesomeness, itâ€™s that these 12 things may make you awesome â€“ but Iâ€™m not sure it’s all that realistic to adhere to this routne.
However, there are some of these that I regard as â€œbedrockâ€, and will certainly make you a happier and healthier person. So, without further adieu, my version of Â â€œ5 Steps to Being Awesome in the Progressive Workplaceâ€ – a bit simpler and more streamlined, and more geared to the kind of workplace we all hope for.
Step 1: Charge your batteries: Get your rest the night before – you know how much sleep you need to feel energized.
Step 2: Rev up the motor: Get up on time, exercise, and eat something not fried or covered in sugar for breakfast.
Step 3: Represent: Get to work at a normal time, and show up with a smile on your face.
Step 4: Plan: Take 15 minutes to plan your day, then check in with your colleagues.
Step 5: Execute: Go forth and conquer â€“ after all, you ARE awesome!