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When you are about to start the day, what are your first duties ?

I like to start each day by going over any schedule to make sure any calls or meetings I have are top of mind and I get any prep work for those done first thing . Then, I usually answer my emails while i'm still fresh.

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Jen’s Answer

Hey Armella, this is a great question. I also check my schedule and prepare for any meetings that I have for the day. I check through my email and voicemail to make sure I am caught up on any missed correspondences. I also suggest eating some kind of a breakfast and drinking a glass or 2 of water to help start your day. It's always better to have some food and water in your system before you begin working to help you fuel your body. If time allows, I'd also suggest deep breathing, and taking a short walk or something to get your heart pumping and blood flowing. All of these help your brain function and your body will thank you for it.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is really helpful. Armella W.
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Charlie’s Answer

I Try to maintain a similar routine during the work week. I start with a stretching exercises and a light workout (nothing strenuous just something to get myself going). Make it through my list of essential tasks: 1. Review the schedule for any changes from what I expected for the day. 2. Identify and address any immediate actions so they don't linger and disrupt my entire day. 3. Check-in with my team and encourage each member to have a great day. 4. Complete at least two routine tasks. 5. Get up and move around prior to settling into my desk for the morning. In the afternoon, I try to get up and away from my desk every hour to keep my self fresh. I also try to take some meetings standing to keep from being stationary too much.
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RAVI’s Answer

Armella,
Apart from your typical morning routine about getting ready for work, and breakfast the rest of the beginning of the work day usually depends on the actual job and the company you are working for. As a computer software professional you might be a developer tester, production support engineer etc. With that said it could be all of the following tasks, but probably in a different order specific to your job and company.

1. Check your work emails, address any escalations, or critical ones, or quick ones.
2. Check your calendar and see if you need to prepare any material, read-up or otherwise for meetings on the day.
3. Look at your own set of tasks you were planning to work on the previous day.
4. See if you need to shift around any of them to address priorities that might have changed overnight.
5. Assess any long term changes to the work that might have come up because of item #1.
5. Prepare a rough plan to execute for the day.
6. Sometimes events happen during the day and you might have to reach and do all of the above in the middle of the day as well.

Customer requirements change, project schedule changes, funding cuts, prioritization changes by the management etc are all potential events that could drive the above items. These things may not be frequent, but they do happen.

Ravi
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Madhumitha’s Answer

After I am ready to start my day for work ( I work remotely)
1. Start with cup of coffee
2. Check email, messages from peers
3. Check my calendar to see if there are any last minute invites.
3. Check my TO-DO list for the day
4. Execute task
5. Update my TO-DO list
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Wanda’s Answer

Hi. I Praise God and read/study my daily devotional first. It is very important to get a high protein, low fat and carb breakfast, as this helps get your brain working. I check my reminders and calendar for daily task. I personally don’t keep a planner, but I definitely think it is very beneficial for some. Hope this helps.
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