I have a series of early starts at work this week, meaning rising in darkness this morning to the sound of howling wind and rain battering the bedroom window. Thankfully I’m driving to the office so no need to stand, exposed to the elements, on a train platform. If I time it right I should be seated at my desk, bright eyed and bushy tailed, well before the majority of my fellow co-workers. The early bird catches the worm and all that.
Getting into work before others has its benefits. I’m ahead of the game and can get so much more done before phones start ringing and conversations commence about what you got up to at the weekend. E-mails can be answered, reports drafted, but most importantly it gives me time to think. Work on strategies, mull over tricky problems and wrestle with decisions that only I can make.
I probably achieve more in that first golden hour than I do in the rest of the day. I’m not a natural decision maker but the nature of my job now means the buck stops with me and I have to make them. Regularly. The same goes for documenting those decisions as, down the line, the rationale for what I did and why I did it may be subject to serious scrutiny. So that quiet time at the start of a working day is precious to me.
Have you a big decision to make today? How do you go about tackling it? Do you jump in feet first and grab the bull by the horns or adopt a more cautious, measured approach? Is it related to work or your personal life? I was once told there are three things that can happen in such a setting. The best outcome is you make the right decision, the next best you make the wrong one, but the worst is you make no decision at all.
I wish you well with your decision today. Feel free to share your experiences by commenting below.