Project Management

How 20 Minutes Each Morning Can Transform Your Day as a Manager

These surprisingly simple but deceptively difficult-to-execute habits will absolutely transform your professional life. As written by Sebastain Bos for Project Smart, 20 minutes may not seem like a lot of time, but if used properly, those first moments in your day can actually be time-savers. Here’s how:


Food is one of those basic requirements that “time-poor” people tend to overlook. But the phrase “time management” is actually a misnomer. According to writer James Clear, it’s all about managing energy levels. Pause to consider every time you were exceptionally productive. Did you have loads of time on your hands? No? More likely you just had lots of energy and ample focus – that comes from food. Specifically, a full (20-minute) breakfast rich in protein will enhance your mood, energy, alertness, and mental endurance throughout the day.


Some of us are granted exceptional powers of productive sleeplessness (I know, it’s called coffee), yet there is always a price for that gamut. Consider that going to bed and waking up twenty minutes earlier can allow for all kinds of advantages. The last 20 minutes of the day are often our least productive. Use them to calm the mind, to create a sense of closure, or to meditate. Let go of stressful thoughts and scenarios and clean your slate for better rest.


There’s so much research touting the benefits of even a 10-minute workout that it’s hardly worth mentioning all the benefits, but here’s a quick list anyway:

A quick workout can help you feel more focused, more creative, less tired through the week and much less stressed…Ever heard of Tabata training? It’s a 20-minute high-intensity workout that is designed for time-poor people.


Lastly, a conscientious (efficient) approach to planning can pay in ‘time dividends’:

  • Rule #1: Don’t take your work home (unless you work from home, in which case you need to do some serious partitioning).
  • Rule #2: Give yourself 20 minutes of “me” time that involves planning – establishing your goals for the day, distraction free.
  • Rule #3: Keep a daily journal / planner in which you make a list of short and long-term goals.

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