Morning routine for knowledge workers
Working from home for the past few months, I’ve started to recognize a pattern of behaviour that was equally true for me at the office. Participating in #change11 and #cck12 has also helped me to become better at recognizing patterns, so I am grateful for that.
When I first sit down to the computer each morning, caffeine in hand, I start with something relatively mindless or low-impact. I might log in to my social networking sites, glance over The Daily newsletters for my moocs or look for comments on my blog. I don’t start rewriting documents, reviewing reports or composing any lengthy emails for work right away. It’s like I need to warm-up to the more intense volumes of knowledge work before I can dive right in. This might last 15-30 minutes, depending on how many high-priority items are waiting for me to actually get my head in the game.
As noted earlier in my blog, I don’t harvest any feeds from social networks or news site into my email so I’m thankfully not bombarded in that way. I also don’t use any mobile devices for anything more than phone calls or occasional photos so no deluge of information there, either.
Are these just personal preferences of mine? Am I demonstrating an approach to knowledge work that is typical of my generation, one that remembers a non-digital place, pace and time?
Have I simply learned how to stretch my mental muscles gradually so that I can build up the endurance level that I know I will need to get through the remainder of the day?
What do other folks do? And do the youngest digital citizens need this warm-up at all?