A few questions:

  1. 1) If left to your own devices, would you eat the dessert at around 6pm, and then have dinner later around 8pm or so OR the other way around?
  2. If you have two credit cards overdue (one has $300 due and the other $1,200), which do you make payments on first?
  3. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up or get to work: check email or attend to the most important things?
  4. Do you prefer to exercise in the morning or later in the day?

What do you think today’s post is about?




It’s about finishing!

negative imageI have a presentation to give, and I’ll tell you my style – I’m not sure it’s the best style. I finish the thing that is quickest to finish and then move on to the harder part. That way, part is already done.

  • I exercise in the morning – or I feel guilty toward myself until I do.
  • I eat veggies first – except on the weekends! I am like a negative image of myself on the weekends! I do everything the opposite – no exercise, lots of sweets. Two different people: weekend Senia and weekday Senia.
  • I pay off the easier to pay off due amounts first. So in the case above, it would have been the $300.
  • BUT … I check email first. Just to make sure there are no fires. And… this is probably one big mistake because people are different, and people are productive at different times. I am productive early mornings and late afternoons. I should be – for productivity reasons – going straight at the papers and research in the morning, and then doing the emails as a fun break around a later breakfast. So on this email/good work habits spectrum, I know where I am, and I know where I want to work towards. I sound to myself on this post like Dave Seah and his productivity tips! That’s cool!

I’m not even certain these are all on the same spectrum. I would assume these are the easier steps (exercise early, eat veggies, pay off $300, and don’t check email), but I do the opposite on the last one. How about you? What do you do? 1) Exercise, 2) veggies, 3) pay off amount, 4) email or prioritized work?

I like to finish. One year, my NY resolution was about finishing. Since I like finishing, I like learning tricks and techniques to finish. One of them so far is doing the easier thing first, and then the harder thing.


  1. Posted Wednesday February 4, 2009 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Your post reminded me of the book by Brian Tracy called “Eat That Frog!”. His philosophy is that you should do the worst thing first so that you have it out of the way. Not sure if I agree 100%, but I can see where it would be helpful.
    Thanks for an interesting post.
    Dave Wheeler

  2. Nick
    Posted Sunday February 8, 2009 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Hmmm… I’d pay the $300 first, exercise later in the day (though it DOES feel good in the morning), I try to eat balanced most/all of the time (with occasional times for slippage), and in the morning I do the most important thing first: I meditate. By checking in with myself the first thing in the morning, this ensures that I can check in with others with my complete self… centered, calm. :)

    I like Dave’s comment! :)

  3. Posted Sunday February 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Dave, that is a hilarious book title!!! Nick, so you might be a moderator not an abstainer.