I’m an early bird, but I used to fritter away much of my precious morning. I’d switch on the computer, make a cup of tea and settle down to ploughing through emails and doing random bits of admin. I would studiously avoid the most important item on my to-do list: writing the next section of my book, wading through complicated proof corrections or planning a new academic skills workshop. Then I discovered the Most Important Task (MIT) technique. Since then, I’ve always spent the first hour at my desk on that crucial job. I make the best use of the time when my brain is fresh, and after a short break, I often carry on until the task is done. I recommend starting your work or study session with your MIT.
28 May 2020