Marisa Meyer, CEO of, has made some big changes lately: She’s requiring that more people come IN to to work at the office. This goes against a trend some of us who study productivity are following called ROWE (Results Only Work Environment).

For some years, organizations have encouraged people work AWAY from the office.

If you’re in a position to help people get more done during the day – to be more effective, to work more efficiently, to communicate more completely, to engage more proactively – here is a checklist to use during the first hour of each morning:

  1. Know when you’re at your best. Make a list of the 3-5 things you could do each day (by 10am) that will help to be more productive.
  2. Clarify your “Ideal Day”. Describe, in 300-400 words, the kind of day you’d like to have.
  3. Set an intention for that day. What is the ONE outcome you’re going to achieve over the next 10-15 hours?
  4. Make it a “Numbers” game. Actually quantify how many of each thing you’re going to do. (Phone calls, letters, emails, etc.)
  5. Eat…better. Within the first hour of the day, make sure you consume some fat, a few carbs, and a bit of protein.
  6. Pick the environment for the task. Need to meet? Book a conference room. Need to think? Go to an office, close the door.
Just because you work from home (or at a coffee shop, in a co-working space, or office) doesn’t mean that you can’t be maximally productive.

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