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Benjamin Franklin always wanted to be helpful in the morning.

“The Morning Question: What good shall I do this day?”—Benjamin Franklin

Adam Grant, author of Give and Take, shares Franklin’s views. He starts the day by doing good, too. He strongly believes that helping a co-worker solve a problem or introducing two contacts are ways to create positive karma, and you will always receive some in return. Building goodwill and support is the best way to start your day.

This can be read two ways.

One way is: What is the most important thing for me to do today?

The other way is: What is the best thing I can do today.

Highest priority is not necessarily greatest good.

Yes, good point!  I like "What is the most important thing for me to do today?"

That's a good way of making sure the most important thing gets done. 

“Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night.” —William Blake

william blake's philosophy is my favorite. especially if that morning thinking involves gratitude, that noon action involves helping others, and that evening book makes us smile.  then, of course, great sleep!

I find the most important action should be taken way before noon.

By noon I'm swamped already. :)

you're more of an "eat the frog" kind of thinker!

Can I eat a gummy frog instead of a live frog?

Mark Twain recommended doing the hardest task first

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”—Mark Twain

Mark Twain was a great advocate of getting the hardest and most daunting task (in other words, the frog) done first thing in the morning.The sense of accomplishment and satisfaction will keep you on a high as you get through all the other jobs.

Yeah, because if you don't, you'll wind up in the dreaded procrastination loop of anxiety.

so true!

I'm closer to Mark Twain. Most important thing first.

No way I'm eating a live frog though.

hahaha!  no live frogs for adam!

to most it may be procrastination, but i like to think of it as incubation, while my ideas develop from tadpoles to frogs i can actually eat!

and then i rather enjoy the pressure of looking at that live frog and wondering when i'll have the courage to eat it!

I'm really happy to have evolved to the point where we don't have to eat anything that's still alive.

It seems like you enjoy anticipation.

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