How Diane von Furstenberg starts her day
We recently had the pleasure of hearing Diane von Furstenberg (mother of the wrap dress) and Jack Dorsey (the father of Twitter) banter during a casual Q&A.
Von Furstenberg confided about how she starts her day, “I send one e-mail that doesn’t benefit me at all.” The revelation of her simple daily practice elicited actual ahh’s from the audience. (And this was at a Fast Company conference, not a spiritually infused one.)
The designer explained that the e-mail could be the introduction of an artist to a potential patron saint or something as simple, direct, and appreciated as a compliment.
We love the idea of this daily practice. While we can’t all change someone’s life with one e-mail the way Von Furstenberg can, we can all help someone’s daily happiness quotient (and our own karma) by adopting this ritual.
So ditch the to-do list when you sit down to write your first e-mail of the day, and instead think about who and how you can help. (Then proceed with your coffee and the morning onslaught of your inbox.)