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The AM Is the Best Time to Get Things Done

by glen

The AM Is the Best Time to Get Things DoneI’ve found this true so many times in my life. Recently I was awaken by a phone call at 5:45 in the morning, and couldn’t go back to sleep. So, I took a shower, made a great breakfast, and got working. By the time it was 9:30, I had done more than I usually did in an entire day.

Apparently, 20 Big Time CEO’s can relate.

This is the part of your morning routine over which you have the greatest control. To fit it all in, it’s a must to start early. The latest any of the surveyed executives wake up is 6 a.m., and almost 80 percent wake up at 5:30 or earlier.

The morning is a sacred time for those wanting to collect their thoughts, excercise, and catch up on menial tasks like email. The quiet of the day creates an awesome environment for even just thinking.

Steve Murphy, CEO of publishing company Rodale, says, “A line in a William Blake poem inspired me to think differently about my day: ‘Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night.’ This has made a huge difference in my life. Now, I take out a yellow pad every morning and write my thoughts for the day, which allows me to be much more strategic and proactive than reactive.”

I love that line by Blake. It’s so true.

[via Lifehacker]

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wamylove February 6, 2007 at 4:59 pm

I wish that were true for me but I’m a night owl, honey!

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Jen February 8, 2007 at 8:43 am

Ah, so there is a reason *not* to shoot the thoughtless creature who telephones at 5:45 a.m.? Good to know! Seriously, though, thanks for sharing that wise line from Wm Blake – I must’ve slept through that bit in Eng Lit 101.

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glen February 8, 2007 at 8:59 am

Heh, was your your English Lit class in the morning? :)

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