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How I Learned To Get More Done

Get More DoneA quick note today with some practical ways to pull off one of my favorite topics recently: How to get more done.

Life tends to get more and more busy as time goes on until a certain point when it starts to calm down. I realized last month that I’m nowhere near the calm down point.

In fact, I’m pulled in more directions now than ever before. With 3 kids starting 3 different schools recently, the point was driven home with impunity. Especially when one of our cars took a dive for a while (that’s another story). Accepting Plato’s thought that “Necessity is the mother of invention,” something had to change.

START EARLIER TO GET MORE DONE

After making sure we weren’t simply over committed (which is more common that you think), I decided to reclaim some of my day by getting up earlier in the morning. My alarm is now set between 5:30 and 5:45 am each day. After a few days of shock and awe, I learned to get up and Carpe each and every Diem.

THERE ARE SOME TRADE OFFS

Sure, I had to give up some things. Bedtime is now 10pm. In fact, I’m usually in bed before then. I rarely catch Letterman, Leno or the evening news anymore but I’ve found that I’m not really missing that much. Switch to getting your news and weather at 6am via the web and you’ll find that you’re actually better prepared for the day. A couple of months in and I haven’t found any real downsides to speak of.

For a pretty good list of tips to get you started, check out this article on Lifehack.org. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.

Scott Wilson is the Director of Communications and Technology for The Urban Child Institute (tuci.org), a not-for-profit dedicated to improving the development and well-being of children. He is also a marketing and business strategy consultant for small businesses and writes regularly about Leadership, Communication and Marketing on his blog, scottkwilson.com.

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