Turn Strange Hours into Productive Times

For the last few weeks, I’ve been getting up at 4:00 a.m. and working well into the evening. Why?

I’m writing a book with an aggressive deadline schedule from my publisher. And with my regular, public relations and SEO copywriting activities for my clients, and all of my blogs, this was the only time available to write.

At first, it was a bear to get up that early. But now, my system is used to it, and I am able to wake up and get started fairly easily.

The big problem is that I get tired early in the day. In fact, yesterday I thought, “Why am I so tired at 11:30 a.m.?” Duh. I had already been working for seven hours! And on the weekends, I’m up bright and early out of habit.

But when it comes right down to it, I get a lot done at this early hour. I am now accustomed to pushing myself to meet deadlines and finish projects quickly.

How about you?

I’m a morning person, and this may not work for you. But what about the late, evening hours when it’s quiet? Or perhaps an egg timer will help you get motivated during your normal, business hours? Just set it for a certain amount of minutes, and try to get a specific task done within that time. (See http://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_HTE.htm for time management tips)

There will probably never be enough hours in the day to do all the things you want to do. But with a few extra hours in the a.m. or p.m., or a timer, you just may be able to set a new schedule, fit in a few more tasks and relax a little bit more on the weekend!

Got small business public relations and SEO questions? Drop me a line here or at www.rembrandtwrites.com. I’d love to hear from you!

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AlexAxe - April 23, 2009 Reply

Ugh, I liked! So clear and positively.

Stephanie Elie - May 5, 2009 Reply

That is so funny, I just did this, this morning. I woke up a 3am to get a project done because I’m more productive in the morning than at night. It was peaceful, turned on my iTunes and just went to work. Finished the main template of the site. It would have taken me twice as long if I worked on it at night. I’m such a morning person. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ll definitely be stopping by again.

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