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Be There In Five

Be There In Five (1)

No you won’t. And we both know it. It’s not because I don’t trust you. It’s because I do the same thing. I’m running late and am embarrassed that I’m running late so I text you to let you know. I tell you I’m only five minutes away, when really, I’m easily eight minutes out. Why? Because I want to believe I’m not that late.

I hate being late. But I hate being a liar more. So now, I try to be honest or even exaggerate. If I know I’m going to be five minutes late, I say 15 minutes. If I’m going to be 10 minutes late, I say 20. More importantly, I apologize and ask for forgiveness. Their time is just as valuable.

Overstating how late I am  accomplishes two things. 1) I’m honest about running late and I give myself breathing room to get to the appointment. 2) If I’m earlier than I stated, it feels like a win.

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The Time When Nothing Happens

Know what happens at 5am? Nothing. Which is great for my productivity. For the most part, the (West Coast) world is asleep and I can plow through emails, tasks, and especially, projects I’ve avoided finishing.

That’s the key. You have to find the times when you can shut off the distractions and the noise, and focus on getting things done.

Another tip is to make a list of what you want to accomplish during that time. Don’t stop until you’re done, and when you’ve finished, give yourself a reward.

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