If you’re a busy professional making boss moves, you may often feel there’s not enough time in the day to handle priorities (forget extra activities). But with a keen eye for managing time and a little creative scheduling, you can find that extra hour to do more activities that will advance your career—and take care of the important business to boot.
Brazen Careerist contributor Laura Vanderkam says there is time in your day to do more. “…You might have to get up earlier to make it happen,” she writes.
“I’ve interviewed hundreds of people about their schedules over the years for my books on time management, and over time, I started to notice a pattern,” she continues. “Folks who’d moved beyond the tyranny of the urgent often woke up at times that most people prefer not to see.
It turns out that the early morning hours are great for getting stuff done.
First, you’re unlikely to be interrupted by an urgent meeting request or phone call at 6:00 a.m.
Second, research into the science of willpower finds that we’re best able to focus on difficult tasks while the day is young. Willpower is like a muscle, and over a long day of concentrating in boring meetings, dealing with difficult people or battling traffic, it’s simply used up.
In the morning, though, it’s fresh. So that makes the morning hours prime time for strategic thinking and work that you want to do, not have to do.”
Some of us may be getting up maybe an hour early enough to wash up, brush our teeth, eat breakfast, get dresssed and rush into our commute to work—maybe not in that order, of course, but Vanderkam says waking up just a few minutes earlier can make that much more difference. “Get up at 6:00 a.m. instead of 7:00 a.m., and you’ve got five hours of found time each week to bring your best self to the question of your professional development.”