“Want my secret to non-overwhelming those bits-n-bobs tasks?”

by | Feb 13, 2024

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I’ve always preferred staying up late and waking up late.
Yeah … that didn’t work well until I started my own business.

But one morning a few months ago, I awoke at 5:00 a.m. (groggy grumble) and couldn’t get back to sleep. Thinking, “Howzabout getting something done around here before the workday starts?” I jumped out of bed.
Well … really … it was more like a rolling-my-eyes version of putting my feet on the floor. It was still dark out, fer cryin’ out loud. Hadn’t I left that schedule behind years ago? Oof!
But, all my life I’d heard those “The early bird gets the worm!” quotes. I figured: an early success in my day would be a motivator, right?

Well, by golly … it was!

I learned that what they say about ‘morning people’ seems to be true: if you get an early start, you’ll get a ton more work done than you thought possible.

How’m I doing?

So far, I’ve managed this early thing at least two or three times a month. The encouragement factor is what keeps me motivated. It’s not always the same tasks, so that’s good.
I am amazed at what I can accomplish within an early 1-hour time frame, especially if it’s for more than one day in a row. Even a half-hour works. Try it!

I’m talking about those little bits-n-bobs (I love that phrase from my Brit and Aussie buddies) that are always there, but we put ’em off. No matter what happened the rest of each day, I had accomplished something first thing and freed up part of my Saturday.

Felt good. Non-overwhelmed each of those days, plus made it easier to tackle the next ‘early day.’

Worth it!


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  1. Norm Phelps

    Thanks Kathie. Another great article. My wife and I have almost always had complementary schedules. I go to bed three hours earlier than her and I get up three hours earlier than she does Sunday thru Friday. This gives each of us three hours to ourselves those days to get our little tasks done. Thanks again for all your help.

    • Kathie York

      Thanks for your comment, Norm, and I’m glad you enjoyed the article. We tend to be on different sleep schedules here, too, and it sure does help. Schedule those little tasks where you can focus and get ’em done.


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