Before Breakfast - Power through

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Welcome to before breakfast a production of iHeartRadio.

Good morning. This is Laura. Welcome to the before breakfast podcast. Today's tip is to do your best to use that last hour or two of Friday afternoon is easy to putter around. But if you can push through you'll probably enjoy your weekend and the next week a whole lot more.

I'm writing the script at 4 p.m. On Friday. It's been a long week and I'm not feeling particularly chipper. I tend to be in more of a writing mood in the mornings, but I know I've got a short work week coming up with a lot of different commitments. I'll be best off getting these scripts done in the hour before my babysitter leaves. If I don't get them done. I'll have to find a block of work time over the weekend and that's not the end of the world. But since I have this block of time now, it's also not strictly necessary. I just have to power through.

And so that is what I am doing. Maybe it's what you can do to instead of hitting Refresh on your inbox or puttering around for the last hour or so on Friday tackle a list of things that you'd love to get off your plate for now. Maybe it's an email, you know, you need to answer maybe it's a schedule an email that could go out on Monday, but doesn't require much brainpower. You'll be fresh on Monday morning. And so you want to use your brain power for important things send the email on Friday afternoon when the opportunity cost is lower.

Maybe you can do things to set yourself up for a great Monday. One reason. I'm writing the scripts now is that I can see I got open time in a quiet house on Monday morning for recording but I can't record scripts that aren't written. So here we are.

Or maybe there's something you never get to that you keep saying you'd like to do in general. We're better off scheduling these things for first thing Monday morning, but if you have time on Friday these Friday.

Work on that book proposal for an hour. It's not much but it's an hour better than nothing call someone you are mentoring to check in. She will appreciate the call. Even if it is Friday afternoon.

To be sure it's hard to work when energy levels are low, but you can do a few things to make yourself feel better.

Research on energy has found that even a short microburst like a few minutes bouncing up and down the stairs can raise energy levels for an hour. You can make yourself a cup of tea or decaf coffee. We often have enough of a conditioned response to coffee that the lack of caffeine may not matter so much and finally eyes on the prize is doing something now means you don't have to think about it until next week or for some tasks ever again, that's a huge win anticipating. The joy of that accomplishment can be enough to propel you forward.

You'll relax later. Did we mention that there's a weekend coming up power through and you'll really feel like you've earned your time fully off.

In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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