by Matt Alderton | August 15, 2019
If you're struggling every day to get done all that you need to get done, the solution isn't working more hours. Rather, it's working smarter hours, author John Rampton suggests in an article for

"I recently committed to waking up at 5 a.m. each day for a month," Rampton says. "We read all of these articles about people claiming waking early is the best choice they have made. Naturally, I wanted to find out for myself."

Rampton says he basically shifted his days three to four hours earlier. "I began functioning from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. as opposed to 9 a.m. to 12/1 a.m.," he says. "Doing so dramatically increased my productivity."

The reason: There are fewer distractions in the morning compared to later in the day.

"Think about how frequently you are checking your media devices throughout the working day. Doing so is a major distraction," Rampton notes. "While you can pledge to put your phone and email away while you work -- some people do so successfully -- it is very challenging when you have urgent responsibilities. You might need to be on your phone in case your kid gets sick at school. You might need to be in your email or Slack to respond to important messages. Those messages and distractions are not coming in at five in the morning. That is your time to just work without distraction. You can accomplish a remarkable amount in three hours. I found myself knocking out more by the time many people wake up than I had been getting done in entire days before."

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