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Yesterday, I set my alarm for 5:13 AM.

No. I wasn’t catching a flight to some exotic location. And no, I wasn’t waking up that early just for funsies.

The truth is that I had a massive, almost brain exploding amount of work to get done in a very tight time frame.

Now before you even think about pouring some haterade assuming I’m one of those lucky people who naturally wakes up at the crack of dawn, please don’t.

Because on Saturday, just two days prior, I finally rolled out of bed around 11:45 am.

Josh and I had an indulgent night out with friends and after a pretty intense work week, I had zero guilt about sleeping in.

So what’s this have to do with you? Well today on MarieTV we’re tackling a hot-button topic that’s been argued about for years.

It’s a question I’ve personally wrestled with in my own quest to be as productive, happy and healthy as humanly possible during my precious time on Planet Earth.

We’re Talking Early Risers vs. Late Owls in a Classic Productivity Battle

Pay attention here because even if you’re perfectly happy with your own sleep patterns, the people around you may not be.

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Before we dive into today’s MarieTV episode, a heads up in case you or anyone you know may be in NYC this week.

Since I’ve been working on some new projects, I haven’t been able to do much public speaking lately. When folks ask if I have any live events on the calendar, I often feel bad because the answer is usually no.

But this Wednesday March 12th, I’ll be speaking at Town Hall in NYC in support of my dear friend, the legendary Marianne Williamson.

All the details are here and if it works in your schedule, I’d love to meet you in person.

Now onto this week’s topic, which is something many of us struggle with — especially highly creative, multipassionate folks.

Do you have trouble articulating the big vision you’re working towards? Do you ever wonder if you need to start with a clear vision of your end goal in order to create success?

While some people are laser focused on where they’re headed, many I know dread being asked about their five year plan.

If you ever wonder about whether you really need to “begin with the end in mind” this week’s episode is for you.

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I’m always fascinated by a little “behind-the-scenes” action.

For example, I’ve loved hearing about all the mechanics that went into creating the Oscar nominated movie, Gravity. In general, I just really enjoy hearing how people come up with big ideas.

So today, I thought I’d take you behind-the-scenes in my own thinking process and share a simple but powerful tool we use on my team to spark our best creative ideas.

You can use this exercise for business or personal reasons (which is why I love it) and it’s especially fun to do with people you love.

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There have been times in my life that I’ve felt like my brain was broken.

Whether I’ve had too many ideas swirling around and couldn’t focus, or I just started to feel crushed under the weight of everything that “had to get done”…

I’m no stranger to the frustration that comes when you can’t seem to get your potential to match your performance.

Many folks who are highly creative and intelligent have a hard time channeling all that ambition and energy in a way that’s both productive and satisfying.

Some of us fall victim to destructive, addictive behaviors that harm ourselves and others.

Other times, we stay trapped under a fog of frustration that never lifts, unable to reach the greatness of our full potential.

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Have you ever had one of those weeks?

Where there’s just an enormous amount of things to accomplish — so much so that you’re both a bit scared, and excited, to get it done?

I’m in one of those weeks right now. Thankfully, it’s all good stuff going on. There’s just a volume that’s unusually high, even for me.

In a time like this, small tweaks can make a big difference.

On today’s episode of MarieTV, learn a simple-yet-effective one word change that can help you be more productive, no matter what you’ve got going on.

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