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As Tony Schwartz, author of The Power of Full Engagement, will tell you, renewing our personal energy is just as important as expending it. Being more productive is not about managing time. Instead, it’s all about managing energy.

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Productivity is based on your life rhythm, staying balanced between crunching and releasing, working hard and playing hard, fully engaging and then completely detaching.

We can’t burn the candle at both ends and expect long-term achievement. The only viable lifestyle solution is one that allows as much down time as up time.

In short, we need a freakin’ break.

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Aren’t milestones miraculous? In this week’s episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast I discuss how to live to 100 in more ways than one. I share a few tips on actually living for 100 years or more AND I reflect back on 100 episodes of this podcast. #100miracles

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David Allen is well-known for his GTD (Getting Things Done) system. Much of that system involves the process of closing open loops in order to achieve improved mental clarity and focus, as well as a dramatic increase in productivity.

By the way, I interviewed David Allen on my podcast. If you haven’t heard that episode yet, listen to it here.

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Open loops consist of unfinished projects, nagging tasks to complete, and work that is held in a frustrating state of stagnation.

If you want to actually get more done AND be able to invest more of your brain power and physical energy to your work, then closing your open loops is a must.

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We all know the feeling, but what can you do when it happens? In this week’s episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast I discuss how to stay alive when you’re drowning in too much work.

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Daily Routines of Famous and Creative People

Pablo Picasso would not have liked The 5 AM Miracle. He was a late riser, typically finding himself crawling out of bed near noon. He also did his best work from 3:00 pm until 10:00 pm, not bright and early like I do.

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Honoré de Balzac, a French novelist and playwright, took The 5 AM Miracle to the extreme and typically woke up around 1:00 am. He did his best work until 3:00 pm with a short nap around 8 in the morning.

How can highly successful people approach their day from near polar opposite directions?

It appears that you can tap into your own creative genius by scheduling your life in nearly any way you desire.

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Productivity and creativity are really meant to work together. This week’s episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast features an interview with Marly McMillen, a podcaster, food blogger, and conference creator.

We dive into Marly’s journey from a corporate executive into blogging about food, as well as how she is able to produce a vast amount of creative work.

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The Case for Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is a springboard to fulfillment and high achievement. With it, you have the power to catapult yourself into success through the wild pursuit of your own curiosity.

Without it, your life and work become nothing more than a daily drudgery — a mediocre effort towards an outcome that has no personal value.

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In other words, enthusiasm matters a great deal.

Charles Kingsley, the late historian, novelist, and priest, said that “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

I agree. In fact, having something to be enthusiastic about sits at the core of daily productivity and long-term goal achievement.

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It is graduation season and many people are about to make some major life decisions. In this week’s episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast I discuss graduation do overs and offer a few tips on how take your life in a new direction without knowing how everything will turn out.

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As exciting as it is to wake up every morning, bright and early, ready to dominate your day, not every day begins that way. In fact, for some people no two days are alike and their 5 AM Miracle never truly comes to fruition.

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I frequently receive emails from listeners of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast who have irregular schedules. They don’t work a traditional 9-5, or they do, but they have book club on Tuesday nights, tap dancing lessons on Thursdays, and they play in a band every Friday night until midnight or later.

In the middle of all that they are dying for a little consistency, a way to streamline the variations in their schedule so they can experience their own morning miracles.

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Rich Roll is an inspiration for his athletic pursuits, but he also has a ridiculously healthy diet. This week’s episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast features an interview with Rich Roll, and we discuss his new book, The Plantpower Way.

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