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Right now I can’t sleep.

Last time I wrote I was telling you about how I’m down south supporting my Mum post operation, I’ve been down here 8 days now and today is my 9th and last full day.

It’s been productive time, I’ve got myself ahead on my to do lists, I’ve written more than I ever have before and I feel great about it. In addition I’ve also relaxed, been out walking most days and spent some real time with Mum. I’ve also slept, which I don’t do well usually and slept a lot, my body obviously needed it.

This morning is the first time I’ve woken early (it’s currently 4.45am) and I’m wide awake. I was just pondering why that is as I scrolled through LinkedIn and I realised why. It’s because I have a list of things I’d like to achieve today – both work and personal- and I only have one day in which to do them. That fills me with an energy to crack on.

It’s made me realise how important deadlines are- not always big, official deadlines but self imposed ones too. They provide structure and goal posts and that increases my productivity and my drive. Am I the only one who feels this way?

I’m going to try a little experiment next week when I’m back at home and in routine. I’m going to rewrite my to do list with a deadline column and see if that has an affect, I’m going to experiment with – realistically – targeting myself each day by limiting time frames in an attempt to focus my brain and give me this extra burst of motivation.

I’ll let you know how it goes…