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TPS11: How A Father of 3 Kids Wakes Up Early And Stays Productive

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Joe Buhlig

We all have the same number of hours in the day and some people manage to accomplish a lot more, keep up with their responsibilities and not get overwhelmed in the process. Joe is one of those people. He is also a husband, a father, a woodworker, a hunter, a cyclist, a writer and an “information architect” for the company he works for.

In this episode you will discover how Joe:

  • uses the first 2 + hours in the morning to set himself up for a successful day
  • learned to get back in the habit of waking up early
  • clears his head to fall asleep in 5 minutes flat
  • system he uses to get things out of his head and stay present

Resources Mentioned In The Show

Power of Full Engagement by Tony Schwartz
Getting Things Done by David Allen
The “Why” of Getting Up Early
Lift (habit tracking app)


What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro


Alfred – Mac Quick Launch Tool Joe uses to bringing up his goals list


Monday’s Expense Reports

Joe Buhlig – Joe’s website
@JoeBuhlig – Joe’s Twitter handle

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Posted by Cindi Gay  | April 28, 2015 at 6:56AM | Reply

I would love detailed instructions about how Joe set up Alfred to launch his Evernote Goal note and how to create a not in Evernote with Omnifocus’ completed items. I use both OF and Evernote all the time but I have no experience with Apple Scripts or Alfred.

I could not find instructions on Joe’s website either.

Posted by Mike  | January 15, 2015 at 9:18AM | Reply

I think it would be very informative if you would dedicate an episode or series of episodes focused on productivity for those having children. I think there could be a series of topics related to ways to being productive with young children (eg automating morning and evening routines for them, transitioning, adjusting a traditional need to be productive in your own life to the realities and unpredictability of having children, and lots more).

With the co-host and many of your guests having children, I think that you could pioneer a new niche in productivity discussion with your collective experiences and angles of attack.

Thanks and keep up the great work.

Posted by Thanh Pham  | January 15, 2015 at 10:25AM

Thanks Mike – I think that’s a great idea. I’ve added it to our list for shows to produce. I agree – we could help a lot of people with this!

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