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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 03/08/2021

Alan Weiss's Monday Morning Memo

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 03/08/2021


I’m fresher in the morning—that’s hardly a conceptual breakthrough. I workout in the mornings because I have both the physical and mental strength to get it done. Thinking about facing it at 4 pm would ruin my day and deplete me. I really don’t want to see the dentist late afternoon, after he’s been poking around patients’ mouths all day.

When the veterinary surgeon told me he had had emergencies, and my dog would be operated on at 5 instead of the planned 9 am, I asked if he were as fresh and energetic at 5 as at 9. “Well, no, who is?” he truthfuly replied. I said, “Reschedule the procedure for tomorrow morning, first thing.”

It’s not just the physical fatigue, it’s the mental and emotional weariness. Do you want to be the last person on the therapist’s couch after she has been listening to unhappy people whine almost incessantly for the seven prior hours? I think you may get very different advice than you would in the early morning. On those occasions when I have an inevitable confrontation or some “tough love” to deliver, I want to be done with it early. I can almost always control that.

There is no supernal help here. These are facts. Municipal meetings held in the evening are rife for temper tantrums, poor decision making, and bad feelings. I’ve run them, and I know. First responders have shifts to keep alert people on the front lines at all times. The evening performance in the theater is seldom as energetic as the matinee. “The show must go on” but not always at the same calibre. Athletes get sloppier in overtime and extra innings.

Get the tough stuff done early and enjoy yourself afterwards. Don’t spend your day ruing and dreading what is to come.


A muscle is like a car. If you want it to run well early in the morning, you have to warm it up. —Florence Griffith Joyner

Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil. —J. Paul Getty

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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