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Mike Burgess

My pursuit of things remarkably simple

Mike & Meredith BurgessAs a state legislator, president of a web development company and husband, I find myself constantly getting pulled many different directions. Lately, I've focused on trying to simplify my life. As a 200 pound distance runner in college, I was used to working hard and was trained that the harder you worked the more you got out of it. I have been blessed with a very supportive family, good health and lots of drive. I discovered early on that the harder I pushed myself, the more I could do. I enjoyed being super busy and always did things well beyond my age. The more things I did, the more opportunities that presented themselves. And I was always able to do just about everything I put my mind to, even if it meant I would get even less sleep. I just found a way to do it.

Over the last year and a half, I finally maxed out. I hit the point that I can't just work harder to do more. I also had some family events that helped put life into perspective.

I'm now very focused on doing more with less and working smarter not harder. It's not like I wasn't trying to do that before. But now it is a priority. It is amazing how liberating a feeling it is to do that. I'm now getting more accomplished than I was before AND I'm doing a lot more fun things to boot. I'm a fan of the GTD (Getting Things Done) system and SendOutCards. Both are helping me simplify my life.

I'm now making time to have fun. (When I wasn't scheduling it in, I rarely found time to do the things I really enjoy, outside of work.)