I’m more of a night owl than an early bird. And yes, I know about catching the worm and the benefits of early rising. My morning routine consists of waking up, getting a big cup of coffee, reviewing my critical items list from the day before, and handling the most critical time-sensitive items early in the day. I take and make my calls walking whenever possible. I tend to break my day into “chunks:” Morning set up/handling critical items; Connection/decision time mid/late day; Critical thinking, strategy, entrepreneur time and substantive project time in the mid and late evening when I have no or limited distractions.
I tend to do my workouts in the mid or late afternoons, counter intuitive to first thing in the morning. I have more energy after I have made sure the day is on track and I tend to gain energy later in the day based on how I have structured my schedule. I believe in occasional late afternoon naps to recharge. I eat a mid-late morning breakfast (preferably after exercising) and a late lunch with more of an evening light meal/snack.
I’m not advocating that my routine is right for everyone or even optimal, but it works for me. The key is preparation the day before on what you want to accomplish the next day and being flexible to adjust in real time to make every day productive and not get trapped in the non-important/urgent quadrant. I try to get proper rest, nutrition, activity, and stay focused on my goals. I try not to let my day happen to me, but to make my day happen in a productive manner.
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