I think a lot about time management, because we are all limited to the 24-hour day and sometimes there's just not enough time to get everything done. I am always looking to be as productive as possible and, at the same time, managing my energy levels in a manner that allows me to stay consistently productive throughout the day. The reality is that as the day progresses, I get tired. It is unrealistic to try to go full steam ahead with your work without any attention to your energy levels. I remember years ago when I would attempt that and fuel that drive with unhealthy amounts of caffeinated beverages that were loaded with sugar. I learned after sometime that I was not being any more productive with all that unhealthy fuel. It was not clean fuel for my body and my mind. I eventually learned that I needed to listen to my body and power it with healthy alternatives to fuel it throughout the day.
One of the things that I learned to develop was a morning routine that helped me start the day off right. I am a morning person and I enjoy getting up early. We are all different and we are each optimized to work best at different parts of the day. About two years ago, I decided to make it a point to get back into exercising on regular basis. I have not done a good job at it for almost a decade and I finally forced myself to just start it. My goal was to develop a routine where I could stick with it. I wasn't looking to run a marathon or achieve anything huge, but just simply stick with some kind of an exercise plan. What I did two years ago was that I looked at what exercise classes were offered at my local YMCA. I noticed that there was a boot camp class at 6:00 AM every Monday. I was wondering to myself if I could even wake up that early and do strenuous cardio exercises. I decided to give it a try and set the alarm to wake up at 5:30 AM.
I still remember that morning to this day. I remember waking up and saying to myself do I really want to do this. It was awful early for me and the sun was barely rising. Then I told myself to just try this and the focus right now was to just make it through one class. I forced myself out of the house and drove over to the place.
The workout was tough considering I haven't done anything similar to it in a long time. However, I became determined to stick with it to the end. I was sore for the rest of the day, but it felt good to have my body go through that grind. My mind felt great and I felt I could mentally process things better than ever. I felt great for the rest of the day at work. It was easier to manage my work and get them done.
Fast forward to today and I have added more classes to attend throughout the week as well as joined the basketball league at the YMCA. I found that I am the most optimal when I start the day off with some kind of exercise. The exercise serves as the springboard for me to be energized for the rest of the day.
I recommend finding something that helps you get ready in the morning before your work. Exercise worked for me, but it doesn't necessarily mean that you personally require exercise in the morning. I recommend it, but you have to pay attention to your body and recognize what things help you get ready for the day. Maybe that is meditating, reading a book, writing, or something else. Whatever gets you ready for the day, make that your daily routine.