I optimize the times I do things during the day based on my energy levels. It’s taken a while to figure out but I’ve finally got the hang of it.
This is my prime time. It is silent, nobody else is awake. I get up at 5:30 after sleeping about 7-7.5 hours. I feel awake and refreshed. The first thing I do is take the dog outside so that is taken care of before I start working, otherwise I don’t like interrupting my workflow.
I work from 6am to 12pm every weekday. This is the time I’ve found where I’m most refreshed and alert. Any more time than this and I start to get distracted and lose focus.
I exercise somewhere between 10-11am each day. I’ve found that if I go around this time I have more energy. If I go later in the day at, say, 1 or 3 pm I feel more sluggish and that I’m not pushing as hard as usual. Going late at night is a no-go because I start getting tired and want to wind down around 5pm.
I have coffee twice per day. Once when I wake up and another around 2-3 pm.
Afternoons are when I start relaxing. I have already gotten my work done and gone to the gym. If I need to run errands I try to do them as early as possible. Around 5pm I start wanting to really relax by watching TV, sitting outside, reading.
When the weather is nice I try to work outside. I find that this makes me feel like I have more energy. Being indoors makes me feel sluggish and stale. When I’m outside I’m in a different environment and my mind opens up.