As of January 1, I changed my hours at work. Instead of 7 – 4, I now go in from 9 – 5:30. For the past three years I’ve been freakin’ exhausted from getting up so goddamn early—and in the dark—and then after work I’d come home and trudge around on half a cylinder until bedtime.
It’s all different now. I now wake up on my own terms and can pop in an exercise video or work on my personal projects for a while before I have to leave the house. I don’t mind getting out of bed anymore because I’ve got stuff to do—my own stuff. I also gain time at night; I can go see a band or stay up late at home without suffering the next day.
Now that I have only a half hour lunch, I don’t have time to go out to restaurants with my work friends. I do miss that, but on the plus side, I’m saving money and who knows how many calories by bringing my own lunch.
My point is, by making one simple adjustment, I’ve created a structure that is much more conducive to achieving my personal goals; I no longer resent having to sit in a cubicle all day when I have so much to do in real life because my real life stuff is getting done as well. I feel a hundred times better now that I’m exercising regularly again, which in turn gives me more energy.
Overall, my quality of life has improved significantly with one simple change of schedule. I’m kicking myself for not thinking of this before and I want to throw this out to you because maybe you can do the same. Energy flows through the path of least resistance, and it all comes down to the structure that is set for that energy.
So take just a few minutes—right now—to analyze the structure of your day. Maybe there’s something you can do to tweak it just a bit that will result in an amazing improvement.
Yep, this is all part of my "identify your unique talents and unfold them to the rest of the world" nag, nag, nag... but can you imagine if we all actually did that? Really, how cool would that be?