In the next paragraph, I describe my daily routine in hopes it will encourage you, not necessarily to adopt my routines but to jumpstart you toward creating your own.
When I wake, —in violation of standard time-management rules—I check my email. I view email as my window into the world of possibilities. After an hour, I’ve sat long enough and go outside with my dog, Einstein, sipping coffee and enjoying my garden for a few minutes. I answer more email or start on the day’s PsychologyToday.com article until it’s time for my first client. Around 1:00, I take Einstein for a brief walk, have lunch, then it’s more clients until about 6:00. I then take Einstein for the exact same 45-minute hike every day. I spend the first part of the hike thinking about my day’s thorniest problem and the rest enjoying nature. For example, today, I noticed the sky at twilight, with rays, like a gauzy spotlight emanating upward from the sun and through the clouds. After dinner, I see one more client and then finish my PsychologyToday.com article. After posting it, I walk the dog again and get ready for bed, including listening to the same CD (adagios) every night to accompany my reading something for pure pleasure until my eyes get heavy. I kiss my wife and doggie good night and it’s off to dreamland.