There’s nothing better than being finished for the day. Granted, that might look a little different for me. I write early in the mornings and workout at lunch. Right now, these seem to be the major hoops in my life. I work from home and find that my current occupation is compelling enough to keep me interested, so it’s not so much of a chore. Thus, by the time I’ve finished my lunchtime workout, I’m usually feeling pretty good about the rest of the day.

In fact, the second half of my workday tends to feel a little like a downward slope (in a good way). I’m willing to bet it’s because the workout has my endorphins flowing, rejuvenating me, and making me feel like the second half of the day is a bit more comfortable than the first. But knowing that my writing is finished as I walk home from the gym tends to make me feel like a superhero. And if I think I can fit in another writing session later in the evening? That’s even better.

This may be the benefit of being an early riser and explain why I’m conflicted about a change coming to my household—one that could require me to write solely in the evening or at lunch, forcing my workout into another time slot altogether. I’m, of course, resistant because I don’t want to miss out on the neurotransmitter-driven high I’ve been experiencing in the afternoons.

On the other hand, I want to see this kind of challenge or change in my routine as a welcome interruption. (Even if it’s disruptive and requires a bit of adaptation.) It could be similar to altering my workout regimen from dumbbells to bodyweight or vice versa. In other words, it can be beneficial to modify a routine.

Change can bring unexpected benefits. I’m not sure how I’ll feel if I need to start working out at night or consistently writing at that time, but I plan to approach the new situation with a sense of optimism. Because I’m hoping it’ll bring me a feeling comparable to being finished with the day around 1 p.m., except with a unique flavor all its own.

photo: Stephen Hateley