What tips does anyone have for managing their energy level?
I feel kind of silly asking this question - but it is a legitimate issue I am struggling with - and I can't be the only one.
Usual suspects include nutrition, exercise, and sleep, but I think I am doing OK on all three. I am up at 4:30am and out the door with my 14-year old daughter at 6:25. That includes 30 minutes on an exercise bike and a breakfast with various kinds of whole grain foods. I get into the office around 7:35am and out of the office around 5:30 or so (varies from 5-6pm). Not a long work day compared to what I used to do. Plus I am no longer studying for an MBA at night or pursuing some other certification via night classes. I do eat lunch, but don't take a lunch "break" - I usually have some kind of lunch meeting. Leaving the office at 5:30 gets me home at 6:40 or so. Then dinner and crash. Why am I out of gas by 7pm? I usually get to bed between 8:30-9pm, but that last hour or two between 7-9pm is unproductive. I do get good family time in there - good conversations with my wife and daughter. At least once a week I am with my daughter at youth church activities from 7-9pm and I am full of energy those nights.
Two other suspects: 1) a recent promotion I received that is requiring significant change management. 2) behaviors of the High I. I am 7125. I can turn on the "I," but it is hard, it takes focus/effort, and I am not always good at it - presumably that becomes easier with practice.
Why don't I have more energy during those last 2 hours of the day?