Before coffee thoughts, Day 6: Strategic mornings

On days when I wake up tired and need to hit the ground running, I try to be as ritualistic and strategic as possible. Like right now. It's 5 a.m., I woke up at 4:30, and I had just under five hours of sleep last night (and the night before, and the night before that). I've already eaten a few tablespoons of black beans, have scrambled three eggs, and am waiting for my coffee (Illy, Moka, Bialetti—my favorite) to brew. I need to wake up as soon as possible and the caffeine should hit me within 25 minutes of drinking it. No carbs or sugar this morning. This timing should give me exactly three hours of buckle-down-and-work time before I absolutely have to start answering emails. Emails are the biggest brain/time-drain in my life right now.

I can't believe that just a few short weeks ago, I was in South Dakota, rounding up buffalo. The closer I creep towards middle age, the more I come to terms with how much I crave and value freedom.

"Observe Everything. Always think for yourself. Never let other people make important decisions for you." — from Bad News by Edward St. Aubyn