Time management in concert with strategic routines is the backbone of productivity as most successful entrepreneurs will affirm. It's often assumed that the most vital aspect of any given day is the morning as it sets the tone for the workday ahead, but this is a misconception.
Adam Ferrari developed productive behavioral patterns to earn a degree in chemical engineering and continues to perfect his habits as the founder of Ferrari Energy, a Denver-based mineral acquisitions company. When he's not engrossed in the paradigm of business, Mr. Ferrari focuses on another important pillar of life - giving back to the community. Although "how to be successful" advice is never in short supply, Adam Ferrari hopes that his experience and insight will help people prioritize and form optimized routines.
The demands of life don't always allow us to stick to our schedule, but you should strive to conclude your formal work hours at the same time each day. Similar to waking up in the morning with a cup of coffee, establishing a consistent routine provides a structure for both the mind and body. Simple actions such as cleaning up your physical and digital workplace not only help you stay organized but also trigger muscle memory to help you transition out of work mode.
Avoid leaving the office without a sense of accomplishment by reviewing your completed tasks for the day. Measuring your progress, even minuscule daily triumphs is a useful tool to generate momentum and boost motivation before you head home.
Reflection and Prep
Introspection nurtures self-awareness and enables you to unlock your potential. Take a step back from the hectic day by dedicating ample time for reflection via a professional journal and contemplate the following questions:
● What have I learned from my achievements today?
● What didn't work and requires more attention?
● How can I improve upon my actions?
● Where do I need help?
The above questions are designed to fixate your train of thought on the fundamentals so that you can effectively strategize your action plan for tomorrow. Do you recall prepping your backpack the night before as a kid so that you weren't scrambling out the front door on your way to school? This principle is essentially the same as journaling. Once you've externalized your thoughts visually, you can truly 'switch off' from work, unwind and feel at ease that the next workday is primed and ready to go.
If you continuously disregard your needs, you set yourself up for burnout, which can devastate your work and personal life as well as your productivity. To avoid such costly consequences, learn what helps you relax and restores energy. For many, this involves alone time, such as reading a book or exercising, but your options are practically limitless. Whether it's cooking, yoga, learning a new skill, or watching your favorite TV show, the important thing to remember is it's not time wasted.
Just as you set your alarm in the morning, set aside your electronics at least an hour before getting into bed. Our minds are stimulated continuously but need silence to slow the gears so that we can get a quality night's rest. Sleep done well clears the clutter of the mind, diminishes stress in the body, and leaves us feeling refreshed in the morning, ready to tackle any challenges thrown our way.
Successful people calculate their habits in all aspects of life, but morning and evening routines are the foundation. It may not all fall into place at once, but remain vigilant. Perfecting an end-of-day pattern is the bulk of the work and in the end will allow you to execute your morning priorities with vigor, diligence, and tact.
About Adam Ferrari:
Adam Ferrari is an accomplished petroleum engineer and is the founder of a private oil and gas company, Ferrari Energy. Throughout various roles in the oil and gas industry, Adam was inspired to learn more about property rights and the inner workings of petroleum exploration and extraction. After gaining expertise in the energy sector Adam obtained knowledge of the financial industry through his time at an investment banking firm. He then pivoted to bootstrapping his own business, Ferrari Energy, from the ground up as he blended his knowledge of energy and finance together.