Beyond the Build


All in a Day’s Work

For most of us, each day holds a number of “to-dos.” Some are thinking tasks that involve strategy, and others are more routine, as in “just do it.” Everything I’ve read says that our minds work in different cycles depending on how we are wired. I’ve written about being a member of the before breakfast club, and I suppose this is the next layer.

Personally, I find early in the morning works best for anything beyond the “just do it” tasks. There are no pressing deadlines, and I am not against the wall to make the right decision, or stressed that I might make the wrong one. In the back of my mind, I know that if I reach a decision, I have the rest of the day to change my mind. Make sense?

Early mornings give me the freedom to be me. I can get in the right mental rhythm to maximize efficiency. For others, it may the opposite side of the clock, but the important thing is to recognize what the clock is saying to each of us and adjust accordingly. Our brain has its preferred time to be sharp, and its best to lean into that instead of trying to overcome your your nature.


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Merrill Stewart Jr.

Merrill Stewart is Founder and CEO of The Stewart/Perry Company, a commercial building contractor based in Birmingham.