For the last couple months or so, I’ve ended and started every work day the same. In the evenings, I take stock of what I did that day and write down a short, three-to-five-item list of the absolutely essential things that have to get done the next day. When I arrive in the morning, I knock out that list before I do anything else — no email, no social media, no catching up on news.
By mid-morning to early afternoon, I’ve spent my most energized time of day on my most important projects, and I’m free to spend the rest of the day taking care of the day-to-day stuff. I feel way better, and I’m not bogged down by tedious projects in the afternoon hours when the post-lunch sleepies tend to kick in.
Try it out for a few days. If you’re busy, I bet it’ll work out really well for you.