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Recharge brain by Walking in afternoon and no meeting days?

Mornings are precious to me as my brain is most active in morning but I have now 5 members in team and I daily get tons of emails to reply. After replying to emails and doing calls after 2 or so the brain was getting exhausted and I was procrastinating to pick up large tasks.  Also part of the problem was after eating meal I was feeling sleepy too. Drinking coffee wasnt helping beyond 3 or so.  I work from home so there is always this lure to take a nap but then I would feel guilty. So I started
  1. No meeting days on Wednesday/Friday
  2. Walking 20 min after lunch in afternoon
No meeting days means I get an extra 2 hours in week. I also think no meeting days on Wed/Friday is good for the team also, as earlier I would do 1 hour call with 5 members and that would mean close to 10 hours of time. Now team can get 10 extra hours for working and they need not worry about the Manager vs Maker schedule on 2 days.  Of-course if they want to talk to me they can always call me.

Walking 20 min after lunch is a great boon, I have been following it religiously for last month and I feel more charged. I still feel sleepy but the mind is active and I can crank a bug or two, chase production issues and reply to important issues after coming home. The only issue is Texas heat of 100 degree means you sweat but good news is winter is arriving so that wont be an issue.  I first thought I would think about some coding problem I want to solve or listen to some podcast but I think best is if I just keep it simple and let nature take its course.

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