Based in Washington, Ross is a general manager of a food safety company. His musings explore life, work and every moment in between.

Everything looks better in the light of the morning.

Two sunny days this weekend changed my outward disposition. Not only was I able to be outside, I found myself feeling more optimistic about life and the future. Sunlight has a tendency to influence my stamina, my willingness to try new things, and my happiness. I find the opposite is true during the long winter nights and long darkness. Harder to move and harder to stay positive.

I also find these rhythms in my daily life. I’m not a great problem solver early in the morning and I am not great at reflection after dinner. Austin Kleon said “I have a rule that serves me well: Don’t think too much about your life after dinnertime. It’s a recipe for despair. Everything looks better in the light of the morning.”

And today (in Tacoma) it is supposed to be sunny again. A good day to plan and to reflect. As long as I stop before dinner.

Start with yourself.

Optimize Late.