A life lived on purpose begins with a vision.
Early on I learned that how I put myself together affected how I carried myself throughout the day. It impacted how I showed up for my family, friends, and business associates as it was more than the outward appearance. It was my energy and ability to connect that was affected as well. As someone who values routines and the way in which they can serve as guardrails to keep you in the desired lane, I began designing rituals and habits that would allow me to put my best foot forward. This has allowed me to be my best so that I can serve others at the highest level.
Here’s a snapshot of how a day in the life of Bart Zandbergen looks:
3:45 AM: No that is not a typo. I do indeed wake up at that early hour so I can have time to gear up for the day. I start by drinking a pre-workout shake that I prepared the night prior.
4:30-4:45 AM: I use this time to reflect, indulge in prayer and gratitude, and meditate.Photo by Seth Willingham on Unsplash
4:45-6:30 AM: As a dedicated gym rat, I get in a good 30 minutes of cardio and an hour of weight training each day. I have been weight training for 38 years and have met many of my closest friends and business associates during my early morning gym sessions. Lifetime Fitness in Laguna Niguel is my destination of choice and by far one of the most superior gyms I have been a member of to date.
6:30 -7:00 AM: I shower and get ready for the day following my post-workout shake. I select my wardrobe the night prior and am always careful to select something that I’ll feel great in. One stop I tend to make is at Laguna Coffee Company. Their organic coffee and sourdough toast topped with avocado, arugula, a hardboiled egg and chili flakes are delish.Photo by Mike Kenneally on Unsplash
7:30-8:00 AM: I arrive at the Optivest office in Dana Point and kick-off the workday by reading a mix of financial, inspirational and motivational material.
8:00 AM -5:00 PM: Each day is a blend of client meetings, investment plan development, financial plan development and special community events.
9:30 AM: As a meal prepper, who carries his six-pack bag equipped with food to fuel me throughout the day, I typically eat my first snack around this time.
Noon: The majority of the time I enjoy my pre-prepped meal for lunch unless I have a client luncheon. Takes the guesswork out of what to eat and maximizes my time. When I do dine out, What a Dish Café and Waterman’s Grill are where you can find me as I love the healthy meal options each have. Plus, Waterman’s has a great view of the harbor.
5:00 PM: As I leave the office I am either headed to a final client meeting, social event or home to connect with my family. Each day is different but never a dull moment. I tend to take after-hours client meetings at either 230 Forest in Laguna, which is a favorite local spot with a great bar and excellent menu, or Center Club, which is a Member’s Only club I am on the Board of Governor’s for.
8:00-8:30 PM: During this time I food prep for the next day and select my clothing for the following day.
8:30 PM: Is officially lights out so I can get a much needed 7(ish) hours of sleep.