Your mornings set the tone for the day
Freelancing can be great because we have the ability to set our own work hours and we can sleep in as long as we want, but if you’re anything like me, you’ve definitely had your nights where you typed away and then woke up at 2 in the afternoon, feeling like crap.
It hinders productivity and puts our body out of sync with our business goals because we can hardly track our sleeping habits, let alone our business milestones.
I have a system or an automation for the majority of processes that are used to run my business so it only made sense to implement those same habits into my daily life- starting with my morning routine.
Benefits of having a morning routine as a freelancer
Freelancers love predictability. We love stability, freedom, and working in an environment where we are happy. Morning routines can give us that happy.
Productivity is at its peak when we can repeat what we are doing and get the desired result, over and over again, which is why an established routine that leads us to having positive mornings is so important when freelancing.
So, how do you get started?
Go to bed earlier
Getting up the next day depends a lot on how we spent last night. If you binge watched Netflix until 2am, it will be difficult to get up at a reasonable hour and feel good. Instead, establish a process where you ease yourself into going to bed at night without distraction. Put away the phone, the laptop, or any screens. You can even take this time to read one of those entrepreneurship books that you haven’t found time to read. (If you’re interested in learning more about mornings, read Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning.)
Do something that you really, truly love, first thing in the morning
Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning talked about every morning needing to feel like it was Christmas morning. You literally have to go to bed every night excited to get up because you get to do something amazing the next morning. Immediately. For me, it’s blogging. I get a quick shower, throw on my robe, and immediately get to blog for hours. It might be considered “work,” to some, but even if blogging wasn’t part of my job, I would still do it for free.
You don’t have to do something work related. It can be catching up on your favorite tv show, reading a book, developing an app that you’ve been dreaming of forever, really- anything.
Start your morning with affirmations
Your mornings will set the tone for the rest of the day. Have you ever overslept and then the rest of your day is a domino effect of things going wrong? You want to create the opposite of that effect by starting your mornings positively.
One way you can do this is by using affirmations. Affirmations help us stay grateful for where we are while allowing ourselves to value the journey of being better.
Have a simple goal every morning
When I wake up in the morning to blog, I set a goal to write about 3 blog posts in the morning for the first six months of 2017. This blog is fairly new and I’d love to get more content up on it, so I want to spend my mornings writing. Plus, this is when my brain is at max efficiency so I want to get the ideas out of my head when they are fresh and ready.
If there is something that you want to accomplish, setting a small goal in the morning to accomplish it is a great way to get started. If it’s exercising more, you can start your mornings with simple exercise. If it’s to work on your website, you can set a goal to work on a specific part of your website every morning.
Change up your goals when you start to get tired of them, but starting off every morning accomplishing a simple goal is a win for productivity and a win for having a morning routine that works.
You don’t have to get up early
The idea for having a morning routine is to let it be repetitive. A successful morning routine helps you be more productive while keeping your positivity at an optimal level. We wouldn’t want you to be feeling like crap all day because you dragged yourself out of bed at 4am, which is too early. Listen to your body and know whether you function best at 4am, at 7am, or at 9am. Your morning routine is yours and doesn’t need to look like anyone else’s.
Try sticking to a morning routine for at least 14 days, with a goal in mind.
Do you feel that you function better with a morning routine?
Let me know in the comments below.
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