In the freelance world and outside of it (so, in every world…) your morning routine is your foundation for the day. Get one thing wrong — or don’t know what your “right thing” is — and you’re setting yourself up for a series of random events.
And while random events might be fun… it’s hard to argue that they make you more productive or efficient.
Sarah Wilson shared her daily routine and the simpleness of it felt very intimate. It was also fun to get new ideas about hwo to start your day with aplomb and (go figure) get things done.
On my best freelancing days, my routine goes a little something like this:
- 730am Alarm. Did you know that about 25 percent of people are morning people? When I’m at my best, I am definitely one of them. Right now, I wake up by alarm at 730. I’d love to wake up with the sun, but for now I need a gentle alarm. I try to get to bed by 9pm or earlier to make 730am feel really good.
- Medicine + Shower. I take my thyroid medicine and hop in the shower, annoying the neighbors by playing loud Christian radio (Note: No one’s said I annoy them yet…). When I first started freelancing, I definitely thought it was a perk to not have to shower and get ready in the morning. Now I know showering and getting dressed (even just a tank top and yoga pants) helps you set boundaries between “sleeping,” “waking,” and “working.”
- Oil + Sunscreen. Have I squawked enough about the fact that everything you put on your skin is absorbed into your blood stream (think nicotene patches and contraceptives)? If you’re having any hormonal problems or just trying to be safe, I recommend reading the ingredients in your bath and beauty products and switching to more natural options over time. Over the course of a year, I’ve transitioned to coconut oil for every moisturizing need (face, body, hands, etc). I follow with safe sunscreen and make-up if I plan to go out during the day.
- Something Important. Usually I would look through email and social media feeds while I wait for my tea to settle, but this week I tried something different. Before I can check anything “fun” (email, social media, Feedly, etc), I get one big writing project out of the way. That might mean filling in a big outline, or finishing and sending off something. It’s made a huge difference in my sense of daily accomplishment and for “keeping that cycle going” for the rest of the day.
- Breakfast + Supplements. By now enough time has passed since taking my thyroid medicine that I can take in some sausage links and broccoli! I make a plate, and then take liquid Vitamin D and fermented cod liver oil (one is grosser than the other). These two supplements have been game changers for managing my mood and energy and come highly recommended from The Paleo Mom and Paleo Parents!
- Work ‘Til Hungry. After my breakfast break, I work until my stomach reminds me that it’s food time. In between there, I’ll break for chores around the house (laundry, getting JHubbs to do the dishes ;-), etc). After lunch, I work if I can stand it. If not, I read, work on music projects with Josh, or work on the couch and pretend it’s not work.
Like I said, this is my schedule when I’m doing my best work. Keep me up til 1am to record an album or have me skip breakfast on the way to a doctor’s appointment and the day falls apart like a Jenga tower.