Since I gave up my job to solely concentrate on running my business, I decided to make a few lifestyle changes. The most important and significant change I made was to my early morning routine.
I’m one of those people that runs a mile at even the mention of the word “routine”. I have successfully avoided ever having a 9-5 Monday-Friday job and just the thought of doing the same thing at the same time everyday makes me want to cry. Add in “Dress Down Friday” and there’s the recipe for the most depressing job I’ve ever heard (for me, anyway).
But, I’m also good at getting distracted and “faffing” so I figured I needed a loose routine idea to stick to every morning which ensured I would be up, awake and ready for the day at between 9 and 10am (which is why I’m now blogging at 9:58, BOOM).
I thought I’d share, in case anyone else struggles with rules and limits like I do but also needs to make sure their productivity stays in tact.
First of all, I have 2 alarms set 15 minutes apart (6:45 and 7am) so I have 15 minutes to doze if I need to (although my old rescue dog is usually awake by then and is squeaking outside my door).
I get up and take the dogs straight out for a walk. Most of the time still in my pyjamas with a coat and boots over the top, haha! I am lucky lucky lucky to live right on the beach so I usually head there.
To enable me to stick to this, there has to be some degree of flexibility. So if it’s raining, I’ll do a quick round-the-block walk, or I’ll only take one dog (the other is 12 and does not do well in the cold!).
When I get home, I make a green smoothie and have a few minutes to chill and drink it.
In the smoothie goes: 1 cup spinach, 1 cup kale, 1 cup fruit (bananas/berries), 1/8 cup almonds and a sprinkle of seeds (chia, flax, sunflower or pumpkin), topped up with milk (soy, almond, hazelnut or coconut) and cold water. Nutrition is really important if you want to feel energised and for your performance level to be high, you have to give your body what it needs.
I blend it up using my Nutribullet (best thing I’ve ever bought ever)
After that I usually check my work emails and deal with anything thats urgent. I try and get the potentially stressful things out the way.
I got these cute little wisdom cards from The Entrepreneur Enabler and they’re perfect if you need a positive reminder to start your day! They come in a little drawstring bag as well, so you can keep them on you in case you need a little bit of positive wisdom when you’re on the go. I’d also recommend the book “Misfit to Maven: The Story of Argh to Ahhh” whether you’re self employed, have a small business or even if you just want some personal clarity.
Next I do a work out. Again, I keep it flexible so if time is tight I just do 15 minutes of meditation/yoga or if I do have time I’ll do some gymnastics style conditioning/stretches and some weights. Not having a plan set in stone means I am able to stick to it and don’t feel guilty or pressured to do a full work out every day.
Finally, I get washed, dressed, make a cup of herbal tea and BOOM, ready to go! By this time I feel awake, positive and ready for a productive day, which means I can make the most of my time and put maximum effort into my blog and business.
Do you struggle with routine?
What are your early morning rituals?