There are 3 specific things that I do before starting work which sets me up for success and if there is one thing I’ve learned as an entrepreneur, it is that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Having a goal and a plan is essential – especially when you don’t have a team of people around you to help pick up the slack on those days you don’t feel like doing the work ahead of you, or something pops up that prevents you from working.
Over the past couple of months I’ve started to develop a routine in the morning, and from that habit, I’ve found that there are 3 specific things I do that set me up for a great day at work. At first, it was just part of the process, but now I can see the benefit and how they change my attitude and approach and makes my day a success every time. I hope you like them and that they might help you too!
Yep, preparing for work happens the night before as I check my calendar and tasks and prioritise what needs to be done first. If I don’t do this it is much easier to get distracted by other things that are more appealing or even find myself magically on Pinterest with no direction at all. Choose 3 tasks from your primary task list that you’re going to accomplish the next day and write them in your diary so you’re ready to go when you arrive at your desk.
As someone who works from home, the difference between having a morning routine that focusses on self-care and not is remarkable. Those days when I would get out of bed, make myself a coffee, sit down at my computer and just “have a peek” at my emails or social media were so much less productive and I found it much harder to find focus. Now when I wake up between 6-6.30am, I make a coffee and walk outside to sit in the morning sun and meditate for 10 minutes. After this, I do some exercise, have breakfast and read a devotional before I make my way to my desk around 8 am and start my day. I feel fresher, more focused and have found that I am so much more productive once I’ve had a morning like this.
When you work from home, not putting on shoes seems like one of the perks of the job but on those days I put shoes on I “feel” more professional and productive. Sometimes its just my cons and other times its something a little dressier but just popping on my shoes means I am ready for anything that comes my way such as a last minute coffee date or clean up in the office.