Is your morning routine holding you back? As a solopreneur who works from home, getting your morning routine together is not only important, it is also personal.
When you’re self-employed, it’s super tempting to be inconsistent with your morning since there is no one holding you accountable. There are so many ways to be distracted that you can easily wind up sitting down to work much later than you intended.
On the other hand, it is also way too easy to go straight into work mode as soon as you wake up without even brushing your teeth or changing out of your pajamas.
You can take a look at social media and see how other entrepreneurs start their day, but the variety of routines could leave you feeling even more uncertain.
Are we all starting at 5am? Who’s working on Saturdays and Sundays? I thought we were trying to avoid burn-out and not overwork ourselves?
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Instead, ask yourself these five questions to assess what your true morning routine should look like:
5 Ways to Personalize Your Solopreneur Morning Routine
1. How hard do you like to hustle and grind?
Some people love to grind on their work all day every day. These people are also known as workaholics. When you’re a workaholic, putting in 10 or 12 hour days seems totally natural. However, for most of us, consistently working such long hours would lead to burnout, which is the exact opposite of why we became self-employed.
Be realistic with yourself. Don’t force yourself to have a work performance style that isn’t true to who you really are. You could easily risk resenting the very passion which you chose to become your business.
2. Do you have a daily start time for work?
When I first became self-employed, I went to work at a different time every morning. Eventually, I started to notice that this actually made me feel scattered and unproductive.
I realized that I had to pick a time to start my work day and count backwards to figure out when to wake up. Keep reading and I’ll explain why I came to that conclusion.
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3. Do you know when you are most productive?
Some people are just not meant for working 9 to 5 like Dolly Parton. Try as you might, you’ve discovered you’re more of a night owl than an early bird.
Have a quick check-in with yourself and figure out when you feel most productive. You may be surprised to discover that opening up shop at 8am is only going to leave you spinning your wheels for the next three hours with nothing to show for it until you get into your true zone.
If your business model doesn’t require you to work during conventional times of day, don’t force yourself to start early. The key is getting your deliverables in on time.
4. What are your non-negotiable self-care habits?
I am a huge believer in self-care, because I am totally susceptible to burnout. So for me, I have to incorporate meditation, exercise and a healthy breakfast into my morning. Without that, I will be Miss Grumpy Pants before I know it, and all productivity goes out the window.
I also don’t like to feel rushed, and that means waking up at least two and a half hours before I sit down to start working. In the end, I still wake up early, but I give myself time to thoroughly do activities that keep me feeling healthy and balanced so I can face my work day.
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5. Does anyone else rely on you for their morning routine?
For the parents out there, you already know where I’m going with this! Your morning routine can depend on who else needs you to be there for them in the morning.
It can be very challenging to practice all of your self-care habits when your kids, pets and spouse are all vying for your time and attention before they go about their own day.
If you are a caregiver, it is important to find balance between caring for yourself and caring for others. Sometimes that means setting clear boundaries of what you do and what your loved ones need to be responsible for.
It’s okay to delegate tasks. It’s okay to ask for support from your family. It’s okay to not do everything on your own.
- Create fun breakfast menus that your kids can make on their own.
- Encourage them to develop proper planning skills by making sure their homework and school clothes are prepped the night before.
- Find out if there’s a carpool community for taking your kids to school.
- Turn off the radio and TV while everyone is getting ready so there are fewer distractions and everyone can get focused.
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The bottom line
Success is a relative term, and there isn’t only one way to obtain it. You will be more likely to grow your business when you aren’t running yourself ragged trying to be someone you’re not.