Mornings have become sacred for me.
The funny thing was five years ago I HATED getting up early. From age 16-30, it was not uncommon for me to go to bed at 4 AM.
The short story on how I flipped that was I decided to start a backyard garden which required early work, and when sunset came around, I turned off all lights to restore my natural circadian rhythm.
There is no doubt in my mind that the driving force of going to bed late was due to spending absurd amount of time at night on my computer – especially when I was “all-in” learning web design and freelancing.
One outcome of this obsession is that I began to dislike the concept of holidays and weekends.
Extended time off like this is only necessary if you have a job that you don’t enjoy!
This past Labor Day weekend is a perfect example – I’ve worked Saturday, Sunday and today.
Just the other day, I answered a question from one of my members on the Monthly Q&A with Ray regarding time management tips for running your own business.
I’m no expert on the subject, but that has been a primary focus in the past 12 months, so I have plenty of thoughts and ideas that I’ve put to the test.
The biggest takeaways:
- You have to use a calendar to manage your “to-do” list
- My preference is to work 7 days a week, but fewer hours per day
- My most productive hours are before 10 AM
- During the afternoon, I always get the urge to go outside
- Full days off break your momentum & stall positive habit creation
- Long workdays burn you out before you create long-term progress
I know you are ready to make the transition into working from home. Once you make that decision, you must have the courage to stick with it.
The best way is to dedicate an hour each day pushing that ball forward.