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Starting the Day Right
Whether you’re heading out to the office and prepping to go to your home-based office, you need to do the work of mentally and physically preparing yourself for a productive and successful work day. It can be easier to get into a “morning routine” when you have to physically leave your home and go to an outside office. But when all you have to do is walk down the hall or down the stairs from the comfort of your bed it can be a bit more challenging.
It’s tempting to wear your PJ’s or favorite sweatpants and tee all day because after all, who’s going to see you right? But what happens when you get a call from a colleague who wants to do a quick Skype about collaborating on a project? Or a media outlet wants to do a quick interview about your latest book? There are a number of scenarios that can catch you off guard if you haven’t gone through the steps of getting yourself ready to start your day.
Getting ready is as much a morning routine as it is a mental exercise of preparing yourself for the day ahead. In full disclosure I confess that these principles were learned behaviors. I am not naturally a “morning” person. When I first started to work from home my workday wouldn’t usually start until 10:30am. Had I went into the office I’d be ready to go at 8:30am. So I was losing two hours of productivity. When I left my position and started my own business it only got worse. There were days when I didn’t start work until 12:30p or 1pm! Needless to say I was not positioning myself for success.
After getting real about my goals for my business and building the life I wanted, I changed my routine. Lisa Larter said,
“You won’t get results in your business unless you show up and behave like professional.”
Once I made a few changes and implemented a new morning strategy, I started to get results in my life and in my business. Here’s how I get R.E.A.D.Y. each day (weekends included).
I’ve created a routine of setting my alarm, getting up, brushing my teeth, showering and getting dressed (more about that below). What’s been great about doing this every morning is that I’m not quite awake as I engage in these routines. So it allows my mind to wake up and consider what I want to focus on for the day. I don’t grab my phone, check emails, or social media, I just use that time to become present for the day. It took a few weeks to get into this habit because I would usually lay in bed, check my phone, get lost in social media, watch the morning news, and basically fill my head with what’s going in the world, instead of what’s going on with me.
This was another revolutionary action for me. I don’t usually have an appetite in the morning and often skip breakfast. As a way to continue being present for the day I grab a boiled egg (I boil several ahead of time over the weekend) and a piece of whole grain toast. The protein from the egg fills and fuels my body and the carb wakes up my brain. I also make my own tea latte which saves me time and money since I’m no longer running to Starbucks.
So you knew I was going to talk about appearance right? I wrote a blog post a couple of years ago about What to Wear When You Work From Home so you can definitely refer back to that post to learn my thoughts on the subject. The key thing to know about your appearance and the power of what you wear is this:
What you wear has a psychological impact on how you see yourself which will affect your performance level. In addition, what you wear impacts how others see you which will affect their desirability to work with you.
Daily To Do
Spend time jotting down what you want and need to accomplish for the day. If there are items that you need to attack or finish from the day before or more pressing time sensitive matters tend to those first. However, whatever’s on your list must be tied to your overall mission, vision, goals, and dreams. Zig Zigler said, “Begin with the end in mind.” So your daily to-do’s should move you one or more steps closer to your big picture goals and objectives. These times are also meditative for me. This may not be your thing but once I finish my list I pray over it. I speak my affirmations in prayer and ask for guidance, direction, and blessings over what I’m doing and who I may touch. It’s a powerful way for me to set my intentions.
Simply put….get to work. By this time my energy level is at its peak and I’m raring to “eat that frog” as Brian Tracy would say. By the way, I start this routine at 7:00am and am ready to work by 9:00am every day.
How Do You Get Ready?
Do you have a morning routine that get’s you focused and productive? Share it in the comments below.
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