I’m a freelancer. You’re probably a freelancer. Most people who read this site are freelancers.
As a freelancer, it’s important to develop a schedule and routine that keeps you happy, productive and feeling good.
With a good early-morning routine, you’re setting yourself up for a good day. With a bad early-morning routine, you’re setting yourself up for a bad day.
So here are my 5 tips for starting your day…
1) Look at your phone IMMEDIATELY after you wake up. Don’t give your eyes a single fucking second to adjust from dark to light. Flood your brain with cortisol so you’re ready to instantly attack your distressingly-heavy workload. This tactic will make you VERY stressed VERY quickly, which sets you up for the tone of your day.
2) Drink at least three cups of coffee before you drink any water. Hydration is for the weak, but caffeine is for the ready. And if you’re gonna get that work done, you’ll need all the energy you can get. You don’t get any time to rest, so why should your kidneys?
3) Give yourself a motivational speech. Look in the mirror while you do this. Stare into the abyss of your own vacant eyes while you talk yourself into having a positive and productive day. You should choose specific phrases that work for you… but I usually say things like “c’mon, c’mon, just one more day,” “oh god oh god oh god, what are you doing with your life you idiot prick?”, and “you are such a worthless bag of shit.”
4) Cry. You’ll be doing it at some point today anyway, so you might as well get it done now!
5) Do a brief burst of exercise. This will get your blood flowing, your energy levels increasing, and your mind and body prepped for some action. Do whatever works for you (yoga, walking, running, lifting weights, etc). Typically, I check the pathetic state of my bank balance, which always raises my heart rate to pretty impressive levels. That, or I repeatedly punch/kick/headbutt the nearest wall.
For more tips on productivity or being a successful freelancer, keep checking back on my site. Or for specific advice, get in touch.
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