posted on 5th July 2018 by Rebecca sander
I’ve been described as a morning person and I still think mornings are the fucking worst. As more and more people work freelance/self employed or are creating their own self initiated projects, there’s so much pressure on individuals to create a workday structure and stay motivated. As someone who works from home often, and struggles to stay motivated all day, this is the schedule that forces me to get things done.
The night before:
Make a plan/list: If you have a solid plan of action before you wake up, that’s one less thing to struggle with in the morning and you have no excuse not to jump right into your day. I don’t try and timetable my time because it has always broken down so quickly, more just a list of priority tasks and then small easily achievable things (post on social media about a new product/project for example) for a feeling of achievement.
Clean your space: If I’m working from home I will waste a couple of hours aimlessly tidying to avoid a blank page on my laptop screen, if this is done before I sit down it’s one less distraction.
Don’t look at your phone: Keep your phone somewhere away from your bed to avoid temptation, the amount of hours I’ve wasted sat in bed scrolling Twitter without realising I could have written a play by now.
Don’t have coffee right away: Studies show that caffeine is ineffective and even detrimental to your energy levels before 11am as it can interfere with your natural wake-up chemicals. So whilst coffee can seem like the answer to all of your problems you could be better off leaving it alone for a little.
Eat something: I am never hungry in the morning, but I force myself some tea and biscuits because if I don’t eat something I’ll forget and suddenly it’ll be 2pm and I’ll be so hungry I can barely see and will scratch the eyes out of anyone that comes near me.
“Eat the frog”: Do the hardest/worst/most annoying task first, get it out of the way and then the rest of the day is a breeze. In theory.
Get a good playlist: Because I’m writing, if I’m listening to something with speech in my brain can’t take both at the same time. I’ve tried writing an essay listening to a podcast before and ended up inserting random words I was hearing into sentences without noticing. So now I have playlists that are mostly instrumental for writing and more lyrical rhythmic music when I’m illustrating. Find something that suits your work rhythm and work with it.