Ever have one of those workdays when nothing, and I mean, absolutely nothing goes according to plan.
You can’t focus.
Interruptions and distractions drive you batty.
You start and stop a bajillion different things.
And at the end of it all… you feel you did absolutely nothing. Which isn’t far from the truth. Which makes you feel worse.
As work-at-home entrepreneurs, we’ve already established that our time is our greatest asset.
So, how about we really leverage that asset by setting the right foundation??
Yes, the secret to having a productive, profitable and peaceful work day is to… start right.
How to Start Your Days Right as a Work From Home Entrepreneur
1. Your Days Start the Evening Before
Your work day starts the evening before. So, make sure you’ve spent 15 minutes or so during the evening jotting down the 5-7 most important things that need to happen the next day.
I also use this time to review our meal plan to see what’s cooking, literally.
And also, check the calendar and schedule in any phone calls or meetings.
15 minutes is all it takes and it will mean that you will hit the ground in the morning with a clear head and a plan of action.
2. Ease Into the Day
I hate waking up late because it means I’m rushing around like crazy and by the time, I sit down to work, I’m already exhausted and craving chocolate.
So… ease into the day.
Whether you like to:
drink your bulletproof coffee or lemon-infused water,
take 5-10 minutes to quietly do that.
It will help you center yourself and really, ease you up.
Yes that is how I feel. I’m easing up into my day.
3. Do NOT Get Sucked into Social Media
I don’t know about you, but my “job” is social media so yes, I check all our clients’ social networks to make sure everything is going smoothly… BUT I only do that.
I don’t get sucked into replying to personal comments, messages or tweets, or checking Pinterest out.
I’m in and out… fast.
Unless, your job, like mine, is social media, I’d recommend skipping it altogether. Sidenote: if you have The Social Spread, you’ll be able to save time throughout the day as well 😉
Instead, use that time to prioritize your to-do list to see what you’ll be tackling first. Speaking of which, tackle your money-making tasks first.
4. Eat Your Breakfast
An empty stomach makes a cranky entrepreneur.
Trust me. You’ll have brain fog and you’ll be cranky, like your two-year old. Not very productive or peace-filled.
Instead, use 5 -10 minutes to eat your breakfast.
Mayank and I do that together and we go over our day simultaneously. It helps us check in with each other and also, get some quiet time together.
5. Get Dressed for Work
Seriously. Working from home can be casual Fridays all week long, but there is something to be said about dressing professionally.
I mean, you don’t need to be all suited and stuff, but I’ve noticed a dramatic increase in my productivity and self-confidence when I’m smartly dressed.
A quick shower, brush through the hair, some lip gloss, clean well-coordinated clothes, some fresh accessories and voila, done.
Are you ready to have more productive work from home days?
Notice a significant improvement in how you feel?
Experience the rush that comes from doing the things that matter straight off the bat?
Well then… Start right!
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I think you are right on these points Prerna, especially having breakfast and is should be a good one! I like these for quickness http://www.buzzfeed.com/tashweenali/energy-boosting-breakfast-toasts?s=mobile. Tomorrow I start Julia Bickerstaff’s 100 day goal again to help me start up my business so I’ll be putting you tips into action!
Kimberley thank you! Those breakfast ideas are great and I’m glad to hear you’ll be taking up the 100 day goal challenge and using my tips too.. Can’t wait to hear about your success! Cheering you on 🙂
I do SO much better when I remember to make my to-do list the night before. 🙂 I actually just wrote mine up, and I’m about to go relax with a Psych or two, lol.
I made my to-do list, and I REALLY need to use Social Spread tomorrow…I keep meaning to. Tonight I put it on my to-do list “do your dang social media already” roflol.
Haha! My Psych buddy! I’m excited to hear you’ll be using Social Spread Amanda! Can’t wait to learn about your success with it:) Gooo you!!
Love this, Prerna! Especially the bit about social media. With 5 kids, I don’t normally start my work day in the morning but a work session always starts with some creative work, and then in the last 15-20 minutes of the session I focus on reactive work – emails, social media, invoice chasing etc. I find this helpful because there is a limit to the amount of time I can spend on the stuff that doesn’t actually make a whole lot of different in my business.
Hey Eva! Totally agree about using the last part of the work day for “reactive work”… I do the same.. and I even use a timer. Yes, I’m slightly obsessive about my time.;)