I’ve been making lots of changes lately for the better, both in my business + personal life. And one thing that I’ve realized is that the routines and patterns I set for myself now are likely to shape my future in a big way. So, I’ve made a promise to myself to live with intention in everything I do to help give clarity and allow myself to enjoy each and every day like we all should. It may sound cliché, but I’m not worried about that. This lifestyle is easier said than done and I applaud those of you who have a natural knack for going with the flow and living easy. Seriously!
Although there are several things I’ve started doing in order to shift perspective, I’m going to discuss a simple idea that deals with the work side of things. This is the Be Free, Lance column after all … I’ll dive more into the personal end of things later on! Promise.
So my question for you is when do you work best during the day?? I learned early on that I do not function as well late in the afternoon and tend to get unfocused + antsy. But despite discovering this, I never changed anything for two whole years. And honestly, I think the sole reason was because I got stuck into a routine. I would wake up sometime in the 9 o’clock hour and work between 10-6 every single day. I rarely got dressed and didn’t leave my desk for hours on end. Not very fun.
With all that said, my lazy-work-fest days are done and I’ve turned a new page. First things first : I set an alarm now. I wake up everyday at 7 in the morning, make our bed, get ready ( this is embarrassingly such a milestone ), eat breakfast, and am working by 8. What I’ve discovered is that I design best in the morning. They tend to be much quieter and allow me to focus. It’s crazy how much you can get done before lunch!! Hello. Plus, an earlier start time means I’ve successfully avoided the afternoon slump. Instead, I run errands, go for a run, sit outside, or do a little house work.
This brings us back to the question of when do YOU work best. Although I’ve outlined my own schedule, I know that every freelancer works differently and has their own quirks. Maybe you work best late at night or unlike me, late in the afternoon. The point is : find your sweet spot. And once you have it, run with it. I promise you will be more efficient and find ease within your personal life. Working during your BEST hours helps decrease stress, which is always a good thing.