Freelancing and the Morning Routine

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Ah yes, a lack of routine – one of the biggest stumbling blocks to any freelancing career. You’ll be called upon to work early mornings, late nights and weekends and though you should give yourself a break during the day (one of the perks is you can stop work anytime you like, even take a two hour lunch break if you like), self-discipline is what you need in bucketloads.

Today’s Daily Post has an interesting prompt about The First 30 Minutes of your day and I feel this time slot is the period in which I psych myself up for whatever work I have that day. I admit to being influenced mostly by what my workload looks like the moment I check my To Do List and work-related emails I’ve got overnight. I do work for people all over the world so it’s normal to get emails about work at 2am and 5am and these normally need to be looked at first – if only to give a response informing the client that I am aware of the problem and will deal with it as soon as I can.

My daily routine follows these steps:

  • Wake up with the alarm. My alarm is set for around 8am during the week and 8:30 at weekends. Getting into a routine of waking at the roughly the same time every day helps to keep me fresh and on top of things
  • Switch on laptop because my 4-year-old machine is a little slower than it used to be and all the startup software takes about 10-15 minutes these days
  • Make coffee, because I’m not fully compos mentis until I’ve had my first few sips
  • Make breakfast at the same time. I’m a big breakfast person and feel I can’t get going until I have eaten something
  • Check emails. Before I log into elance or odesk, I check my emails. This invariably means I’m responding to you good people on WordPress before I look at work because I prefer my breakfast and coffee time to be my own time – unless there’s something urgent work-wise
  • Facebook, sorry I can’t help myself – but only as long as I am still eating breakfast and after I have answered my urgent queries.

All going well, the first thirty minutes of my day are over and I am ready to hit the shower. Around 45 minutes after waking, I’m ready to crack on – and that’s much shorter than the commute for most people.

Ok, time to tell me your routines!

 

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14 thoughts on “Freelancing and the Morning Routine

  1. Mine is a bit different, because I have children. Usually my alarm clock (my one year old) goes off between 5:30 am – 7:00 am, depending on what stage of the teething process we’re in that day.The kids get fed first and foremost. Coffee is the next must have, as well as checking my phone for notifications from my wordpress account, twitter, and facebook. I then log into my transcription company’s website to see how many files are ready for editing. After selecting which file I would like to work on – I save it and finish getting the two older kids ready for school. When all that is said and done, the one year old is ready for a quick morning nap… it takes roughly a half hour to get her settled and to sleep. Once she’s asleep (usually close to 9 am at this point) THEN I can get to work.

    I freelance for a transcription company as an editor and freelance ‘ghostwrite’ at the moment (always looking for more work, of course!). So it extremely varies as to how much work is available which day.

    1. Hi, thanks for your comment. It’s always interesting to see how other people work around their commitments. I have no children and my girlfriend lives 200 miles away so I can be very flexible.

      1. Awe! Hope you get to see her reasonably often! I enjoy seeing how others freelance from home as well. I don’t get to work as much as I’d like because of the baby and I’m new to the field, so it’s good to see how else it can be done!

  2. I wake up around 6am. I may or may not check my email from bed on my Kindle. If I do, then the dog’s walk comes a little late. If not, then I get out of bed, get dressed, and take the dog for a 40 to 60 minute walk. That’s more than the 30 minutes you want me to describe so I’ll stop there, but suffice to say I do more before you even get up! 😉

  3. I wake at 6 and watch news until 6:30 (in my dreams, I’m doing this on my treadmill but in reality, I’m still under the duvet. Then up, shower and bathroom/face-painting, accompanied by my latest audiobook of choice. I too have to power up my three year old PC at this point, and leave it to chunder through an interminable startup routine. Breakfast (always), coffee (strong, black, 1 mug only), and back to my desk for 9:00am, second mug of caffeine in hand. Yes, on reflection, I think I might be a little OCD about this. 🙂

  4. mrmonkey1980

    Ah, I wish i earned enough money to do freelancing full time. Alas, i have to do two jobs in half the time. That’s a good schedule though

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