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!