I reckon a fun and practical morning routine is a great asset for any entrepreneur to have.
I have an unstructured routine myself that includes stretching, meditation, a green smoothie, and playing with my boxer dog, Rory, before sitting down at my computer to work.
I asked a few of my small-biz friends for a peek into their mornings (don’t we all love to see behind the scenes?). Here’s what they shared:
TARA BLISS // Spirit-fuelled coach, speaker + healer:
Each and every day is so beautifully different, depending on what I’m launching or creating, and how early my coaching days starts, but generally, and as of late, my mornings have been rolling like this:I wake up and do 60 minutes of kundalini yoga (thanks to http://yogaglo.com), followed by a 20 minute meditation. This is normally quite early – at around 4:30-5am. After that I might check in with emails and social media before taking a beach walk, and then returning home for a smoothie, and a warm shower. It also takes me about ten minutes to take all my herbs and super foods!Generally, I’m well and truly working by about 7am - and working could mean anything from editing to my book, collaborating on a project, writing blog posts, coaching, or responding to emails.What I know to be true is this: I need these THREE ESSENTIAL THINGS if I’m to set myself up for a fulfilling day: Exercise, meditation, writing. Those are my non negotiables.It’s a routine that works for me, and I’d just like to say here that NO routine blueprint is for the same two people. Find YOUR flow. Find what works for you. If you’re a meditate and exercise at night kinda gal, brilliant! Own it.
Some mornings don’t roll like this at all, but over time I’ve learnt that including these 5 activities in mymorning routine sets me up for a great day:
1. Making the bed as soon as I get up;
2. Actually showering, getting dressed and putting make up on (even if I’m not planning on going anywhere or seeing anyone);
3. Laughing with my forever guy;
4. Having a few minutes quiet contemplation while eating breaky away from the computer (I give myself bonus points if this involves getting some sun on my face as well); and
5. Writing down my goals and doing some ‘real work’ before checking email.
I’ve also recently discovered that I get just as much done in a day when I start my day by doing something fun that fills my well as I do when I throw myself into work straight away so I figure, why not start with a little fun, right??
TAHLEE ROUILLON // Meditones creator + attitude revolution instigator:
On the best mornings, my routine is as follows:Meditate with a meditones trackEat a boiled egg and steamed veges for breakfastDo a Pilates routine on the foam rollerWrite my To-Do list in order of prioritiesDo the most important thing on my listEnsure all blog & social media posts have been scheduled and important emails have been replied to.
DANI PEPPER // Creator of Forever Glow (organic + sustainable beauty):
My morning routine has taken me a while to get down pat. I find now that if I don’t follow this I end up procrastinating for hours, and that is no good to anybody! As soon as I wake I head to the kitchen – it’s time to make a super nutritious breakfast (as on super busy days this may be my main meal for the day – yikes!) and greet my fur babies. I have two german shepherds and they are so excited when we get up in the morning! During breakfast I watch some morning news or something like that and check my emails. I then go and shower and get dressed just like I used to when I had a ‘real’ job, if I don’t get out of my pj’s again I procrastinate and just don’t feel ‘in the mood’ to work.
I also do my ‘To Do’ list the night before. I am more switched on in the evenings and anything I haven’t completed for the day I can carry over. I’m not the best morning person so having a plan works really well for me- I’m flexible and it can change but at least I know what my schedule looks like for the day. This is working really well for me at the moment but it will probably evolve as my business grows and my priorities change!
HELEN THOMAS // Intuitive life coach + writer:
The first few moments upon waking each morning are spent cuddling my little girl, Isla. This centres me and sets my intention for the day. Up next is a flurry of getting dressed, fed and Isla goes off to kindy – although I try to make it as relaxed as possible. Rhythm in my day is important and I focus on creating gentle transitions between high-energy activities. So, after the busy-ness of getting Isla off to kindy, I always grab a leisurely coffee or tea, either at a local cafe or park, and always with my journal.
The next hour is spent connecting with my spirit guides and journalling, usually with meditation. This hour is vital as it gives instant clarity. And it usually highlights immediate next steps I hadn’t actually considered. Then, it’s off to implement the guidance I’ve received.
Do you have a morning routine? If not, have these ladies inspired you to start one? Would love to hear from you in the comments below
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I’m a bit of a goody two shoes.
I hardly ever break rules. I never once got detention at school. I excelled in many subjects and pretty much lived for praise from my parents and teachers.
Striving to be a ‘perfectly behaved’ child (ha – I totally was, mum) meant I grew up to be an over-achieving, people pleasing adult. I work very hard and I want to be universally liked.
While this was never a problem while I was an employee (in fact, I’m sure my bosses loved it), since working for myself, this has become apparent:
Striving to be universally liked is not a smart or sustainable business strategy.
Over the past six months, my business has grown enormously. I went from having sporadic freelance jobs to fully booked within a matter of weeks. I took almost every job that landed in my inbox. I wanted to be of service and help everyone with everything! And I was excited to be making money.
But, what happened was:
- I overbooked myself, to the point where I was working 12-18 hour days, 6-7 days a week
- I stayed up all night to get client projects done
- I discounted my rates, often without being asked
- I sometimes gave services away for free
- I said yes to jobs I didn’t want to do
- I did an unreasonable amount of revisions for clients without saying anything
- I put client work first, before family, friends and building my own business
I did these things because I wanted people to be pleased with me and my work.
Yes, some of my motives were intentional, such as making connections, creating a good client base, getting my name ‘out there’, earning much-needed money, and getting experience and materials for my portfolio.
But really, what I created was pleased clients who expected super-quick turnarounds for discounted rates and one bleary-eyed, exhausted, strung out Alana who wasn’t much fun anymore. By saying yes to clients’ unreasonable demands or impractical deadlines, I was allowing clients to push me around – and it wasn’t even their fault.
It was totally unsustainable, unenjoyable and downright SHITHOUSE. Yep, I was earning more money every month, but the cost was way too high.
I had to learn the hard way about the importance of boundaries.
Ahem – *am* learning. As I type this at 10pm on a Thursday evening.
I read recently that starting your own business is a fast track to personal growth, and so far, for me, it’s crazy true. Going through this has shown me that I really need to step up and work on my self worth. I need days off. I need to leave the house sometimes. I need to prioritise self-care and healthy food and exercise. And to do this, I need to guard my space and time ferociously.
So, here is my declaration:
In 2014, I am spending 3 days a week doing client design work, 2 days a week building my business (and working on some new offerings), and having weekends off.
In addition, I am:
- Raising my prices
- Only taking on clients I am excited to work with
- Allowing reasonable timeframes for design work (no all-nighters here)
- Being more intentional with the time I spend in front of the computer
- Prioritising self-care, health, sleep, fun, and family and friends.
It’s very easy to slip into the all-business, all the time mode when you love what you do (like I do). But by creating boundaries, I’ll create an intentional, profitable and balanced part of my life, instead of an uncontrollable force taking over my life.
Does this post resonate with you? If so, I’d love you to share it with your friends, and leave me a comment – do you have strong boundaries? (Give me your advice!) Or do you need to create some, like me?
Declare your new boundaries below for the world to see!
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