For those of you who have a full-time job, and are trying to start their side gig you know that being productive during your days off is crucial for additional income. For some, there are too many distractions at home to get any work done… whether it’d be kids, wife, pets, or friends. For me, my days off are on the weekends and it is very crucial to complete some of my obligations at home, which doesn’t leave me with much time to work on my side gig. Being productive and using your remaining free time is crucial. This is how I set myself up for a productive day and stay motivated even when I wake up on the wrong side of the bed.
Just before going to bed, start stretching and begin the process of relaxation. Think positively before going to bed. This will be crucial for starting your next day. Sleep when the sun is down, and wake up when the sun rises.
I wake up every morning around the same time… it’s usually 7:45 am. I do have an alarm clock however I’ve been accustomed to waking up at that time. I do believe that waking up naturally is much better than being awaken by technology, in which it will set you up for a shitty day.
Just recently, I’ve started meditating first thing in the morning. I get myself a nice warm green tea and start the process of calming myself. There’s some good apps out there called Calm and HeadSpace. I also use YouTube videos on meditation, and they definitely do help! I’m currently in the trial period, but I’m definitely interested in paying for the monthly subscription. Since I’ve started doing this, I’ve noticed my days becoming less shitty and much more productive. You are probably thinking that it’s all in my head…. but that’s the point!
After meditating, I’d hit the shower. Start taking cold showers. People’s been mentioning all the benefits of cold showers… and I put that into the test. There’s a video about benefits of cold shower, and now I’m hooked. There are way too many positives of taking cold showers, giving you energy, aids in fat loss, and will probably wake even a dead man up…..
Taking breakfast very seriously have been game changer. Eating well first thing in the morning helps you put more energy into your body. More energy = Positive Mindset! Initially I would skip breakfast since I wasn’t really a morning person, but now it’s one of my favorite meal of the day.
Reading in the morning also helps me think clearly and enhances my writing ability. So if you’re a writer, I suggest reading first.
I also make myself a cup of coffee using a Keurig. I’m a bit of a coffee addict, and I need my daily dosage of caffeine to keep me going.
It usually takes me about 15-20 minutes to cook my breakfast. During that time I like to listen to informative podcasts while I cook. I am currently listening to, The Tim Ferris Show, Zacks Value Investor, Dave Ramsey, or The Daily.
What is all the point of all this?
For starters, this is a routine that allows me the time to relax before starting my day. It gives me a chance to figure out what’s really important to work on, and put my time into it. I feel if you just start working on your work with no clear plan, you’ll just end up working hard.. not smart. The time allows me to adjust through my tasks and pick the important ones.
With a clear meditated level, full belly, and a caffeinated well being, I’m all pumped up to start my day. I learned that starting the morning slow is super important for a productive day. I’ve also learned that meditation has helped me to be more mindful about what I do and how I perform. I make sure to eat a full plate breakfast meal with a nice hot coffee – I know a lot of people don’t have the time to do so. But I think you should make the time and effort for yourself befoer you get to work.
Here’s my challenge to you!
1. Wake up 2 hours before you have to go to work — this means you might have to go to bed earlier, and sleep is super important for productivity as well.
2. Meditate first thing in the morning — If you need some guidance, I suggest HeadSpace or Calm apps. If you’re just not into meditating (although you should at least try), then read a chapter or two of a book. It can be fiction or non-fiction, it’s completely up to you.
3. Create a simple routine and ritual for yourself that you follow every morning — The idea here is not to waste your brain power deciding what to wear or what to eat. If you’re not a creature of habit, prepare these things the night before so you’ll know exactly what you’re gonna do the next morning.
4. Listen to a podcast while you make and/or eat breakfast — While it may not be a podcast, just find something you enjoy listening to or watching.
5. Be mindful of the food you’re eating and the time you have — Remember that not everyone has this luxury and you should be grateful for that. During your morning, let your mind wander and come up with ideas. Think about what you need to accomplish at work today. Pick the thing that’s the most important or will make a big impact and start with that.
I bet that when you’re ready to start your day, you’ll be more productive than you’ve ever been in your life, even on the shitty days. The goal is to not let your day get shitty by setting yourself up for productivity.
If you decide to take this challenge, please add your thoughts and opinions to the comment section below.
Now, get to work!