Over the years, I’ve become more and more of a morning person.
At one point, I was a night owl, thinking that was the time I worked the best, had the most creative ideas or perhaps it just felt much more romantic to be up and prowling around at 2 a.m. in the morning.
Probably it was having my son that began to change my internal clock.
As a freelancer I woke up before he did to write my scripts. That first hour and a half in the morning was perfect. There were no distractions, no phone calls and I got most of my work out of the way so I could hang out with him. (Although to be honest, sometimes, it felt a little schizoid.)
Now with the summer sun coming through my window, I’m usually out of bed by 5:30 a.m. or 6 a.m. That really gives me enough time to get a great start to my day.
I usually do a bit of work and then I’m out the door to exercise. If I wait until later in the day, going to yoga or walking fall off the to-do list altogether. Phone calls or meetings crowd it out. The idea of putting on gear just seems too much effort.
The day of the entrepreneur can fill up pretty quickly and so here are some of my reasons for getting an early start.
Mornings set the tone for the day
I like the freedom of having a quiet cup of coffee, making or going over my list of things to do and then starting to tackle it. In the process, I can usually cross off a couple of items on my list. That starts the day on a positive note and I feel that I’ve already accomplished something before breakfast.
Mornings are great for meditation and writing
Those quiet times are perfect for spending time in silence. I usually meditate for about 11 minutes and I can always tell what a difference it makes to my day. Some people write first thing in the morning to get all of the gunk out of their heads.
Eat the frog first
I’m referring to something on your to-do list that creates anxiety. The mornings are terrific for this, especially if it means total concentration. You can write that email or read that script or create a plan for a new project – tasks that sometimes get pushed aside when you’re in the midst of your day. And if it means dealing with a challenging person, after having some momentum from your other tasks, you can chat with them first thing when they get into the office.
Plan out your morning
I find if I have my running shoes right beside my bed, I don’t even think about it. I just put everything out the night before so I’m not making the decision. It has been done for me. You might make coffee on a timer so it’s ready for you when you’re just getting up.
What motivates you in the morning?