The early bird gets the worm, but if you’re not a morning person, that worm doesn’t seem like a nice reward. There are plenty of us who just cannot get up in the morning as early as other people can, and if we do, we don’t feel like working right away. This may be a problem for freelancers who work from home because that means that you have to spend the rest of the day working instead of enjoying other things. Luckily, there are some great tips for people like you, so you don’t have to worry about the mornings anymore.
Tricks with the Alarm Clock
As a freelancer, you know your work time is flexible and that’s why you put the alarm clock on snooze at least 5 times. However, this may even make you more grumpy in the morning and you will have to find a way to get out of the bed; especially if there’s a lot of work to do. So, the best advice is to place your alarm clock a bit away from your bed. By making yourself get up out of bed to turn off the alarm, you will make yourself get up on time and start the day. You can also download those alarm clock apps that make you solve a math equation, and make your brain work and think as soon as you open your eyes.
Every non-morning person knows that coffee is their best friend. So, if that’s the case, as soon as you get out of the bed, brew your favorite cup of coffee. However, make sure not to overdo it with caffeine, because if you take in too much you might suffer from caffeine withdrawal or make a countereffect and coffee will make you drowsy. The mission here is to find the perfect amount of caffeine intake for your body and brain to function normally throughout your workday and get it all done perfectly.
As a freelancer, you probably already know that you need to organize your days and stay organized in order to get the job done. There are certainly many distractions at home and you will need some help with staying organized. That is why you should rely on some apps for setting goals to get you through the day. Look for apps to keep track of your tasks, time spent on doing work and keep a neat calendar.
You can also set up notifications on those apps to keep reminding you in the mornings what you have on your plate and how fast you should do it.
In order to get through the morning easier and get started on your work, you will need something to wake you up. There is nothing better for getting your blood flowing and mind ready for a long day of work than exercising. Consider doing some light exercises in the morning in order to pump yourself up for work. You can go jogging, do some yoga or lift some weights or find another physical activity that you’ll enjoy doing. Also, you should do some workout throughout the day, because physical activity will improve your sleep quality and you will be able to get up more easily in the morning.
Get Out of the House
If you work from home constantly, you already know that it can get frustrating and make you a bit crazy. By the time you’ve finished work you may feel tired of your surroundings and you might keep losing focus. That is why you need to get out of the house as much as you can. Try working from a local cafe from time to time, simply to change your surroundings. However, if you do prefer working from home, make sure to introduce short breaks and go for a walk. Another possibility is joining a local coworking space because there, all the people are focused on work, and at home, there might be too many distractions and the same surroundings will tire you out and make you crazy.
As a freelancer who simply hates mornings, you know it’s sometimes hard to motivate yourself to work. However, it is important to stay productive and efficient in order to have the rest of the day free, instead of wasting too much time on work. So, consider these tips and stay organized and mornings will eventually become much more pleasant.
Article by Ian Lewis
Bio: Ian Lewis is a father, writer, and a fitness nut. He’s passionate about many forms of strength training and spent years lifting all kinds of heavy objects.
His favorite quote: There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.
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