It’s a bit of a cliché, but one of the things I love about owning a home-based business is that I can work in my pajamas.
My morning routine for several years has been like this: I read the New York Times over breakfast, and when I’m done, I go over to the computer to review my e-mail. Then I’ll take care of a few things that need to be done that day. Only then do I get dressed and ready for the day.
But I’ve noticed lately that if I don’t have any appointments until the afternoon, I can spend the entire morning at the computer in my pajamas. We all know how sitting at the computer for 15 minutes can easily turn into two or three hours. Before I know it, I’m eating lunch in my pajamas, too!
So I now have a new rule. After breakfast, I process my e-mail. Then it’s time to shower and get dressed, even if I have no appointments for hours. This makes me more productive, for several reasons.
First of all, I’m “putting in the big rocks first”. (See my earlier post of that name if you’re not familiar with that term). I’m less likely to have to rush to get ready later on when I have to go out.
Second, it gives me more flexibility about how to use my time. If I need to run errands or walk my dog, I can easily do it because I’m already dressed and ready.
Third, it makes me feel more professional. I feel like a business owner and not a hobbyist, and I’m more likely to tackle a complex task.
I’m still going to give myself the luxury of staying in pajamas on weekend mornings, especially as I linger over the sections of the weekend newspaper. But feeling more business-like on weekday mornings is a nice change for me.
If you find it hard to get started in the morning, you might want to try this, too.