It took a long time for me to find a rhythm in working for myself. Suddenly there were so many options: what time do I want to get up? When do I do my best work? How long should I work for? Should I take time off on the weekend? How do I keep myself motivated?
After 2 years of being in business, here are some practices that have worked for me:
Limit time spent on the internet.
Schedule time to answer emails.
Work on my most important projects first. That way they get done when I'm at my best at the beginning of the day, and I don't have to spend energy worrying about them.
Drink more water to have better focus and a better mood, via Braid Creative. I'm not sure how this works, but I do feel better when I intentionally drink more water.
Don't work all day long. Figure out when your best times are to work, and do your best work then.
Ask myself how can my work benefit others in my community. I was recently reminded that work is an opportunity to serve others. It helps me find my purpose to look for ways in which I can be helpful to those I know, rather than just pursing my business agenda.
Let all that you do be done in love. - 1 Corinthians 16:14
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. - Philippians 2: 3-7
How can you help someone today?