I giggle when people wonder about my life…. to me? It’s so, so boring. Do people not realize my day revolves around puppy walks, sweatpants, and reheating my coffee cup that I never seem to manage to drink while it’s still warm?
But being the hypocrite I am, I love to ask my guests on the Goal Digger Podcast: tell me what your day looks like. Because it is so interesting, right? It’s fascinating to hear how people start their day, their rituals and routines. Learning about someone’s average day can really tell a lot about them and their priorities. And sometimes this work from home entrepreneur life SEEMS like it could be so glamorous but in reality, it looks a lot different (hello, no shower for 3 days and working in PJ’s).
I thought it would be fun to take you along with me on a typical day to see what this yoga pant wearing, work from the couch with two crazy dogs and a hunky (also work from home) husband looks like. I’m fully aware this is allll going to change with baby Kutch making an appearance soon, so maybe we’ll do an update on what our schedule looks like post-baby next year!
To start the day
We wake up with the sun. That’s right, no alarms set or phones in our bedrooms here. Revolutionary right? It took me about 6 years of being my own boss before I ever asked myself: why am I setting an alarm every day? I start each day with 5 main steps to keep me grounded, more productive and happier. So what do I do when my eyes open in the morning?
1. Wake up with gratitude: Not grumbles… I know, I know, before your roll your eyes and click out of this post, hear me out. There’s something about laying in bed for few minutes while you wake up and think of the things you’re thankful for. Lately, I’ve been trying to spend just 10 minutes in bed, no phones, snuggling, petting the pups, memorizing every mole on Drew’s face and practicing gratitude. Since doing this, I feel less frantic in the mornings and I feel a sense of joy and not dread about what I’m about to do for the day.
2. Stretch and flow: Hear me out, I love yoga and there is something incredible about spending 10 minutes at the start of your day breathing deeper intentionally and hitting that downward dog to wake everything up. Ever wonder why it feels SO good to stretch in the morning? When you sleep in the bed, your body is not moving and your blood isn’t circulating very well, wake up that body gently. I used to think my brain was “too active” to embrace yoga but now even taking 10 deep breaths and feeling in my body helps me to kick off the day!
3. Drink a glass of water: I used to suck at drinking liquids… like I was actually the worst. Now? I go to bed with a water bottle on my nightstand and it has to be empty before I leave my bedroom. Think about it: you just went 7-8 hours without drinking any water! Even if your body isn’t telling you that it’s thirsty, it probably is. Challenge? Chug 16oz of water when you get up… Water fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins, gives your brain fuel… the list goes on and on.
4. Write down your big 3 for the day: Ever start a day and don’t even know where to begin so you open your inbox and start putting out other people’s fires? Ever finish a day and wonder what the heck you actually accomplished? This step will change all of that. Before I open an app or log into my inbox, I ask myself: what are the 3 things you must get done today? Notice I didn’t say 10 or 20… but three. These should be your biggest priorities, the things that are moving you closer to your biggest goals. When you do this before grabbing your phone, scrolling, and checking email, you will be far more likely to stay in alignment with what’s most important for you to accomplish.
5. Get fresh air: I started taking my dogs for a walk every morning. They literally bark and stare at me with their puppy eyes if I don’t hook up their leashes the minute my feet hit the steps. It’s an awesome time to get moving, start slowly, hop on the phone with my mom, put on some tunes, or listen to a podcast, and tucker out the dogs before starting my workday. Think you don’t have time for fresh air? Think again! Fresh air is good for digestion, it can improve your blood pressure and heart rate, it makes you happier, strengthens your immune system. When you get outside you usually have more energy and a sharper mind… it might just save you time!
My daily rituals
Once I’ve started the day off right, I usually head to the gym with Drew before sitting down to work. Then I’ll check in with my team to make sure they have everything they need for their days, make sure that their top 3 are aligned with the business’s goals and priorities and just to say “hi” because I love them! Then I’m laser-focused on one of my top 3 priorities so that no matter what, I’ve accomplished something important first thing instead of mindless tasks like email or social media.
Drew and I usually eat lunch together and then take the dogs out for a little walk (spoiler: we can’t even say the word “walk” in our house or they go crazy!) We’ll either put on the TV for a bit or listen to some music while we disconnect for a bit and refuel. Then it’s back at it for us!
My daily rituals stay the same, but my work from day to day looks so different. I love to batch my work and so I’m often focusing on one area of my business which allows me to get a lot of that one kind of work done before moving onto the next thing. A day could look like… shooting images for a sponsor, coaching my mastermind girls, creating a new freebie or recording 6 podcast episodes in one sitting.
It might be hosting live webinars or answering questions from my course students in our private Facebook groups. It could be reviewing ad copy, email copy, and designs from my team. I might be creating email funnels or researching content for episodes for the podcast, or creating fresh course content for my students. It’s all work I love and if I didn’t narrow my focus it would get easy to get overwhelmed by the variety of work and different tasks. People often ask how I do it all… my answer? Batch work.
There’s A LOT of balls in the air to keep this empire moving and although it can be overwhelming at times, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I talk more about the perfect work from home schedule here and tips I have for being productive when you’re the boss and the couch is calling your name.
The shutdown time
I hate to admit it but I used to sleep with my computer on my nightstand…. you know, in case something urgent came up at 2AM or I remembered an email I forgot to reply to. Yeah, not proud of it. It can be so easy to just keep working for people like us who love what we do. I have to be really intentional about a shut down time for my business and stick to it. Drew and I literally put our phones away in a basket in the kitchen at 7PM and you will not be able to get ahold of us after that! We’ll cook dinner, talk about our days and watch some trashy reality tv.
Drew and I always, and I mean ALWAYS go to bed at the same time. We’ve literally never missed a night. We end each day saying something we’re grateful for and enjoy our wind down time. I love to read, just for fun. For years I read business books or self-development books but those just made my brain spin when I was trying to shut down! Reading gives my mind a break and allows me to relax and settle in before bed, I’ll be honest: I usually only get about 10 pages in before I start falling asleep.
My routine has changed a lot over the years but I’ve consistently held start and end times, set clear priorities, and created boundaries that I can stick to so that I am running my business and my business isn’t running me!
I’m super curious, what are your daily rituals? I’d love to hear them!