Late September can mean one of two things:
- You are beginning to adjust to the new routine of school/work.
- You are wondering if you will ever adjust to it.
The hardest part of an enforced schedule is at the start: waking up early. No one wants to leave a warm bed and stagger onto the cold floor, body aching and grumbling that the sun didn’t rise yet. On weekends, it is the greatest pleasure to be woken by your alarm just so you can turn it off and go back to sleep like you wish you could all week.
However, some people are entrepreneurs and freelancers. They are self-motivated, work from home, and make their own hours. It’s the dream life. Except for when it’s not.
Here’s some insight on the pitfalls from working from home:
- Work never ends. There’s no established nine-to-five clockwork. The job begins the moment you wake up until you go to sleep. The redeeming factor is that you enjoy what you do. (If you don’t, G-d’s mercy be with you.)
- Lack of social interaction. Outside of your family, most interaction happens over texts, emails, and sometimes phone calls. Socializing becomes a conscious effort.
- You forget where the front door is located. Leaving the house can become inconvenient, especially for the freelancers who enjoy working in comfortable clothes like pajamas and sweatshirts. Once outside, you suddenly are shocked at the bright sun and how many people actually exist today.
You might think all freelancers sleep in, simply because they can. You could be right, but not for all. Call me crazy, but I like waking up early. I accomplish more in the morning than at night, and when noon rolls around, I’d like to think that half of my to-do list is done, as opposed to completely untouched.
Yet waking up early is hard, even for a morning person, so I turned to all freelancers’ best friend, Google, for tips on how to establish an early routine:
- Do it slowly. Begin waking up 15-30 minutes earlier for a few days then add to that until you reach your goal time.
- Go to sleep earlier. Even if you don’t think you will fall asleep, get into bed and read or do some other non-stimulating activity AKA no phones, laptops, or TV.
- Place your alarm clock far from your bed. This will force you to get up to shut it off. Once you do that and trek to the bathroom to wash your face, you’ll feel awake to start the day without pressing snooze.
- Don’t make excuses. A tired voice inside your head will try to convince you to sleep in. Ignore him and get up. (Maybe consider listening to that voice at night when you keep yourself up doing nothing past your bedtime.)
- Give yourself a motivation to get up. Some people like writing, exercising, or reading. Pick something pleasurable and do it in the morning.
It’s best to listen to your own body’s rhythm and to sleep the recommended six to eight hours (more than that is a waste of time) at the optimal time, but sometimes that is not practical because of work and school. Changing sleep patterns can leave you feeling tired until your body is used to it, so be patient with yourself. If these tips don’t help, there’s always coffee.
Goodbye Summer Snap Peas
- 4 cups snap peas
- 8 white mushrooms, sliced
- 1 head of garlic, minced (about 3 tbsp)
- 2-3 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Chop the ends off the snap peas and mix together with the mushrooms.
- Toss with the oil and garlic, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Spread onto a lined baking pan and roast for about 30 minutes.
- Serve hot or cold. Store in the fridge.