Women Build each other up. That’s why Alison Gilbert, Founder of The Big Whisper empowers the next generation of females to become thriving business owners. The New York-based, weekly newsletter and community shares strategy and growth tools with ladies around the country. Her goal – increase the 4% of women-owned companies generating over $1MM in revenue. Here’s how she starts off the morning for maximum productivity to build her venture.
6:00 - 7:00 am Wake up; I generally don’t set my alarm unless I have a morning meeting or appointment. It's rare that I do because I know, my most productive time is the mornings, so I keep the mornings clear. I don’t book anything until 11 am. I don't like using an alarm because it makes for going to sleep less anxiety-inducing. I go to bed early and let my circadian clock wake me. Occasionally, there are days when I wake after 7 am which tells me my body needed the extra rest!
7:00 am The first thing I do is make coffee. While that’s brewing, I scoop homemade granola, that I make in batches every few weeks, into a bowl.I’ll cut some strawberries and throw in some other berries with whole milk.
7:15 - 7:45 am I sit at my favorite chair next to the window. I light the candle on the window sill, and I’ll sit with my granola, coffee, and my thoughts.
7:45 - 8:15 am I leave my apartment for a walk that lasts 20-30 minutes. Fresh air works wonders for my soul. It has an invisible, positive effect on me. I've noticed I’m less productive on days when I don’t start my day with a walk.
8:15 - 8:30 am I come back to my apartment and set up my workspace. I live and work in my 350 square foot NYC apartment. I have a foldable desk and chair that I store next to my refrigerator. It’s helpful to have the ritual of setting it up in the morning because it’s the mental signal I send to myself that says “Okay it’s time work” and the same thing goes for the end of the day. When I fold my desk and chair back up at the end of the day, it’s my way of signaling to myself “okay the work day is over.” I find on the days when I’ve left my desk set up going into the night; it’s affected my ability to relax.
8:30 - 9:30 am I’m typically doing thinking or writing work. I don’t answer or look at e-mails. I go right into a thinking oriented task that I’ve prioritized the day prior. 9:30am-10am Once I’ve gotten a jump on my thinking work I head to the inbox to answer e-mails and prioritize my to-do list for the day.
10:00 - 11:00 am I start to tackle my to-do list. 11am+ Is when I start to have calls whether with clients or potential people to collaborate with.
Figure out when it best suits you to gather inspiration and when you’re best suited to do-the-work To be an entrepreneur is to be a creative. And fundamental to the creative process is toggling between inspiration mode and doing-the-work mode.
These two activities require a different set of circumstances to yield the desired outcome for each For inspiration mode, do you need a stretch of uninterrupted time to let yourself go down the rabbit hole of the internet? Or time to walk around or visit a museum to jog those creative juices?
For doing-the-work mode, do you need to work alone, first-thing in the morning to be most productive or do you find at night is when you’re the most “on” to get work done?
Figuring out when suits you to gather inspiration and when you’re most likely to be in a mindset to get tactical work done and then time-blocking that out for yourself, is, I find, a great way to maximize productivity in your days/weeks.
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