It's the second week of the new year and finally I feel like I'm beginning to settle back into a routine after a bumpy start.
I blame the cold, it's been a bit harder to get out of bed in the morning, so I missed two mornings of work last week. I also wasn't too healthy over the weekend and broke healthy eating rules one day... but on my weigh in yesterday I had managed to undo a bit more of the Christmas excess.
Last night I had a bit of a re-focussing evening which included having a massive clear out and making sure my workspace was tidy and clear from distractions. So two black bags of clutter went in to the bin last night and I now have a nice vase of daffodils on my desk... seasonal, just not really this season.
I took an hour out last night for a Skype call with the US on Play Square business. It was kind of a software demo exchange which has resulted in me getting a trial of some very nice YouTube analytics search tools.
I've been desperately trying to get away from screens late in the evening since Christmas but due to distractions it hasn't quite worked. My plan is to get in to bed at 22:30, read for half an hour and then sleep. I got close last night, managed to be in bed for 23:00 but still didn't manage to get any reading in... tonight I will!
I was up nice and early this morning and achieved all my tasks for the day with in the 7 o'clock hour of my morning shift so that was good and gave me time to go to the sorting office and pick up a couple of packages, which is technically work as it was a new tripod and a prop for an upcoming video.
I also tried something new this morning to get me up and going in the morning, a tip I read in an an articles recently. Well, three things that every entrepreneur should do at the start of each day but two I am kind of already doing.
1. Rise early.
Richard says "I have always been an early riser. Like keeping a positive outlook, or keeping fit, waking up early is a habit, which you must work on to maintain. Over my 50 years in business I have learned that if I rise early I can achieve so much more in a day, and therefore in life." I've realised this, hence my 6:30 starts, my energy is now being focussed on getting stuff done, but I've blogged about this loads already.
2. Avoid your phone for as long as possible
Arianna Huffington strongly advices us to put some distance between ourselves and our phone when it's time to get some sleep. Something else I'm trying to get right with reading, and as you may have read I've turned off notifications and I'm staying away from emails most of the day.
But 3, this is the new bit...
3. Drink some lemon water
Travis Bradberry of Forbes says "drinking lemon water as soon as you wake up spikes your energy levels physically and mentally. Lemon water gives you steady, natural energy that lasts the length of the day by improving nutrient absorption in your stomach. You need to drink it first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach) to ensure full absorption."
I'm on it! I did it this morning and it was OK, a lot nicer than some of the fruit teas I've been drinking in an attempt to avoid caffeine (which I'm still keeping up by the way.)
One of bit of news, which is quite big news actually. Last week I was approached by a large global YouTube network and offered the chance to make Play Square a sub-network, so that's in the process of being set up at the moment and requires some work being done to my community dashboard but there'll be more on that and a post of on playsquare.co within the next week or so.