Sure, you can work from bed, casual (read: pajama) day is every day and your family or pets are always close - but also, you can work from bed, pajama day is every day and your family or pets are always close. While it may not always feel like the easy thing to do, creating structure and routines while working from home is vital to both your personal mental health and professional success.
In fact, establishing a morning routine is key to your success as a remote worker. Not only do routines help reduce mental fatigue, they also make you happier and more productive. But setting a routine can be hard to do - especially when no one is pressuring you to get out of bed.
Here are a few ways to establish a morning routine that gets your day started on a positive note and ensures you’re on a successful path from the get-go.
- Wake up at the same time every day – or at least try to have a consistent ballpark time. One of the perks of working from home is the ability to ditch the alarm clock and wake up naturally, absolutely take advantage. But make no mistake: establishing a solid sleep schedule is still important, this will fine tune your internal clock and help everything from diet, mood and heart health.
- Exercise - even though it is tough, this is one of the most important things you can do always, but especially during times of isolation or social distancing. And it’s not just important to work out but when you work out. Getting exercise in the morning is more habit-forming, bumps your metabolism into high gear and increases your productivity throughout the day.
- Don’t check email until you ‘clock-in’ – it is easy to lay in bed and check work emails before the day has even begun, but we all know there’s nothing worse than getting anxiety-inducing emails just minutes after waking up. Taking the time to allow for ‘you time’ in morning will help you have a healthier morning start and stronger mindset to deal with those work-related things when the time is appropriate.
- Take the time to map out your day – this is even more important when you have other’s at home with you. By making a prioritized list of what I want to accomplish each day, you can better budget your time while making a commitment to daily goals.
With all of that said, we know there isn’t a recipe for the perfect morning routine, it will look different for everyone, but it is important to find what works for you so you can begin the day establishing what is work time and what is life time.
Along with those morning, or even daytime, routines here are few more things you can do to make sure there is a healthy balance in your day:
- Create a designated workspace.
- Make a point to get some fresh air throughout the day.
- Update your calendar to include lunch, breaks and quitting a time for the day (and stick to them).
- Keep a water bottle nearby, with water in it!
- Dress for the day, it doesn’t have to be formal but go ahead and get out of the pj’s.
Working from home can be a challenging transition, especially when everyone in your company and household are experiencing the same changes. Take time to find what works best for you and remember that your mental health and life-balance is the most important thing to consider.
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