The COVID-19 health crisis has disrupted daily schedules around the world. Schools have closed and many folks have to keep their kids entertained… while still trying to stay on top of their workload. A large number of companies are now relying on remote work to help prevent the virus’s spread.
Working from home once or twice a week, when things were ‘normal’, was manageable, right? But for some, this time around it can feel especially difficult to achieve a degree of normalcy. We’re here to help you find a lockdown morning routine that actually makes you feel productive while you work from home…
Why is routine vital?
According to research in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, routines not only boost our physical health, they can also strengthen our mental wellbeing – lessening the feeling of general anxiety many of us have been feeling lately. Are you ready to begin building new morning routines and be the best version of yourself?
1/ At the start of each day, make a list of the things you want to accomplish. This will create structure and clarity on what you need to achieve that day. Be realistic with yourself when setting these goals. Aim for at least three things and give those three things your full attention. If it means prioritising spending a bit of time with the children or your pets in between, then do that, but remember you’re still on work time.
2/ Working from home can be refreshing – especially if you don’t enjoy wearing a bra! If you easily slack without structure, treat each morning as if you’re going to the office. Dress the same way you would if you were heading into a meeting – boom, office mode activated!
3/ Start each day with gratitude as you sip your fave beverage (coffee, green juice, tea… save the wine for after work guys). Eat breakfast with your fam, or if you live alone, find a moment to think of three things you’re grateful for and journal it.
4/ At the end of every day, take a minute to think of the things you ticked off your list. If you’re not used to working on your own, it can be more challenging to notice your progress, so don’t forget to celebrate those small wins.
What is your morning routine?