If you work from home, getting your morning routine down to tee will have a huge impact on how you work – and feel – for the rest of the day.
Ultimately, it’s about doing what works for you, but here are a few pointers that will hopefully help you start your day right.
Wake up at the same time
When you work from home, it can be tempting to stay in bed until the very last minute possible. While it ‘s OK to treat yourself and do this on the odd occasion, I would advise you to be more disciplined and wake up at the same time every day. You don’t have to wake up ridiculously early, just set your alarm for whatever time is realistic and works for you.
Avoid going online first-thing
You need to set boundaries between your life and your work. Avoid logging on as soon as you wake up – unless it’s urgent, your inbox and Slack messages can wait until you’re ready to start working. If you can, try not to waste too much time mindlessly scrolling on social media. I spend less than 20 minutes a day on social media and I’m surprised it doesn’t really impact me as much.
Set some time aside every morning to do some household chores. This will help you feel more productive before you start working and you’ll be less distracted by the possibility of tidying or cleaning while you’re sitting at your desk. Be time-efficient and set and alarm on your phone to avoid getting carried away. Do whatever you have time for and then stop. Good time keeping is important.
Set your goals for the day
Go through your to-do list and set yourself realistic goals for the day. Think about what needs to happen for you to achieve your goals and set yourself a clear strategy. Try and keep the list short, though, otherwise you’ll likely feel overwhelmed. Try and stick to a maximum of give goals.
Last but not least, limit the amount of decisions you have to make in the morning. The less time you spend on making trivial decisions, the more time you’ll have to spend on things that matter to you and make you happy.