Here we are, we’re not really sure what day it is anymore. There is a new Tiger King in town and Carol is the new Karen. Most of us are dealing with the side effects of quarantine the best we can. Some of us are working from home, some of us were laid off, and the other fraction of the population just literally has no idea how to act right now. With most of us working from home or not working, it’s critical to keep up healthy habits for when we transition back in to our daily lives. Here are some of my tried and true tips for anyone who works from home.
#1: Wake up early, sunshine!
It’s true kids! The early bird does get the worm! It’s important to give yourself some “you” time before you start digging through e-mails or scrolling through the gram. This helps keep your mind fresh and open before you get your workday started. If my work week starts at 8am I will typically get up at 5am to make sure I’m giving myself enough time to open up my mind before heading into my workflow for the day. Grab a cup of tea, do some yoga; the world is your oyster during this time frame. Do what grounds you and brings joy in your day. I use this time to meditate, stretch, journal, and write out my to do list for the day.
#2 Chug a class of lemon water
If you are guilty of consuming more caffeine than water like myself, this tip is important. I keep a glass of water on my nightstand so I chug it first thing in the morning! This is the BEST way to get your metabolism going early on in the day, especially if you have a desk job.
LET. IT. OUT.
We are all feeling the side effects of uncertainty right now. Journaling is my favorite way to stay grounded and realize how much we truly have to be grateful for. My favorite journal is the Six Minute Diary linked HERE. It’s filled with great mindfulness practices and exercises to keep you productive.
#4 GET DRESSED
If you are anything like me doing my make up in the morning is like therapy. It feels nice to get up do your hair & make up put on a cute outfit and just hang out around the house.
#5 Keep it 9am-5pm
Start your workday or if you are out of work find a project to work on, vision board, plan out your goals and action plan during your down time. I absolutely love using Google calendar to block out my working hours to keep me on task.
#6 Schedule a meeting with yourself
Yes, that’s right 1 hour for anything you want. This is a great tip that I learned at a leadership conference a few years ago and it was a game changer for my work life balance. Once a day block out an hour for some you time! You can use this time to work on a hobby or workout. Either way, it’s a great tool to maintain self care while you are working from home.
Put your phone away two hours before bedtime. This will help you fall asleep more soundly.
Give these a try and let me know if they help with your productivity!