Getting your morning routine right when working from home
Perfecting your morning routine can really help you make the most out of your day. Improvements in productivity and your mental and physical wellbeing can all be gained if you start your day right. For people working at home though, it can sometimes be a bit difficult to get into good habits without the pressure of having to be in the office on time!
One of the biggest benefits when you work from home is the flexibility of choosing your own working hours. However this freedom can sometimes lead to a lack of routine. Without any kind of routine, the quality of your work can really suffer. We’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you get together a great morning routine that works for you!
Try to wake up at the same time everyday
Although it’s great being able to get up when you want, you should really aim to get up around the same time every day. This helps stabilise your internal clock and improve your sleep overall. You’ll feel more refreshed, less tired and more able to concentrate for longer periods of time.
Take time to eat a proper breakfast
Working on an empty stomach is going to reduce your ability to concentrate and leave you with lower energy levels in the morning. It’s probably the most important part of any daily routine! You should really try to eat something filling and healthy to make the most out of breakfast. It may be easy and practical to grab a breakfast bar before getting down to work, but a balanced meal is really the best idea. You’ll find yourself with more energy, improved concentration and a better mood.1
Don’t be in a rush, give yourself plenty of time
It’s tempting when working from home to get up right at the last minute. Plan to have around an hour or preferably longer to make sure you’re not in a rush or stressed out. This is especially the case if you have any kind of deadline or call to take. Your mind needs sufficient time to wake up before doing any work.
Put down the phone!
It’s all too easy to pick up your phone or laptop as soon as you wake up and end up being glued to the screen for the rest of the day. A lot of us can’t avoid using a screen for work, so it’s worth having a break in the morning. Try to not check your emails as soon as you get up, avoid social media and give your brain a more relaxed start to the day. Former Google Design Ethicist Tristan Harris notes that checking your phone first thing “frames the experience of ‘waking up in the morning’ around a menu of ‘all the things I’ve missed since yesterday.”2
Do something physical
Incorporating some movement or physical exercise is good for both your mind and body. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do a work out, perhaps it could be some yoga or maybe just a small walk. You’ll feel more awake and both physically and mentally alert. Working from home also means that you might not leave the house for extended periods of time, so getting outside and moving is important.
Set goals for the rest of your day
When you sit down at your desk, take some time to plan out your day. You can set some goals as to what you need to do and when. It’s usually a good idea to start this before checking your emails, as these can distract you from major tasks and interrupt your schedule.
Interested in trying out working from home?
This 10th of April we have the first Global Work From Home Day for employers and employees. You’ll be able to learn more about flexibility in your job and remote work in general. Sign up for the event and receive tips, tricks, help and curated playlists from the Remote-how team: >www.workfromhomeday.org<. Share a picture with #WorkFromHomeDay for the chance to also win a pair of Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones or a Rain Design mStand360 Laptop Stand!