A strong morning routine sets you up for a successful and productive day. With COVID-19 forcing many of us to work from home, it’s thrown our morning routines out of sync. There is no commute, getting the kids ready for school, or need to dress and look your best before heading to work. Even though you are working remotely, you still need a morning routine that will help you set the tone for the day. We’ve put together a list of suggestions to help you start your day strong.
1. a good morning routine starts the night before
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential. The average adult needs between 6.6 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Getting enough sleep the night before will ensure you are ready to take on the next day ahead full force. Make it a goal to go to bed at the same time each night and get ample rest. It’s not always easy to do, but you’ll notice the difference in your energy level.
2. drink a glass of water
Overnight your body loses hydration. One of the best things you can do as soon as you wake is to drink a full glass of water (and don’t forget to keep your sup full throughout the day, as well!). It will help hydrate your body. You’ll feel the difference right away. So, once you turn on the coffee pot, have a glass of water while you wait.
3. get active
Exercising in the morning is an effective way to get your body moving and spark your energy level for the day. Whether it’s a quick walk, run, yoga, or weight workout, it’s a great way to kick off your day. Sometimes it’s nice to just get outside and enjoy some fresh air outside of your home before you spend the rest of the day working.
4. get dressed and ready for the day
Even though you are working from home, you should still keep the practice of getting dressed and ready for the day. Try to avoid working in your PJs. The simple act of getting dressed will make you feel better. Plus, you’ll be presentable just in case you have to jump on a video chat with your boss or colleagues.
5. don’t check work stuff until you start working
You have all day to look at work stuff. Don’t fill your morning routine with work. Make your morning routine about you. Don’t check your phone or emails until you are ready to start working. Creating a distinct line between work and personal time when working at home is important. You don’t want to feel like you don’t have a separation between the two.
6. have a good breakfast
Eating a good breakfast will help you start the day off right. You’ll get the fuel you need to be mentally sharp and focused. Have a breakfast that is filled with protein and fibre. Not a breakfast person? Try a morning protein shake. Your shake options are endless. However, the one benefit of working from home is you can eat when you feel hungry.
7. don’t rush – give yourself time
Feeling rushed from the minute you wake is not ideal. Set your alarm in the morning to give you enough time to get up and get ready for the day without rushing. Not having to commute to work right now automatically gives you some extra time in the morning. Don’t hit the snooze. You are better off getting up and starting your day.
8. start work at the same time each day
Working from home during the pandemic has changed how we work. But it’s important to maintain some consistency if possible. One way to do this is to start work at the same time each day. Avoid the temptation to start later in the day. Stick to your routine.
9. set your goals for the day ahead
Have a plan for what you want to accomplish each day. You can do this by taking a few minutes each morning to set your goals for the day. Write out a list and check off the tasks as you work through it.
10. find what works best for you
There isn’t a perfect morning routine for all people to follow. The best thing you can do is find a morning routine that works well for you while working from home.
For example, you may find that exercising in the morning is just not for you. That’s okay. Don’t force yourself to do it in the morning if you prefer to work out later in the day. Find what works for you and helps you be as productive as possible during the day.