For the past month or so, like many others, I’ve had to relocate my work/office situation. It’s been an adjustment, but it’s not impossible. Even though I have my day job, I feel lucky to have been blogging the past few years, because even when I’m not at my day job, I’ve filled my days off with “working from home”routines to create and upload content.
Routines are essential to keep you sane and keep you grounded. I personally prefer routines because I feel like my days are more structured, and therefore I’ll be able to be more productive. With that said, I thought I should share my tips in hopes that they’ll help!
1. Wake Up Early
I’m not saying you have to wake up at the crack of dawn, but beginning your day as you normally would (as normal as possible) will help get your day going. And, naturally, you’ll feel yourself slowly getting ready to take on the day because you started it like you normally would. Sleeping in until ten or noon isn’t a healthy habit to get into. Even though it can seem appealing to stay in bed, research actually shows that sleeping in past nine hours can increase your chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, and having a stroke to name a few.
2. Make Your Bed
This tip may divide the room, but if you know you know. Honestly, don’t knock it until you try it. Make making your bed the first productive thing in your day. Tidying your room a little bit before you begin your day is such an unbelievably satisfying chore. It makes it all the more worth it when you’re about to call it a night and you have the coziest looking bed calling your name.
3. Get Dressed
This is like mandatory dress code for me. If I stay in my pajamas all day I will get absolutely nothing done. Like sleeping in, a lot of people have been romanticizing staying in pajamas all day, (although I have been rocking messy buns and leggings a lot more). Which if that’s your jam, to each their own. But each day I get out of bed, I get dressed and do my makeup. Again, it’s creating that easy routine that will be easy to execute daily.
4. Get Some Exercise
I don’t work out every single day-because let’s face it, we all need our rest days. But the days I do workout, I feel sooo much better than the days when I don’t. I feel like a weight is lifted off of me and since I prefer working out in the morning, I get to start the day in the best mood. It’s tough in the beginning, but I just push myself to do it, and feel so thankful for doing so. If you’re able to go for a run or walk your dog, do it. You’ll feel great after you get your sweat on. And if you’re not feeling like it, then don’t feel bummed. Try meditation, or yoga, or anything like that that will help relieve stress.
5. Create a Fun Work Environment
This is such a fun opportunity to make a work space that’s your own! Have some fun playing around with where you want your space to be and how you want it to look. This is your space where you get to be a total boss babe and get shit done. Make it your productive, happy oasis. I would try to find a spot that is away from distraction (ex. avoid the kitchen to avoid excess snacking, away from tv. I saw these two examples on social media and thought it would be helpful to pass on).
6. Make Daily To Do Lists
It is SUCH a helpful task to plan out your days with to do lists. That way you’re not overwhelming yourself with work, but feel accomplished getting work tasks done each day. Divide out things you have to get done in a week and spread them out over each day. Now you’re in a routine, not overworking yourself, and being so productive. It’s the little victories.
7. Treat Yourself
This is one of my favorite things lately (hehe). After working for the day, I slide my slippers on, pour a glass of wine, and begin caring for myself. Most of the time, this ends with me drawing a warm bubble bath as I light some candles and turn on a smooth jazz playlist. Everyone is going to have their own little things, but make sure you’re setting aside time to do that thing at the end of the day-trust me, you’ve more than earned it.
8. Remember You’re Only Human
If your days aren’t perfectly planned and productive every single day-it’s okay. It’s okay to have rough days, or feel anxious, because you’re only human. And life isn’t always sunshine and positivity but at least we can strive for that.
I hope you all enjoyed this post, and more importantly I hope you’re doing well! I’ll talk to you guys soon.