I have to admit that when I first started working from home, with my son and other daily responsibilities, my days were absolute chaos. I didn’t have a routine, mostly I was just winging it to be quite honest.
I worked when I had the time and I was usually up late into the evenings to get things done. I found myself working around the clock. I was working during my son’s activities, I was working during dinner and on family movie nights. I never had any downtime to spend just playing with my son or quiet time to talk to my husband.
There was one thing that I needed and that was a routine. Starting my day right helped me feel better, become a better entrepreneur and a become a happier wife and mother.
For others, mornings are not the best part of the day. That’s especially the case if you have to roll out of bed…. early and leave for the office. Such people often envy us work from home mamas, who get to stroll into our offices with seemingly little effort. And, there’s no denying that getting up knowing you don’t have to leave the house is fantastic.
But, mornings can often be more difficult for us work at homers than you’d think. After all, our incomes rely on our motivation. Many individuals have failed in the field because they couldn’t get a grip on their morning routine.
As much as freedom is the name of the work from home game, too much is never a good thing. Which is why it’s always worth developing a morning routine to rival any office workers.
I used to get up early, hit the computer, and then sort of forget that my regular morning routine—the one I would surely follow if I were going to the office—fades away.
Get up at the same time every day
Working at home can make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. You may just think, as I often do, that you can sleep just a little longer and get your work done a little later. Oh, but then you wake up two hours later. GROAN
Sure, there’s no pressing reason for you to get to your office at nine. There’s no boss breathing down your neck if you’re ten, or even twenty minutes late. But, our brains get into habits of productivity. If you get up at a different time every day, your mind will struggle to find it’s footing. When this happens, the whole morning could go to waste before you’re on track.
To avoid the issue, operate on office hours where possible. I have a clearly defined set of hours dedicated to working my business as well as times when I should be doing chores around the house or spending time with the family.
Ensure you’re turning up at the office by nine, or earlier if you’re a morning person. It may be painful to start out, but once you do, you’ll be glad. Straight away, your brain will remember that this is the time for work. Plus, you’ll be able to finish at a decent hour this way!
Schedule your work for the day
My time is divided among writing/researching content for my website and the tasks associated with each part of my site. If I do not divide and schedule time blocks for my work time, I seem to lose direction or my brain becomes overwhelmed with everything on my to do list. I have to assign certain times to important tasks.
So I spill my brain on to paper in order to help focus and then assign those needs based on priority to the time allotted during my day.
After work hours, I have to make myself walk away from the laptop. I even have to leave my phone in our bedroom. Because I am a workaholic and will continue to click and tap and drive myself bonkers, completely neglecting my family and other duties.
So, to help me stay 100% focused, I have to not only choose the times I work but also define the areas of our home where I can work each morning.
Take some time for you
This is SUPER hard for me. I tend to put myself off until last place. Anyone else?
When getting to the office, most people have a morning meeting or at least gossip over their coffees. But when working from home, you don’t get that privilege. So, it’s important to find others ways to ease into the morning.
Smells are always a fantastic way to gently wake yourself up, so something like the essential oil machines you’ll find when you click here would work well. By using the same scent each morning, you can again train your brain into action.
Real talk: I write this while sitting here in my pajamas in the very late morning. So, I won’t exactly preach on this point, however, don’t you feel like you can conquer the world when your teeth are brushed and you’re wearing actual clothes? (P.S. No one said anything about a bra…)
If you want to reach maximum levels of productivity, working in jammies is no way to do it. Again, it’s all about your brain. If it’s wearing sleep clothes, it’ll be in sleep mode. Simple as that.
Instead, get dressed each day as though you’re going to the office. This process will be a signifier to your brain that it’s work time. No more messing!
And the most important part: COFFEE!
Well, it’s important to me anyways… 🙂 I have a Nespresso machine, which brews the perfect espresso, from a single-use, no mess, recyclable capsule. So, I make myself a super fancy latte every morning while I start my day. Believe me when I say it’s magical.
Go ahead and try some (or all) of these and let me know in the comments below if you feel any difference.
Establishing a healthy morning routine will also allow you to be more in control of your work-from-home routine since no one will complain about you abusing the system—quite the contrary.
In any case, when you take control of your work-from-home reality, and set goals and achieve them, you’ll end up feeling great, and a happy person is also someone who thrives in all areas of life, including work.
So, gain control of your daily life. Use the strength within you and become a rock star at the art of working from home.
After all is said and done, isn’t working at home awesome?! So many benefits! I’m excited about working from home; it’s opened up a new life/work reality for me. Please share any thoughts, comments, or questions you have on the subject, so I can learn from you as we all continue on this journey together.