Several days each week I am lucky enough to work from home. This is a relatively new thing for me — the beginning of 2017 brought with it a new job opportunity and this work from home set-up. It’s been great! I love the flexibility that working from home allows me to have. But with that flexibility comes the requirement of some serious self-control, which is always a work in progress.
I’ve found that my ability to stay focused and productive while working from home is really bolstered by a simple, solid morning routine that helps me feel ~!*centered*!~ before I’m on the clock. So here’s a look at my work from home mornings …
What is your morning routine?
I’m out of bed by 7. As soon as I roll out of bed, I start my work computer, turn up the temperature in my apartment (I keep it cold at night!), and pop in my contacts. I give myself a little while to scroll through Instagram, change out of my pajamas, go through my morning skincare routine, and unload my dishwasher before logging into my work computer around 8.
After logging in, I review my calendar for the day and create a new to-do list. All the productivity articles I’ve read suggest making the next day’s to-do list at the end of the day, but that just doesn’t work for me. I like to start the day with a prep session so everything is fresh! Obviously, deadlines, presentations, etc. are already on my radar.
Once I feel ready for what the day is going to throw at me, I have breakfast. Tidying up after breakfast serves as a bookend for me; it’s the last thing I do before my work day officially starts. I always try to get the clean dishes put away (if I didn’t do it earlier in the morning) and the dirty dishes put in the dishwasher before devoting my full attention to work. If I don’t deal with my breakfast dishes, I end up piling all of the day’s dishes in the sink — it’s one of those weird things that sets the tone for the rest of day.
How long have you stuck with this routine so far?
It’s been about nine months. Of course, it’s been a work-in-progress for most of that time. I started my job in January and I spent a while trying to craft a routine that just wasn’t working for me, one with morning workouts and a significantly earlier wake-up time. I’m still hoping to make that happen at some point, but not right now!
How has your morning routine changed over recent years?
My routine has always been heavily influenced by where I have to be and when. Four years ago, it was dictated by my college class schedule. After that, I was getting up and heading into an office every morning, so my routine was all about getting up, “putting my face on”, and getting out of the house. Now it differs just a bit depending on whether or not I’m due in the office that day.
What time do you go to sleep? What time do you wake up?
Most of the time, I’m pretty useless after 10 PM, so I try to just give in and go to bed then. Usually, my alarm goes off at 6:30 AM and it sometimes takes 30 minutes for my feet to actually hit the floor.