I’m not even going to sugar coat this… March sucked. I’ve been working from home since the 16th and have slowly began descending into madness. Staying home is amazing until it’s your only option. I hate the feeling of being unproductive. And, that’s exactly what I’ve been since working from home. I don’t know what it is. My bed is like a siren calling me from upstairs begging me to come closer. Do I sleep in? Duh. College me, is shaking her head. I thrived off of a no-schedule schedule.
Now, I fight my alarm clock and drag myself down a flight of stair to hop on the computer in my pajamas.
I need a routine, I suppose. Or maybe a regular sleep cycle. And, the daily pot of coffee I consume probably isn’t helping my situation either. The thing is, when I lay down at night and the house is silent, all my ideas come flooding in. I suddenly need to research all the marketing tactics for work and neeeed to know exactly how far the sun is from Earth. Should I start my own business? Let me research that too. Like, why don’t I have burst of energy during work hours? Beats me.
BACK TO MY MAIN POINT: MARCH SUCKS. COVID-19 SUCKS.
But, there is nothing we can do about it. And, I need to stop allowing myself to fall further into my slob kebab tendencies. I need to wake up at a reasonable time. Be productive, accomplish tasks, and get ahead on work. I need to do better. And, today is the day.
“LAZINESS IS NOTHING MORE THAN THE HABIT OF RESTING BEFORE YOU GET TIRED“
I’ve always been told that you should never wait until Monday to start a new goal. And, I think I’ll take that seriously this time. I’m a creature of habit. But unfortunately, I also can fall into bad habits faster than new ones. that all stops today. I’m ready to make the change. So, here we go!
CREATING GOOD HABITS
CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE | Routines are essential for a productive day. We’ve all heard that small accomplishments in the morning set you up for a success day. I want to create an easy routine that will give my mornings structure. Waking up earlier will allow me to have more time to myself in the morning (maybe I’ll use this time to worry about the random things that popup in my mind instead of at 3:00 a.m.). Incorporating a morning routine allow me to accomplish a laundry list of things before getting into the office and hopefully inspire me to keep the momentum going.
WORKING OUT | This is something that I’ve let slide in the last few years. I used to work out every day and walk at least 3 miles. I looooveeed the way it made me feel. There was such a feeling of accomplishment when I ended my day. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, I plan to take advantage of my remote job and dedicate my mornings, or evenings, to my health.
READING | I’ve recently gotten into podcasts. I love turning one on and listening on my way to work, while I clean, shower, etc. but, I miss old school book-in-hand reading. This might even help me get to sleep faster. Eliminating screen time and reading will hopefully help me wind down for the night. Well, unless it’s a really good book. I remember when I was reading the Twilight series (okay, make fun of me all you want. I LOVE those books) I could not put the books down. I would fall asleep mid-chapter every night .
FOCUSING ON THE GOOD | I’m a classic Pisces. I wallow in the negative and tend to forget to be grateful for what I have. I really want to begin to find grace in every situation and be more appreciative of the people, things, and experiences that I’ve been lucky enough to have in my life. I think I might download an app or start journaling. Let me know if you know of any good ones!
I’m excited to shake things up. I really want to get back on track and start ending my days feeling accomplished and excited for the next. I know it’s going to take time to get 100% there, but I’m ready to get started.
Are you falling into a social distancing slump? What are you tips + tricks to stay productive while working from home? Share in the comments!
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Creating a daily routine is a must. Finding a way to motivate yourself to get out of bed. Good read. Thanks.
Thanks for reading!
I’ve been doing a lottt of working out !
I’m trying to get on your level!
Since last 15 days working from home because social distance is the key safety measure, your post is really a specific guidelines for planning our routine this time. Thanks for sharing good information.
Good read. Focus on the good no matter what. Thanks. Stay safe.
Doing a routine helps to make the best out of a situation puts on a purpose in the daily basis.
I’m also a Pisces! I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions this last month so focusing on the good is the only option. “This too shall past” is a quote I keep repeating to myself. Stay safe and well!
This is a great reminder! I’ve been really working to stick to a schedule.
Thanks for reading!
It is hard but I am trying to stick to a routine. Your post is motivational in times like this when you can easily get demotivated.
Its tough! I’m hoping to create good habits now and get a routine to carry with me when life returns to normal
I’ve made a routine for myself and I quite like the structure! It’s easy for me to get distracted so a routine definitely helps.
I’ve been trying super hard to implement all of these. The last half of March did truly suck, but I’ve been trying to look at it in a way that we are safer indoors for now! I’ve been trying to stay as productive as possible!
I’ve been working from home for 3+ years right now and I agree, it’s so important to have a schedule and try to stick to it. I also have a designated workspace where I go when I’m ‘going to work’ plus I push myself to get dressed for work, do my hair, etc. This all creates the productive mentality that we have when we leave the house to go to work, as opposed to sitting on the couch in my pjs where my productivity tanks.
Wow love this! I’m def going to try to get dressed every morning. I’ve been in sweats for weeks and I can really see the almost negative affect it’s had on my work ethic
So true!! Tips are simple and easy to follow and do make a difference. Thanks for sharing!
This was a great read Sophie! You acknowledge there was an issue and did something about it. Having a routine and sticking to it is key. Keeping a journal will keep you accountable. Good luck!
Thank you so much!
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