If you are new to everything related to working from home, you could stop doing what many of us do the first time we no longer have to travel to an office: stay in bed until the last possible moment and then spend the rest of the day doing remote work in pajamas.
And I mean “the rest of the day”; Work expands to fill the time allowed, as the saying goes, and it’s too easy to do a little work, get distracted by something else, do a little more work, realize that you haven’t eaten anything yet, try to work hard. new but spend most of your time on social media, finally decide to take a bath, tell yourself that you are going to put on clean clothes but decide that it is too late to wear something other than pajamas, and then spend the last hours before going to bed straining for all the work you failed during your theoretical “workday”.
Which means you need a morning routine, and it’s worth noting that this routine doesn’t have to happen during your typical “morning hours”. If your natural chronotype wants to run a bit behind what it would be if you had to set an alarm, go ahead and let yourself sleep until you wake up naturally. (Yes, you will have to restore your circadian rhythm once you start returning to the office again, but sleep is as important to personal as it is to public health that I am in favor of turning off the alarm for now and letting your body sleep what it needs. .
Once you wake up, have a plan of action already planned. In other words: know what you are going to do and in what order you are going to do it.
Maybe that means “using the bathroom, brushing your teeth, having a cup of coffee, walking the dog, showering, dressing, pouring a bowl of cereal, opening the laptop, and starting to process the email.”
Maybe it means “helping kids have breakfast, have a cup of coffee, prepare kids with a distance learning project, do a 10 minute YouTube yoga routine, take a shower, get dressed, control kids and offer guidance, take the laptop to the couch on the other side of the room and log into Slack. “
Your work and family commitments will help you determine your new morning routine; maybe you need to be ready for a daily video conference at 10 am, for example, or maybe your kids will wake up naturally around 6 o’clock. But if you don’t get that morning routine, you won’t be ready for your 10 am conference, or for anything else the day may throw at you.
Because, for many of us, the way we spend our mornings is the way we spend our days. So add a little structure to these unstructured and atypical mornings, and it could improve your mental health, your family’s harmony, and of course your workflow.
And remember: the sooner your day begins, the sooner your work will end. When you work from home, you can stop working as soon as work is done, so take advantage of that privilege while you can.