Establishing a routine, especially in the morning, is the key to success when working from home. Routines not only help reduce mental fatigue, they also help you be happier and more productive. Furthermore, it applies to everyone and it is well known that all the most recognized and successful entrepreneurs have an established daily routine.
77% of Millennials say having flexibility at work makes them more productive. Therefore, more and more companies are adding to offer their employees some kind of flexibility, such as working from home. And although this helps people to achieve a better work-life balance and to be more productive, this flexibility should not be confused with a complete lack of routine, so it is recommended to incorporate the following into your mornings:
Establish a time to go to sleep and to wake up.
Having a fixed schedule is important so as not to affect your biological clock. Try to wake up and go to sleep at the same time (at least from Monday to Friday) and, of course, try to sleep between six and eight hours. Altering your biological clock may also alter your productivity, mood, and even your heart function.
So respect your sleep schedules and you will see how it helps you start the day on the right foot and positively influences all aspects of your personal and work life.
Avoid reviewing work matters until your shift begins.
Having everything “at hand” on our smartphone has its benefits, but also its negative part. You can probably never take off from work because in your free hours you receive notifications with pending work issues. To avoid stress, it is best to resist temptation and avoid reading work-related emails, especially if you are in bed about to sleep or waking up. Respect your rest schedules, your schedules for you.
You already know all the benefits of exercising, so you understand that exercising can also have a positive impact on your success both inside and outside the gym. Start by exercising in the morning and start to notice the changes, as it increases your metabolism (which means you will burn more calories throughout the day) and also your productivity. If you think you don’t have enough time to exercise before you start your shift, try at least 10 minutes of stretching exercises.
Never forget breakfast, as it helps energize your body, keeping you active and productive until meal break. Plus, a nutritious breakfast reduces the risk of overeating and cravings later in the day. Eating breakfast is necessary not only for your body but also for the brain. Eating a nutritious breakfast helps improve your concentration and productivity.
Review your to-do list.
If you don’t have a to-do list, it’s time to do it. This way you will have a clearer picture of the activities you must do each day of your week to reach your weekly goals and the final goal.
Now you are ready to start working from home!