#1 Tip for Working From Home
In this post we're going to talk about the number one thing you can do to improve your work from home experience and that is establishing a routine! You already know about the importance and benefits of having a routine. It creates stability and keeps us sane (especially during these times when we need it the most). But, you also know, and maybe are finding out the hard way, that if you don't put into practice a routine, it's not going to do you any good. Research shows that the most successful people almost always have daily routines in place.
Here are 3 things you need to know when creating (and sticking to) a work from home routine:
Having a routine will improve your mindset:
Waking up, getting dressed, eating breakfast at the same time everyday just as you would if you were leaving the house for work will help to set the tone for you to operate in work mode. Mentally you'll be ready to take on the day and not just hang out at your computer in your PJs and maybe get some work done. With a routine in place, you'll have a sense of accomplishment right out the gate that you can feel good about. So lose the snooze button and start your day with predictability!
A routine will help you focus:
One of the biggest challenges for me when I started working from home was staying on task and keeping focused on what I needed to do. I thought that not having a plan in place for the day gave me the freedom to be more creative. Instead what ended up happening most days was me trying to frantically multitask to meet an important deadline. I learned that being busy does not equal being productive and multi-tasking is actually counterproductive. Once I came up with a daily routine, I knew what had to have priority in my work day and there was no more guesswork about what needed to be done. AND I ended up having more time in my day; win-win!
Following a routine gives you reason to celebrate:
Let's face it, maintaining a routine has its challenges. Circumstances that are out of our control can really throw us off our game and cause us to get off track. The main thing to keep in mind is that we can't continue to stay off track. Sticking to a routine takes time and practice, so give yourself grace (acknowledging that what works for others may not work for you). Start with one or two easy things that you can incorporate into your day and work your way up to establishing a routine and being consistent. Track your progress (even small wins count) and reward yourself!
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