It's been a couple of months since the quarantine started, and you'd think everyone has their routine in check, but that's not the case. While many people are still struggling to adjust, we, at Beurer, have some tips we can share with you for a productive day - it all starts the moment you wake up.
What to avoid:
Checking social media first thing in the morning
It can be tempting to hop on your phone right after you hit the snooze button. Most of us start looking at social media and scrolling through our emails as soon as we wake up. It's the first bit of information we take in, and it instantly diminishes our productivity levels. Save it for later.
Working in pajamas
Productive people don't work in pajamas. Productivity goes hand-in-hand with "work mode". In order for your mind to enter that mode, you have to get ready the same way you would if you were heading to your workplace. Yes, clothes have an impact on your performance.
Working from your bed/couch
Your bed is a place for sleep, and the couch is a place for relaxation. Setting up a workspace is essential for productivity. You don't necessarily need a desk or office room, but a simple chair and table can make a whole difference. Natural light is also great for energy and concentration, so perhaps by a window, it would be a good idea!
Ignoring your health
If you work in an office setting, you're probably used to sitting at a desk for at least eight hours a day. Nonetheless, when you're in the office, you occasionally stand up to grab some coffee, water, a snack, or even to go into a meeting. Now, it's all right in front of you, so there's little need to move around, but that affects your health! Does anyone else ever feel their legs starting to feel numb? Try standing up and stretching or going for a quick walk every once in a while.
Mixing home chores with work
If everyone is home, whether they're doing school or work from home, it's easy to get distracted. Designate times, after or before work, for cleaning the house, doing the dishes, taking out the trash, etc. Remember, when you're clocked in, you're in "work mode".
What should be included in your morning routine:
Make your bed
"If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day ... By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed." - William H. McRaven
In our previous blog post, we highlighted the importance of practicing gratitude. Starting your day off on a positive note will make it more successful.
Make a to-do list
Writing down everything you have to get done will allow you to focus. Crossing things off the list will also leave you feeling accomplished.
Connect with Coworkers
We've discussed the importance of staying connected while apart. Working from home can be quite lonely, so make sure to check in on your coworkers and keep the company culture alive.