There’s only a small portion of people who will admit that morning is their preferred time of day. For the rest of us, the early (or what we consider to be) hours of the morning are usually a struggle- with the majority of people going into autopilot as we get ready for the working day. For most, the journey or commute to work provides a chance to wake up and get our brains in gear before we start the day- our brains switching over from a relaxed mode to a focused headspace. However, if you’re working from home, it may be harder to feel like you’re about to begin a full day’s work- especially if you don’t have a home office and are working from the lounge or your bedroom. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, working from home has become a popular choice for employees who prefer to work from the comfort of their own house, as it’s so easy to roll out of bed, switch on your laptop and adjust to the work environment as the morning goes by. However, the lack of routine most of us have when working from home can cause a lack of productivity at work- so it’s important to get yourself into a good mood and headspace in the morning, so you can continue to work as you would if you were in the office. An easy and great way to do this is to implement a morning routine that will help you get started for the day. Here at We Buy Any House we have compiled our top tips to help you implement the perfect morning routine if you’re working from home.
Wake Up at the Same Time:
If you’re working from home, it can be tempting to lay in bed until the very last minute- and then dash around the house getting ready to ensure you’re sitting in front of your computer just in the nick of time. We all love having a lie in, and occasionally we deserve the extra hour or so in bed to catch up on our sleep. However, sometimes this can only make you more tired and groggy, as your sleeping pattern will be constantly changing. Try and set your alarm for the same (or similar) time as to when you would usually wake up. This way, you can get up for work at a realistic time without tricking your body into thinking that you get a lie-in every day.
Drink a Full Glass of Water:
Going to bed dehydrated isn’t the best idea if you want your brain to function at work the next day. Before bed, ensure you can rehydrate in the morning by having a glass or bottle of water at the ready. Dehydration can cause a myriad of health problems, but less serious things such as memory fog, irritable moods and fatigue can dramatically impact your work productivity. If you’re not a morning person, having a cold glass of water in the AM, alongside your coffee is an easy way to keep your mind fresh and enable you to stay on top of your work.
Don’t Go Online:
Unless it’s a situation of absolute urgency, avoid going online the minute you wake up. Working from home means that boundaries need to be established- so set yourself a time at which you feel it’s appropriate to begin your working day (that’s only if you want to start early, though). Perhaps refraining from aimlessly scrolling through social media is a good idea too, as this can improve how much time you are spending staring at a screen.
Shower and Get Dressed:
You may only be going to your home office, living room, kitchen table or back to your bedroom, but freshening up and getting dressed can make a whole load of difference. Having a shower and putting on fresh clothes, even if it’s just loungewear or comfortable clothes, is a great way to make you feel more confident and focused for the working day.
Ensure Your Working Space is Set Up:
The difference between going into the office and working from home is that in the office, your working space never really changes. It’s guaranteed to be in the same place, and often, in the exact same way you left it the previous day. When working from home, one day you could be sitting on your bed, next in an armchair and so forth. A good tip is to set up your working space the night before, so that in the morning you can simply open your laptop and get on with your day.