This post is sponsored by Bathrooms Direct Yorkshire, a UK stockist of Waters Baths.
Working from home, as so many people are currently, it is so important to get yourself into a routine so that you can start work feeling fresh and motivated to get on with your work. I find that the best way to make sure I feel productive in the morning is to get up around the same time as I would if I were still doing the school run and going to work. This way I can do everything I need to do before I set myself down to work for the day, and I won’t be procrastinating or thinking about all the things I should be doing as well as my work. It helps me to fully get in the zone beforehand.
Do a Workout
I know it isn’t for everyone, but I have really started to enjoy working out first thing in the morning before getting on with the rest of my day. I used to have to set my alarm, but with the sun rising earlier now I find that I wake up around the same time each morning and I actually feel motivated to get a workout in. It took a few weeks for me to feel like this as I used to hate exercise and physically have to force myself down the stairs and struggled through the warm-up, but now I actually enjoy it and it is having such a positive impact on my mental and emotional wellbeing as well as improving my fitness.
Wash my Hair
I try and limit to washing my hair once every couple of days, sometimes stretching it to three, but working out more means that I do sweat a lot and need to have a proper shower in the morning. I do love my baths though, and try and have one a few times a week, after a quick shower, so that I can properly relax and mentally prepare for the day ahead. I had a little disaster with some pink hair dye during lockdown, where I thought it would be nice to go for a different hair colour, so I have been using purple shampoo to try and get my hair looking nice again. I also treat myself to a hair and face mask once a week, to give myself a pamper.
Get Dressed for the Day
Although it can be tempting to just sling on a fresh pair of pjs or hang out in a hoody and joggers during lockdown, I like to get myself dressed properly on the days I am working from home. It helps get me in the right frame of mind and makes me feel a little more focused. I don’t go the whole hog and don a suit, but I do opt for a nice floaty dress or playsuit when the weather is nice. I have found that I have adapted my wardrobe since the lockdown came into force and I have my ‘work’ clothes and my loungewear to hand when I need them.
Have a Proper Breakfast
Again, it is so tempting for all rules to fly out of the window when it comes to meal times at the moment, but I find it really helps to set me up for the day if I eat a proper breakfast. It doesn’t have to be overly healthy, but I also try not to view this time as an extension of the Christmas holidays where you can get away with eating chocolate every morning. I usually have a slice of seeded bread with scrambled egg or beans, or some yoghurt, fruit and granola, and I try and eat it outside in the garden wherever possible, so that I can get some fresh air to clear my head before I sit down at my laptop.
Write a To Do List
Finally, just before I open up my emails and get on, I write myself a to do list for the day. I tend to split the tasks into work and home, so that I can easily see what I have left to do before I log off from my work account. Although my job is something that I can do wherever, I try and get into the right frame of mind so that I am working to the best of my ability, and I find that sitting in my conservatory, where I am at a distance away from the children whilst they are playing, helps me to focus on the task in hand more.
Working from home is not a new concept for me, as I have been self employed for a few years now, but it is not something I have done since I started working part time for a charity back in September, so it has still been a learning curve. By putting a routine in place, and finding a new normal, I have found that it is easier for me to still separate my work and home life, whilst also getting into the right mindset each morning.
This is a sponsored post, however all words are my own.