Transitioning to working from home can be a challenge for some. The trick to settling into it is creating a new routine that works for you. Creating a daily routine is a mix of figuring out what you need to get done, and when it needs to be done.
Creating a schedule for your daily tasks and activities that you’re able to stick to will help you to develop good habits and not fall into unproductive, mindless habits.
When creating a new routine, including all the elements that make up your day, including meals, exercise, social time, hobbies, make a list of everything that you need to get done daily for both work and home. This is not a to-do list but more of a brain dump to get everything out of your head.
Structure your day in a way that works for you. If you are an early bird or a night owl, build a structure that will work for you. If you are an early bird, you’re most effective before lunchtime, and you are a night owl you are more creative in the evening.
Before working from home, mornings have been about getting ready and getting out the door. Start your morning with tasks that set your day up for success; whether it’s feeding and walking the pets, exercising, meditation or cleaning up the kitchen.
Use Midday for tasks that don’t require a lot of concentration; answering emails, setting up appointments or running errands. Ensure you have a healthy nutritious lunch and try to get some fresh air.
Evenings can be used for planning for the next day. Set out your work tasks for the next day. Cook your dinner, clean the house. Choose one room every day and give it clean it for 15 minutes.
Your new structure doesn’t have to be rigid. There will be days where you need to go to get groceries or your family need more attention. Use your most productive times for your most important work outputs. Your least productive times can be more fluid.
Test your new routine and make sure it is a good fit for you. Try it out for a week, see how it feels, and if you need to change it, then do. Make adjustments as you go until finding a routine that works well for you.