Routines for the Win!

Having a great morning routine will make all the difference between a good morning and a great morning!

Ever have one of those mornings when you feel like you are running slow and behind from the start? And it seemed to follow you all day long?  Wanna change that? How can you go from frazzled to fantastic?

Have routines in place!!  A routine is a specific set of things you do on a consistent basis.  These things should include personal hygiene, quiet time to focus your thoughts, stretch / exercise and having specific times to wake, go to bed, and have self-care.  By setting these up, you are creating boundaries around the way you spend your time and this puts you in control! 

Where to begin:  Tomorrow begins the night before! 

A good place to start is by having an after-dinner routine to help the morning routine. It's a huge win in getting to your destination on time without being frazzled!!

After dinner:

  • Clean the kitchen (who’s turn is it?)
  • Load and run the dishwasher
  • Before everyone heads to do (homework, check social media, walk the dog, watch TV…) Get ready for tomorrow.
    • Where do you need to go or what time is your first Zoom?
    • How do you need to show up?
    • How can you prepare for that first meeting?
      • Do you need to pack your work bag?
      • What can you do to get your desk ready for everything that is on your schedule for tomorrow?
    • Is your coffee pot / tea kettle ready? (If you find you are out of anything for tomorrow, you can do something about it now!)
    • What will you have for breakfast? Prepare as much as possible. 
    • Knowing that you have taken care of every little detail will save you time, energy and stress in the morning.
    • Repeat this process if you have children who need to get out the door early in the morning.

Have a set time to get out of bed, shower and get dressed. You may have a few other things to do in your morning routine.  I would recommend that you make your bed, stretch, and have a quiet time and a good breakfast. Perhaps take a walk (or walk your dog, like take your dog to work-day) to create a ‘commute’ from home to work.  

If you have a spouse and children, they will need a routine, as well, and at some point, all the routines will come together, like breakfast and the specific time to either get out the door or in their chairs for school and / or work. 

Have a specific quitting time. Schedule it on your calendar to enable time to clean up your space, check your calendar for tomorrow’s events and tasks, pack up your workbag, and be sure to leave clues for where to pick up, your next work time!

Do you need a boost to help you with your productivity in your home office?

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Special thanks for our guest blogger, Marla Regan, Productivity Specialist and Owner of Organized Time!

Connect with Marla at:  [email protected]


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