Hey guys! Today’s post I’m going to be giving you some tips to help you stay more productive at home. I can really be such a procrastinator at times. Work has been getting steady again. My regular workday consists of about 6 hours of work which is not too bad, but I do a lot of driving. That’s one top of getting everything ready for the blog. The fun part I truly enjoy! (: These are just a few things I’ve been doing to stay productive during this quarantine. I hope you find it helpful. If you have anything that helps you stay on track leave it in the comments below. I’d love to know!
First, waking up at a decent hour is so important. You don’t want to feel rush first thing in the morning and I’ve read it can be worse on us to snooze. Luckily, I am able to wake up naturally with my schedule for the most part. No alarm clocks. It certainly helps that I’m more of a morning person as well and get a good 8 hours of sleep. I don’t have kids, give me a break. My husband jokes all the time about how easy getting to sleep is for me! Haha.
Have a Simple Routine
I’m quite the creature of habit. I have a pretty strict routine in the mornings. I find it is helpful to get a good start for your day. Sets the tone for the whole day when you start off so smoothly. Not to get too technical, but scientists have shown our brain wave activity is slower first thing in the morning processing through our subconscious state. Then, steadily ending the alpha once you are more actively awake. With that being said this tends to be a great time for us to journal, read affirmations, listen to positive videos, etc.
Recently, I’ve been trying to incorporate meditation into my morning routine. I’ve been turning on a bit of relaxing music and stretching it out. From a therapist perspective, I should probably practice what I preach. (insert sarcastic eye rolls) It is a super relaxing way to get started! Even if it’s only a few minutes. If you are more into running or yoga that’s always another way to clear your mind.
Cut out Coffee in the Morning
Don’t leave! Hear me out. I’m not saying to have any coffee first thing… a decaf coffee is an option. Another option is waiting until 10 am-11 am that way you don’t crash from the hyperactivity caused by caffeine intake. Drinking warm water with lemon is much nicer and has a ton of health benefits. Personally, I have felt more energized since starting this with is a big deal because I was always feeling tired. For someone who sleeps as easily as myself, I never understood that until now. I have also found, that for me, I’m not nearly as anxious during the day.
Get some Healthy Food
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, but I also want to avoid feeling overly full. Starting off the day stuffing your face with pancakes is just something I’d rather keep for the weekends. (: I prefer to start off with some oatmeal, fruits, avocado toast, or smoothie. None of these make me feel like I have to drag myself out of the house. Good food for the mind and body.
Cut out Distractions
When eating in the morning we can very easily get carried away with our phones and/or televisions. If there is a book you’ve been trying to find the time to read now is your chance. If you want a bit of sunshine, eat on the porch to switch things up. This actually sounds like a great idea so, after this, I’m going to get my porch feeling extra cozy. Just an extra chance to give you time for yourself with I don’t think many of us do.
Pick up as You Go
Our surroundings affect us more then you realize. Keeping your home or workspace clean during quarantine helps put us in a positive mood and frees time to complete another task we’ve been wanting to do. Finish those dishes. Put away clothes you’ve already folded. Light some candles and spend some time cozied up afterward. You’ll appreciate that you got it out of the way.
Get It Out of the Way
Do your hardest task first if you can. This allows you to get it out of the way early putting the rest of your day at ease and gives to a sense of accomplishment first thing! I’m big to do this person with help to keep myself organized with various things that I do. If there is something you’ve been dying to get done around the house this is a sign that IT IS TIME. You know you’ll feel a thousand times been when you get it finished.
Start scheduling your projects, events, and to-dos in a calendar to keep yourself more accountable and looking forward to what’s to come. It’s a great way to make sure to can see that you are not over committing any of your time. We like to think we can do it all but we really need a break. Which goes into my next section.
Take a Break
Easier said than done, but it is important to actively seek breaks during the day. I’ve been guilty of working through lunch or skipping lunch to finish something up. It allows you to balance your mental and physical energy. A lot of our day to day activities are very mentally driven often restricting the needs of our physical being. Just take a moment to move a bit from time to time. Grab a snack. What you were doing will still be there when you get back.
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