Whether you work from home or not, there are steps you can take to start your workday off right. We all have days when things never seem to go according to plan, but keeping to a simple routine helps eliminate morning stress and therefore makes your entire day go smoother.
For instance, I have a favorite way to wake up in the morning and of course, it involves my cat. I take my first cup of Peets French decaf brew and get back under the covers to meditate and afterward give my kitty her morning scratches. So, how do you wake up? Slow? Fast? Do you have your favorite routines each morning?
Of course, if you’re like me, you prefer to start your workdays with energy and a positive outlook. Also, I find sticking to a routine really helps because you think less about what to do next. However, it also leaves plenty of energy for dealing with the unexpected that sometimes happen. It might surprise you how easy it is to deal with the unexpected when you’re calm.
Never is this advice more important than now during these frightening times when all humans are on “high alert”. Stressful times! But, we will get through it. I believe in the human race and with all our faults and egos, we still have the opportunity to make a positive difference. Nothing says “positive day” better than to start your workday off right.
Start Your Workday Off Right
➊ A Good Time to Wake Up
Flying out of bed, throwing your clothes on, and rushing out the door is decidedly a bad way to start your day. Yet, who can say they aren’t guilty of doing this? We all have. I even got on the bus once with hot curlers still in my hair. I-did-not-care. That’s a high-stress way to live!
So, why not set a time for waking up that gives YOU time to get ready for your day? You owe it to yourself to give yourself a better day ahead. This means giving yourself time to stretch, take a shower, dress, and do your hair, eat, then leave your home. Or…during pandemics, sit down in your office space at home.
Regardless, it’s good to get up in plenty of time to do the things you need to do to start your day right. When I worked at an 8-5 job in the big office, I got up at around 6 am. Now, I work from home as a freelancer, so I actually have to get up two hours earlier to meet the demands of my east coast clients. But, that only means that I go to bed earlier. Bada-bing, bada boom, it works!
➋ Stream De-stressing Music
During times of high anxiety, I find it best to start the day with something soothing rather than let’s say…gut kicking rock and roll. Don’t get me wrong. I love rock and roll, but it has its time and place, like anything. Rather, the right music is beautifully de-stressing and a nice way to start your day. You might even find it useful to meditate with the binaural beats or solfeggio frequencies. But, if you don’t go for that, find something that relaxes you. For instance, during the day, I often listen to easy-listening jazz or Mozart on YouTube. So, simply download YouTube to your smartphone, and away you go! Here’s a link to my playlist to get you started.
➌ Exercise to Boost Your Day
Stretches are a great way to start your day, but if you give yourself enough time, you might try walking or running before jumping in the shower. Additionally, there is a myriad of free yoga and other exercises on the internet if you want a little virtual company while you get ready for the day. Isn’t that a lovely way to start your workday off right? Below are illustrations of simple stretches you can do from a chair. How’s that for low impact?
➍ Morning Grooming Routines
We all want to put our best foot forward and make good impressions in our work world. There is no better way to accomplish this than to be diligent with our morning cleansing routines. In fact, just think about all those negative ions you get from your shower that carry you cheerfully throughout the day. Plus, when you feel good about yourself, that’s what you project to the world. So, get ready to make great first impressions by taking care of your morning “look good” routines. 💋
➎ Dressing for the Day Ahead
The simple truth is, when you look great, you feel great! However, when you work from home, you don’t have to prepare quite so much unless you have a visual conference going on. But, depending on your workplace, you need to dress to fit the role.
Selecting warm colors tends to make your day a little brighter. So, try to avoid dressing in black whenever possible. Also, for more info, read about the effects of color on human beings. It’s easy to fall into the dark clothes rut when rushing off each morning. To avoid this snafu, plan your outfits the night before.
➏ Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Breakfast fuels your body for the day ahead which makes it very important. Keep it lean with high protein and low carbs and you are set for the day. Also, if you need to shave off more time in the morning, try making your breakfast the night before and refrigerating it for a quick pop in the microwave. This works for almost anything, such as high protein, low carb scrambled eggs, and bacon.
You might also try out some new recipes for a breakfast bar that you make at home and either refrigerate or freeze for later use. As a last resort, (because of the carbs) keep a package of frozen breakfast burritos in the freezer for emergencies. But, don’t leave home without eating. The rest of your day with thank you for it.
➐ Setting Goals for the Day
This is a useful exercise that helps you organize your day and keep you on track. First, write down your daily goals the night before. Then, you can go over them quickly in the morning to reaffirm your goals and also modify or add to them. In fact, keeping a daily goals list or a journal gives you a gentle push in the right direction in the morning without a lot of effort or stress. It’s sure a lot better than that awkward moment when you can’t remember if it’s time to sit down and relax or if you’ve forgotten something. 😜
Of course, setting goals reinforces your memory about what you need to do that day. But, it also gives you endorphins when you check the item off your list as you complete your goals throughout the day! What are your goals for the day? Here’s an 8.5 x 11 daily goal sheet I’ve worked up for you. You may right-click and save as or go to the download page for either an 8.5 x 11 or A4 size.
Use these tips but also remember to give yourself a big hug each morning and know that you’ve got this! Namaste!
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