Years ago when I launched A Note on Style, I remember the happiness and content I felt from working at home. Setting my own schedule and the freedom to make changes on a whim are appealing to me to this day. But, given today’s environment, extended hours at home is new territory for many. After initially relishing the freedom, it’s easy to feel a bit unsettled and antsy. Over the years, I’ve found a few practices that create a sense of balance to the day and try my best to incorporate them into my daily routine.
1. Structure the day. It’s easy for the hours to blur together. Set aside time for work, exercise, cooking, eating, relaxing, and even downtime.
2. Make a checklist of things to get done on a daily basis followed by a schedule for projects that consume more time.
3. Establish a waking and sleeping time. Set up a relaxing pre-bedtime routine to de-stress and unwind, which for me includes a bath and cup of Sleepytime herbal tea.
4. Start the day off right. I made a change to my morning routine last year I wish I’d done long before. Upon waking, rather than run to my coffee/tea in my PJs, I get dressed, wash my face, make my bed, and drink several glasses of water before anything else. It’s made a world of difference in how I approach the rest of the day.
5. Stop snacking. After dojng ProLon in 2019, I realized how often I grazed through the kitchen grabbing an apple or a handful of almonds. I was snacking throughout the day even though I wasn’t hungry. That habit has been reduced tremendously and instead, I’ll make a cup of tea.
6. Shift into evening mode. I set a stop time for work at the end of the day, walk away from the computer and shift into evening mode…cooking, enjoying dinner, and watching a movie or series on TV. We keep the news off in the evening. Now more than ever, it feels good to unplug.
How are you adjusting to life at home? Please share any tips with others below.