Now that I have been working from home for almost a year, I’ve had to adjust routines in order to stay productive and prevent burnout. Its all too easy to roll out of bed, grab my computer, and then realize the day is over and all I did was stare at a screen.
I’ve tried to set some structure to my days to help me be more productive. Surprisingly, a lot of the structure is about setting up more “away” time so that when I work, I can be really focused and productive. I’ve found that this routine allows me to feel less burnt out, while still getting my work done.
5:30-6:00am – Wake Up: I get up early each morning to make coffee and ease into the day. I would rather get up a little earlier and have down time than sleep in and have to jump out of bed. I eat a little breakfast and get ready for my run.
6:30-8:30am – Work Out: I usually run, workout, or do yoga each morning. I have this time blocked on my work calendar to prioritize moving my body! I also try to get outside for my run, and even drive somewhere fun for my runs. I’ve found that its nice to get out of the house, and treat myself to Starbucks on the way home some days.
9:00am-11:30am- Work Time: I am the most productive in the morning, so this is when I get through my inbox, prioritize what needs to be done, and focus on work. My goal is to get through my inbox in the morning so that I can dedicate time to other work in the afternoon. I design products for a living, so a lot of my emails are more clerical type work, and then I try to leave my more creative thinking for the afternoon.
11:30am-1:00pm Lunch: I try to eat a quick lunch while finishing up my work. I know they say not to eat in front of your computer, but I do so that I can use my lunch break for other things. Between 12:00 and 1:00pm, I try to get away from my computer. I might do yoga, clean my house, run an errand, or just go outside if its nice out. At the beginning of working from home, I felt like I needed to work over lunch, but it left me feeling really burnt out. Dedicating time to get away from my screen helps me feel refreshed and ready to get back to work in the afternoon.
1:00pm-4:00pm(ish) – Work Time: I jump back into work after lunch and try to get through whatever else I need to get done that day. I don’t work until a set time each day– sometimes I’m done a little early, sometimes I work later. I’ve really worked to break the mentality that I need to work certain hours or certain times to do my work. I’ve found a much better balance by allowing myself to be done for the day when I need to (while still getting my work done!).
After Work- Unwind Time: I allow my evenings to just be my totally free time without structure or responsibilities! I usually just eat dinner, catch up with friends or family, write blog posts, or catch up on TV shows. Since the rest of my day is pretty structured, its nice to just have totally free time! I try to set out my workout clothes for the next day, so that I’m ready to do it all again!
I’ve actually grown to like working from home, because I feel like I have a better balance in my life and can really focus on the activities I need to at any given time. For me, the key is sticking to a schedule instead of aimlessly doing too many things at once and being distracted all day!
Are you working from home? Do you have a routine that you follow each day? Comment below!