Working from Home? Here’s your Best Morning Routine

The importance of morning routines

A favorite book that changed my life is Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. Your morning routine is your set up for how your day will go. I found it is so much easier to have a productive, positive treat day when you start from a place of strength.

Common work-from-home morning routines

Many work-from-home morning routines look like this:

  1. Make coffee (or a double!)
  2. Put on your “daytime pajamas.”
  3. Open your work laptop in bed.
  4. Start putting out email and slack fires.

Past successful morning routines

Think about when you last had a rock star day. What did you do that morning? Did some of your activities during the day include these things?

  1. Exercise or stretch.
  2. Put on a killer outfit that makes you feel like a badass.
  3. Eat breakfast.
  4. Fill up your thermos and grab your lunch.
  5. In your car or on the train, listen to your favorite music, podcast, zone out, or call a loved one.
  6. Say hi to your coworkers on the way to your desk.
  7. At your desk, evaluate where you are with your projects and make a plan.
  8. Commute home and unwind listening to music or quiet before tackling the family dinner and needs of home life.
  9. Enjoy putting on pajamas immensely because you didn’t just live in them all day.

Improving your work-from home morning routine

You can probably see why your momentum felt greater with healthier habits before work.

The fake commute

The key to getting your work-from-home mentality and momentum back is to build in a fake commute. Build in a solid, 20 minutes or more transition between bed to work.

  • Journal. How will you use the gift of today?
  • Fill your mug. With a drink that gives you calm and focus.
  • Take your lunch to your workspace. Prepare your lunch the night before as if you’re going into the office.
  • Hydrate. A dehydrated body will make you feel sluggish all day.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast. Your body and mind need fuel.
  • Exercise. Even for 5 minutes before you leave the bedroom.
  • Shower. A perfect wake-up call to all the senses.
  • Get dressed for real. No more daytime pajamas.
  • Commute to work. A short walk or drive will help you transition and get your mind more active.
  • Create a place just for work (not your bed). Plan out your day with intention.
  • Say hi to your colleagues on your company’s messaging platform.

Making WFH work for you

Love it or hate it, working from home is here to stay. So make it work for you!

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Jenna Z Hermans

Jenna Z Hermans

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Working Mom of 4, Founder of Chaos to Calm Coaching, Co-Founder of Be Courageous. Life Purpose: Illuminating possibilities! www.jennazhermans.com