Updated: Sep 14, 2020
Trying to navigate this "new normal", let alone remembering what day it has been challenging during these unprecedented times we are currently facing. I don't know about you, but this is the first pandemic I've ever experienced! So let's just say we weren't particularly ready to face this head-on like a champ! Like anything new, give yourself the time to adjust to find what works best for you. Think of this time as learning a new hobby, at first anything new is expected to be hard and stressful, you may even feel like giving up, but as time goes on you learn, you get better and things get easier. Give your self a break, to learn as you go... you got this!
Here are four tips that have helped me start to feel somewhat normal again:
1. Get up, Get moving & Get Dressed.
Establish a morning routine, make your bed, get your body moving for at least 30 mins. (in-home workout, walk or run around your block - anything to get you up & moving) then get dressed- you'll feel better in the afternoon when you're not still in your PJs.
TIP: I've found doing my workout first thing, helps to ensure I get it done & sets the tone for my day.
2. Create a Schedule
Before ending each night, plan & envision what you want to accomplish tomorrow. (For me it's helpful if I write it down, so I can physically see it.) Each morning take your to-do list and create an itemized schedule. This doesn't mean that you have to stick to this strictly, it's a guide to help you prioritize and organize what you hope to accomplish that day. Be sure to have at least 3 items that are “musts", items that when the day is over, if you only got three things done all day, these would have been the most important, not to mention give you a sense of accomplishment for the day (even when the days are crazy). Focus on your most important (the ones you may dread most) FIRST, these tend to be the ones we save for last, but by tackling them first to get the hardest things out of the way. Even if your schedule doesn't go as planned, by mapping out your day you're sure to get more done.
3. Get Some Fresh Air!
This has been a game-changer for me! When you map out your day be sure to include time for breaks. Studies show something as little as a going for a walk during your day boosts creativity, improves mood, and increases overall productivity. Next time you're feeling unmotivated or feel the afternoon crash coming, take a walk outside & see how you feel after. The fresh air recenters your day, helps to melt any stress you may be carrying and will you the needed refresh to get you back and recharged a bit.
4. Working from Home?
Designate your space. Whether it's a home office or your kitchen table, designating a workspace will help signal to your brain when it needs to be in focus vs. relaxation mode. And no matter how tempting, DO NOT work from your bed - blankets & pillows aren't exactly conducive to productivity. If you're anything like me, being home reminds me of all the things I need to do, dishes, laundry, etc. so what I've found most helpful is to set aside time in your day to tackle those things too. I know it's going to make me feel more organized and at ease, if I tackle the dishes in the sink before the kids wake up or during one of my work breaks. Remember, it's all about you, figure out what is going to work for you and do that.
I hope this helps! Comment to let me know what's helpful and what your go-to tips and tricks have been during these times.