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I love a catchy topic title, so ya know I had to with this one! 😉 Today, I thought I’d just get back to basics and share what our current routine looks like during our shelter-in-place. You may or may not know, but we live in southern Illinois and are currently not able to really go anywhere still. It’s been odd and interesting, to say the least.
I started working from home a few weeks ago and within the first few days, I realized #1 how important a routine was and #2 that I would have to go back to work at some point so I should probably not stray too far from my normal routine. That being said, for the first week, I did take advantage of sleeping in since normally I have a 45 minute commute. Sue me. 🙂
Both pets and humans thrive on routine though so here’s what I did to get Sassy and myself in a good groove at home (hubby is still commuting to his job because he cannot do his work remotely).
#1. Write down everything you want to accomplish for the day.
If you are like me, thinking of everything you have to do at home AND while working from home can be a bit overwhelming. The feeling of overwhelm doesn’t serve you, so you have to get rid of it. The only way to do that is to write down literally everything you need to do right now. Get a google doc going or get out a sheet of paper and get it all out of your brain.
#2. Put the items in slots on your calendar.
Using Google Calendar has literally changed my life. Putting everything I need to do in slots on my calendar has changed the way I do everything. It takes the decision of what to do away from your brain so you are dialed in and not floating from thing to thing. It is EPIC.
There are things I’ve started doing at certain times daily (like walking Sassy!) and I’m quickly creating new habits that I probably never would have if I was working from home before.
You have to start doing this (if you aren’t already).
#3. Do what your calendar says.
This is probably the hardest part of learning to use your new task-filled calendar. I want to skip ahead sometimes or, worse, avoid the task all together because it’s annoying (I’m looking at you laundry)! Don’t break promises to yourself – stay on task and when you check these items off your to-do list it feels SO good.
#4. Keep yourself motivated!
You’ll be tempted to feel bad about something if it took you too long or if you avoided doing it. Do yourself a favor and just don’t do that! Simply move the item to a new slot and don’t think anything negative about it. It really IS as simple as that too.
#5. Take breaks.
No one expects you to be a machine, especially right now. Be sure to pencil in a little time for yourself. It’s important to me to still take my lunch hour. When I do, I try to work on something fun like my blog or play a game on my phone (heavily into Pet Rescue Saga currently, lol).
#6. Give yourself grace.
This is something that is always hard for me, no matter what season of life I’m in. But giving yourself grace and wiggle room is totally OK. We are in uncharted waters – none of us have ever been through anything like this before really. At least not to the scale that this has come to. Hang in there and give your pup extra hugs and pets! We are all going to be OK, friend. 🙂
I hope this helps you get started creating a schedule that works for you and your family. I guarantee it will make you feel better & more productive!!