Throughout this quarantine, I’m sad to admit that my normal routines, habits, and schedules have pretty much disappeared. I know that it’s my fault at the end of the day, but I’m definitely the type of person that needs to be in certain environments to get certain things done. For example, to be produced with work responsibilities, I need to be in an office/library setting. To work out, I need to be in a gym setting.
I know a lot of people are probably in the same boat as me, and so far, I’ve found one thing that makes a huge difference in my motivation and productivity throughout the day. No more sleeping in. Now let me say it louder for the people in the back–STOP SLEEPING IN!
- You get one snooze–that’s it. I know…this is crazy–unheard of, even. But I promise it works. We all know how easy it is to get sucked into a non-stop snoozing cycle, so cut it out. If you can start forcing yourself to get up when your alarm goes off, your body will eventually catch up and it will start to feel more natural.
- Don’t stay up till 2 AM. If you’re like me, it’s always tempting to push through that wave of sleepiness to watch just a fewww more episodes of your favorite show. But you have to remember, the later you stay up means the later you can wake up without still feeling tired.
- Have a morning routine or a mini version of your normal routine. At this point in time, I’m still not back to my full morning routine. That’s okay. I’ve taken a few things from my normal routine that best prepare me for the day. So for example:
- Alarm for 7:30 AM
- Out of bed by 8-8:15 AM
- Make coffee
- Check phone till coffee’s done (somewhere around 9 AM)
- Make bed
- Brush teeth
- Set up work for the day
- Have a plan. This doesn’t need to be a set-in-stone kind of plan, but more so a to-do list for the day. I’ve found that while we’re trapped in our houses, the best kind of plan is one that allows some flexibility. So as an example, my to-do list for the day continues on right from my mini morning routine.
- After making bed & brushing teeth, set up my desk for the day. I typically move my laptop, move all my chargers, open my agenda, and move any notebooks/folders/papers over to the desk.
- Workout by 9:30 AM
- Start work by noon
- Allow time for things you like to do. As everyone’s days are looking different when it comes to responsibilities, jobs, work, school stuff…it’s important to take breaks and relax a little to avoid burnout. I’ve found it helpful to schedule time for things that distract me. So for example
- Work was started at noon
- By 2 PM, get some food (late, late breakfast or lunch…whatever I’m in the mood for) and check my phone till 3 PM
- Continue work till 5 PM
- Relax until dinner
- Around 7ish I’ll do some more work till I’m in a place to stop for the day
- So by 8, I’m normally done for the day, and from then on, I’ll do things that I enjoy like reading, playing games, painting.
- Create “environments” within your circumstances. I don’t have real “workspace” at home, so I use my desk (used to be vanity). But because I didn’t have a true space to do work, I could never get any done. So once I moved school and work stuff to a designated area, I was able to get in the right mindset. Same thing with working out. I’m not great at working out outside or in the living room, so the basement has become my “gym setting”.
By forcing myself to get up early, I give myself enough time to get all of (or most of) my responsibilities for the day completed. When you add a couple of hours to your day, you wouldn’t believe how much more you can get done. The morning grogginess is gone before you know it. Hopefully, you’ll notice a difference in your motivation and productivity too!
Written by GUADS staff member Toni