A Simple Morning Routine For Home Workers

Working from home has its advantages. Homeworkers; entrepreneurs, freelancers, hobbyists can get maximum work done by having some simple morning routines for homeworkers. To be successful with working from home, it is important to have routines to keep your day on track.

I am a morning person, but getting going in the morning can be difficult. But as a home worker, a positive and productive start to the morning can make or break your working day. What you do in the morning can affect your whole day, so it's worth putting in some effort to make your morning run as smoothly as possible.
A morning routine can set the tone for a successful day, help you get your most important tasks done and free you up for the fun stuff later in the afternoon. Here are my favourite tips for creating a simple morning routine that can help you and your family start the day off right.

  1. Get up at least 30 minutes before your children. It can be difficult. And it's even harder when you have a baby or a toddler who wakes up at the crack of dawn. Try to get up as much as possible before the kids wake you up, even if it's just to have a few minutes to yourself in the morning to focus and have some time to yourself.
  2. Make your bed. I know - why make your bed if you're going to mess it up at night anyway? Because it sets the tone for the day. A made bed looks so nice and tidy, and you start to feel productive for having put something messy in order.
  3. Get dressed and brush your teeth. Spend a few minutes making yourself look neat. As a stay-at-home mum, it can be very tempting to walk around all day in pyjamas or old yoga pants, but try to make it a new habit to get dressed (appropriate for public), brush your teeth and wash your face. You will feel better and more professional, and you will not be ashamed if a neighbour turns up unexpectedly at your door.
  4. Eat something. Keep breakfast simple, but have something other than coffee. Try to find something that both you and your children like, so that you don't have to make separate meals. A few different kinds of cereal? Eggs? Yoghurt? Try to keep the breakfast menu quick and easy. Take the clean dishes out of the dishwasher and load the dirty ones. If you don't have a dishwasher, spend a few minutes washing the breakfast dishes.
  5. Keep the kids busy so you can work. If your children are older, that might mean getting them out the door on time for school. If they are still small, it might mean dropping them off at a babysitter's for a few hours or turning on their favourite cartoon so you can work for an hour. It is vital that you create space in your day when your children are busy so that you can be a successful work-at-home mum!

It may seem like a lot of work to put together a morning routine, but start with a few simple tasks and make sure you put them somewhere on a list where you can easily see them, so you can stay on track. Within a few weeks your new routine will have become a habit, and you won't even have to think about it anymore! A morning routine goes much more smoothly than an evening routine to end the day and prepare for tomorrow. Here are a few end-of-day closing tips to make your new morning routine even more effective.

  1. At the end of the day, write down your three to five most important tasks for tomorrow. Try to limit yourself to no more than five tasks, so that you have enough time and mental strength to actually get them done. It is discouraging to start each day with a long list of to-do's knowing that you will not get everything done. Limit yourself to the most important tasks, and then you can fill in the free time with less important tasks that are still on your plate.
  2. Quickly pick up your things and leave your house as neat and tidy as possible every evening. In your workspace, put away your files, tidy up your papers and close your computer. In the rest of the house, let your children help put away toys, tidy up living areas and load and unload the dishwasher. This is not meant to be a daily big clean, but a general clean so that clutter and dirty dishes don't take over during a busy work week.
  3. Check your agenda for tomorrow so that you know whether there are appointments or meetings for which you need to dress up, whether your children have classes or sports exercises that require special clothing or equipment, or whether there are any other special events, such as outings, for which you need to prepare. It's also a good idea to check the weather forecast in case you need an umbrella!
  4. Pick out the clothes for tomorrow, both for yourself and for your children. It will make the morning routine run more smoothly if you don't have to dig around for a suitable outfit. And since you've already looked at your calendar, you know what the plans are for that day, so everyone is dressed appropriately. While you're at it, gather up any backpacks, sports gear or other necessities that you or your kids might need for the next day's activities and leave them by the door so nothing gets forgotten.
  5. Cuddle up with your kids, read them some books and make sure everyone goes to bed on time, so you can start fresh tomorrow!
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