Working from home can often go one of two ways: You have the most productive day of your career while devoid of distractions, or you're unbearably unmotivated and thus procrastinate the day away.
How do you make sure that at least most of your days working from home are more of the former type (because, let's be real, we're all only human)? Take a page out of these women's books! Here are nine ways that successful WFH women kick off their days while remote.
1. They meditate.
Meditation is one surefire way to keep yourself grounded during tough times. Looking inward and focusing on where you are mentally, as well as where you'd like to be, can help you to get through the stress right now and navigate your emotions. Meditation can also keep you breathing steadily so you can make it through your workday ahead.
2. They get a workout in.
Exercise wakes up the mind and body! Sure, your gym might be closed right now. But that doesn't mean that you can't get some exercise in. You can find tons of at-home workouts to do from your living room! Follow your favorite fitness gurus on social media to get workout ideas and inspiration, and join virtual fitness classes that you can take before you start work each day.
3. They do some yoga.
Yoga forces you to be fully present in your body, which is why it's a great way to kick off your day. The combination of breathing exercises and yoga positions will help you to feel grounded, and the stretches to get your blood flowing will help to charge up your batteries for the work day ahead.
4. They eat a hearty breakfast.
Working from home means all the more time to prepare a healthy breakfast. You're in no rush to get on the road before the morning commute traffic hits. And you can even enjoy your breakfast while you get started working. Consuming the right nutrients in the morning can supercharge your brainpower, fully wake you up and get you ready to tackle your workload.
5. They sip some coffee.
"But first, coffee." Whether it's coffee, tea, a green juice or a protein shake, highly productive people take the time to actually enjoy their morning cup of energy. And, when they're done, they get right to it.
6. They actually get dressed.
While you might feel inclined to stick around in your pajamas all day when you work from home, actually getting dressed in the morning can help you to be more productive. When you dress like a professional, you feel like a professional and, therefore, you act like a professional. Besides, bumming around in loungewear all day may make you more susceptible to accidental napping...
7. They check in with friends and family.
Remember that we're all in this together! Productive people know that it's important to take time to connect with friends and family to prioritize their mental health so they don't burn themselves out. A phone call in the morning or afternoon to touch base with loved ones can help you to mitigate worries and keep you focused on work.
8. They make a to-do list.
There's a whole gamut of research that supports the fact that making a to-do list can help you to be productive. When you know what's on tap for your day well ahead of time, you can better prepare yourself to tackle it. Prioritizing what's important can also help save you from scrambling later on down the line.
9. They switch off.
Taking the time to switch off in the morning, as opposed to at the end of the day, can help clear your head so you are ready for whatever comes your way.
"Take 20 to 30 minutes to completely switch off," Georgine Harris writes on her Instagram post. "It may seem like something you’d do in the evening, but this was a gamechanger for my anxiety and mind. I read for 30 minutes and normally from a different book each day. But take sometime for yourself — it can be meditation, breath work, stretching, something that doesn’t require much thought. (This could be what you do instead of your commute.)"
AnnaMarie Houlis is a feminist, a freelance journalist and an adventure aficionado with an affinity for impulsive solo travel. She spends her days writing about women’s empowerment from around the world. You can follow her work on her blog, HerReport.org, and follow her journeys on Instagram @her_report, Twitter @herreportand Facebook.