Ever since New York has been on “pause” I have tried to be super intentional about this added time at home. I knew that the lack of daily structure and socialization besides work could be detrimental to my mental health.
When I began working from home permanently last August the daily structure I once had with my daily commute and office hours in Manhattan was gone. I was left unsure of how to conduct my daily routine while staying home to work. My new daily life lacked intentionality and because of that my mental health struggled for the first few months. After a few months, I got into a serious rhythm and better place mentally.
Knowing this I was super intentional about structuring my daily routine at the beginning of Quarantine as to not get in a slump like I have in the past in similar situations. Because of this, I would like to impart my wisdom and tell you some helpful tips to get you through quarantine if you are struggling mentally and with productivity.
My Daily Routine
6:30-7:30 Wake up ( I struggle with this one so I a lot one hour to this)
7:30 Shower and get dressed and ready for the day. Put on light makeup if in the mood
8:00 Make coffee and breakfast
9:00 Begin Work ( I am aware not everyone has a job during this time and I am extremely lucky. Use this time to learn a new skill, or work on a personal passion project)
12:00-1:00 Make and enjoy lunch
1:00-5:30 Continue working
5:30 – 6:15 Do a daily workout
6:15 FaceTime my parents
6:45 Make and enjoy dinner
7:30 Clean something
8:00 Relax and do something for myself I.e. Netflix, take a bath, work on my blog
10:00 Do my nighttime routine and get ready for bed (this is quite the process, I will go into specifics in a later blog post)
10:30 Write out a task-specific to-do list for the next day
11:00 Go to sleep
Productivity and Mental Health Tips
Get ready every day. For me, this looks like a shower (either in the morning, or after my workout), getting dressed in cute sweats, and putting on some light makeup (mascara and concealer)
Have something every day to look forward to. This will give you more motivation to get up in the morning and get going. This is why it so important to plan out your day the night before. I personally like to get as detailed as what I am going to eat, wear, and do
During the workday to keep me motivated and moving I enjoy listening to podcasts, and watching daily vloggers on YouTube. This is a great tactic to help me feel less alone during this time of isolation. See my Podcast recommendations here
Use a daily planner to write down and track your progress on your goals and daily tasks. I also like to put a little heart in my planner for each day I worked out.
If you have space try and switch up where you are working. For instance, my desk is where I focus on my 9-5 job, and I work on my blog from my couch or laying on my bed. This helps change things up to keep me interested in the task at hand.
I hope these tips were helpful, and I would love to hear how you are coping with quarantine and this change in daily life.