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If you work from home, how you start your morning down to a tee will have a huge impact on how you work – and feel – for the rest of the day. Ultimately, it’s about doing what works for you, but here are a few pointers that will help you start your day right.
Wake up at the same time
When you work from home, it can be tempting to stay in bed until the very last minute possible. While it’s OK to treat yourself and do this on the odd occasion, I would advise you to be more disciplined and wake up at the same time every day.
You don’t have to wake up ridiculously early, just set your alarm for whatever time is realistic and works for you. It sounds preachy but routine really is your best friend.
Avoid going online when you start your morning
You need to set boundaries between your life and your work. Avoid logging on as soon as you wake up -unless it’s urgent, your inbox and messages can wait until you’re ready to start working. Additionally, cut your screen time as much as you can and remember you’ll get plenty of it while you’re working.
Start your Morning with Yoga
With little to no effort, is to wake up and perform a gentle yoga sequence. It may take you a few days to get into the routine, but you’ll immediately notice the benefits, and how different you’ll feel on the days when you skip the practice. Remember, it doesn’t have to be super early; it just depends on what time your day normally starts!
Here are the top 5 benefits you’ll experience as you start practising morning yoga.
- You’ll focus better on your day ahead
- You’ll boost your energy levels
- You’ll reduce your stress levels
- You can eat more!
- You tone up
Simple Yoga Poses to Start your Morning
- Pigeon Pose ( Kapotasana)
- Twist Half Chair Pose ( Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana)
- Lizard Pose (Utthan Pristhasana)
- Standing Single Leg Forward Bend Pose (Parsvotanasana)
- Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
- Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Once you’ve exercised and showered, it’s time to have breakfast! Have your coffee, tea, or whatever but make sure you hydrate yourself both during breakfast and the rest of your day. Consider getting organized and preparing your breakfast the night before. Overnight oats are a deliciously healthy option.
Set your goals for the day
Once you’ve finished your breakfast, start thinking about what you want to achieve at work. Go through your to-do list and set yourself realistic goals for the day. Think about what needs to happen for you to achieve your goals and set yourself a clear strategy.
Try and keep the list short, though, otherwise, you’ll likely feel overwhelmed. Also, try and stick to a maximum of five goals. Habits are hard to break. If you want to make positive changes and manage working from home, you’ll need to work for it.
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