As the world embarks on another week of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to experience shifts in their social activities as well as in their professional lives. For some, that means work spilling into home life full time for the time being. While on the surface, working from home can seem like a luxury. Comfortable attire, a considerable decrease in your morning commute, and the ability to sleep in just a little longer can appear ideal.
While working from home allows freedom from many of the constraints of traditional work settings, there can be drawbacks. Learn how keeping up with your daily routine help you confidently embrace your current remote working experience with these positive impacts.
Keeping a routine can help cultivate good habits.
Forming habits can take weeks. Falling out of habits can take mere days. Were you used to waking up early before work to get in a run or a quick workout? If so, and you’ve been taking advantage of the snooze button on your alarm in your current work from home environment because your commute now involves traveling from your bed to your coffee table, then your healthy habit might be at risk. By mimicking your daily routine as much as possible, you can help keep those healthy habits strong while keeping negative habits at bay.
Keeping a routine can help with stress management.
Decision-making can be stressful, but that stress can be lessened with the help of a routine. Maintaining routine activities can reduce stress by presenting foreseeable situations, creating feelings of control. That predictability can help you feel prepared to take on whatever is presented throughout your day.
Keeping a routine can help combat procrastination.
As you settle into your new work environment, maintaining your routine can help make sure that you stay on track with the things you need to get done during your day. By keeping with the activities that you’re used to doing throughout the day, you’re better able to designate chunks of time for your day’s important tasks, making sure that you don’t let things slip through the cracks.
Keeping a routine can help positively impact your health.
Between the uncertainties of what COVID-19’s impacts from day to day, disruptions in your work life, and isolation guidelines keeping your household in one place, it can be easy for your regular sleep habits to be shaken up. Maintaining a routine can help you get back on track by soothing your body and mind with repetitive activities like waking up and going to bed at the same time. Additionally, keeping up with morning and nightly rituals can help strengthen the predictable rhythmic cadence that your body looks for to secure a sense of balance.