Whether you work remotely or not, having a daily routine is a crucial part of everyone’s life. In this blog post, you will see my remote working routine, which has helped me stay organized and bring the best possible results.
A routine will make you more organized and better prepared. Without one, you might feel lost and find yourself regularly backtracking. It should not be something complex, in fact, the easier and shorter, the better.
Just remember, the most important part of a routine is sticking with it, no matter what!
Let’s dive in!
As remote workers, the average length of our daily commute is between two to ten seconds. Two – if your working desk is in your bedroom, and ten – if it’s all the way back in the living room.
Either way, here is my Routine. Hope you like it!
06:30 AM – Wake Up
Make sure you get at least six hours of sleep. Eight are preferred, but in my experience, I’ve found to feel even better after six. For me, more than six hours of sleep lead to a slow-paced day. I guess my body is more relaxed, and everything, including my concentration level, is lower. Less than six on the other hand and I’m feeling very tired and moody. This is very personal and depends on your preference, but make sure the minimum is at least six and the maximum not longer than nine hours.
Don’t lay in bed, checking your social media, and watching your phone in general. If needed, you can take two or three minutes after your alarm goes off and then just get out of bed. You will have plenty of time to check your social media, so don’t worry.
Spend the next ten to twenty minutes, freshening up.
07:00 AM The Real Wake Up
I love working out in the morning. I also love doing it on an empty stomach. If this isn’t something you feel comfortable with, switch this step with the next, and you should be good to go.
I usually do my workouts in the Fitness Gym or the Local park, but in the times of Global Pandemics, a home routine is good enough. Even if you are not a fitness fan, a light stretching routine combined with a couple of push up should get you going. A walk outside is also an option for those not living the hear of the city centre.
The idea of the morning workout is to get your body and mind going. Filling up your brain and body with oxygen is crucial for your productivity in the next eight to ten hours. Also, it increases your metabolism and overall happiness level.
Always remember. Happy equals productive!
08:00 AM – Shower, Coffee, and Breakfast
Now that you finished with the morning workout, It’s time for the shower to complete the wake-up process. Trust me on this one, the morning shower after a workout feels amazing! It’s one of my favourite parts of the day.
When you are ready with the shower, you have approximately fifty minutes before the beginning of your shift. I assume your shift starts at 09:00 AM if it doesn’t adjust the hours in the routine to match those.
I usually spend those minutes by having my morning coffee and breakfast. I also catch up on social media, news, and everything else I’m interested in. If I’m in the mood, I also do some writing or play with my son.
Again this is very personal and depends on your likings. Use this one hour of personal time for something that makes you happy.
09:00 AM – Work Starts
It’s time to eliminate all distractions as much as possible. When your working day starts, you need to be focused 100% on your job at hand. This means, no social media, no television, and no chit chat with people living with you. But that’s only if you like your job, and want to keep it. If not, you can do whatever you want.
12:00 AM – Lunch Time
Lunch breaks are usually 1 hour. That’s more than enough time to prepare some simple lunch or order take out. Either way, the most important part is having a balanced meal. The last thing you want is to overeat. In this case, all of the blood in your body will enter your stomach to try and digest the food as fast as possible, and guess what? Your motivation and productivity will hit the ground faster than a brick. The next three hours of your day will feel like three weeks. Everything will be slow and boring.
Have a light and balanced meal. My personal preference is lean meat on the grill and a fresh salad. It takes fifteen minutes to prepare and another fifteen to eat. No matter what your choice is, make sure you feel light and awake after you finish it.
13:00 – Coffee and Continue to Work
Get yourself another coffee and continue working. Coffee helps with digestion, so if you didn’t do the math good enough on the previous step, coffee might help. I need, to mention though, that sticking 10 grams of sugar and adding 30ml of milk will lower the digestive capabilities significantly.
Eliminate all distractions and continue with your workday.
15:00 – Small Break
Working remotely isn’t easy.
Make sure you don’t overwork yourself and take the needed breaks. You are not useful to anyone when you are tired and stagnant. Take the necessary time to recharge. You need to remember, a well-rested and energized version of yourself can tackle much more workflow than a tired and bored version of yourself.
Working 24/7 isn’t healthy, your mind and body need time to regenerate if you don’t provide them with this time, you will never work at your full capacity.
I go outside on my balcony, grab a snack, or make myself a fresh juice. Anything works, as long as you take your mind off work even if only for several minutes.
17:00 – End of the Work Day
Your official working time is over, but it doesn’t mean you should switch everything off and jump on the couch.
I usually spend the next sixty minutes, working on my blog, or my other projects. I’m still in working mood, so I make the most out of it before I fully clock out and relax. If you don’t have any side gigs, you can read a book, visit your favourite blog, and catch up on social media. After all, you haven’t checked your feed since the morning, right?
18:00 – The End
And Its all over. You’ve made it!
Another working day, another success. Good job on your hard work, now go and spend the rest of your day whichever way you feel like it.
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