WFH Tip: Security in Routines
Have you ever noticed that kids thrive when they have a consistent daily routine? Routines give kids a sense of security because they know what to expect - what they need to do every morning, what time bedtime is, etc. Having a predictable routine allows kids to feel safe and helps them manage their day.
Well, surprise! Even though we are adults, we often benefit from having daily routines as well. When you are working from home, it’s tempting to break all the rules and do things differently everyday based on mood. While this chaos may have a purpose when you first start working from home (office detox), it likely will not serve you well in the long run.
Creating a daily routine for yourself will help you stay on task and get things done. It can also help you minimize stress and better manage your day. In particular, it’s good to have a routine to fall back on when you’re tired or having a bad day. If you have a regular daily routine in place, you can deploy it and get things done in auto-pilot mode with less conscious effort.
One word of caution. By routine, I don’t mean “schedule.” You don’t need to adhere to a strict timetable throughout your day. Your routine should have enough flexibility in it to shift and change to meet the needs of the day.
Written on autopilot,