Create a Routine that Includes a WorkoutMy office going self wasn’t super strict about working out, but now that my commute is my bed to my table, that has changed. Now I get up early every morning so that I can either bike in the park near my apartment or stream a yoga video so I can workout without ever leaving the house. I can’t take movement for granted now, so carving out a workout is essential for clearing the brain cobwebs and keeping my body in working order so I can be my best self when I sit down to work.
Don’t Wear Your Pajamas to WorkWhile our Chief Creative Officer, David, is always dressed impeccably even when it’s just to go to his living room, I am a fan of workout clothes anytime I’m home, including when I work from home. But note- these workout clothes are different then pajamas. I’ve made a clear distinction between my Girlfriend Collective black leggings (“work” pants) and my Recliner lounge pjs (“sleep” pants). I don’t think it matters what you decide your work clothes are- it’s more important that your brain understands when you’re in work mode based on what you deem WFH appropriate.
Have a Designated Work Space That Isn’t Your BedMy husband is also working remote, and because he’s actually been doing that for quite a while, our desk is his de-facto work space. So I now work at our dining room table, and it’s working great! Every morning, after I shower and change into my designated work-leggings, I set up my computer, charger, notebook, pens, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, and earbuds in a line on our dining room table, and get down to emails. When I break for lunch, I sit on the other side of the table- aka the non-work zone. And at 5 pm, all the aforementioned items get put away in my bedroom, so that the dining room can become the fun wine-drinking, puzzle-playing space it is in the evenings.
Make Self Care a Priority
When the workday is over, it’s important for me to have a ritual that flicks the work switch off and the relax switch on. So after I put my computer away, I like to head into the bathroom, and light a candle, wash my face and do a face mask. This gives me a symbolic moment to wash off the work day and unwind.