According to The Muse, research shows that following a morning routine, built around a daily practice like meditating or getting up half an hour early to go for a short walk, can help get your day off to a productive start, and that good feeling can boost your mood throughout the rest of the day.
Lisa Chui, VP of finance and HR at Ubiquity Retirement and Savings, told Business News Daily that if you work from home, then getting dressed as if you’re going out to the office can help get you into the right mindset, and therefore make you more productive. We’re not talking heels and pencil skirts, but changing out of your PJs is a good start.
It doesn’t have to be a lot, but a little movement every day can make all the difference when it comes to stress relief. If it’s too much to fit in a workout, think of small ways to move that can be incorporated into your day – walking part of the journey to work, YouTube-ing a short yoga or abs routine that you can do at home, or just spend a few minutes stretching in the morning – even on those marathon workdays.
We don’t want to add to your already overflowing to-do list, but making room to do something creative can really do something to soothe the soul and channel your energies, and that in turn can actually make you more productive.
While it’s easy to think you always need to be ‘on’ in any job, the pressures particularly high when it comes to working for yourself. If you’re available all hours of the day, it will quickly become an expectation and work-life balance will be nonexistent. But that doesn’t mean going MIA, it means communicating well – letting people know when you’re working, having reliable hours and letting people know when you’re going to switch off – that way, everyone gets what they need, and you get your work/life balance.
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