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How to create a daily 'working from home' routine

07 Apr 12:00 By Vanessa Dolan

Vanessa Dolan shares how to create a WFH routine during COVID-19

Creating a daily routine is essential in this current environment, getting to implement it is the hard part.  If you look into most successful peoples’ lives, you will realise that they follow a fixed schedule, which has helped them to build productivity habits over time.


Step 1 - make a list of your daily tasks - don’t worry at this point about organising the list, simply focus on what are the things that need to be done and things you want to get done.  

If you feel like it's too hard to remember all the things in one sitting, have a notebook handy and take notes throughout the day. In the beginning, no task is too small.


Step 2 - Structure your day - and remember everyone is different and everyone has different energy levels at different times of the day.

Early birds get things done most effectively before lunchtime, while night owls tend to get their creative burst of energy in the evenings. Think about when you work at your best, and group your tasks into the time of day that makes the most sense for when you will best complete them.


Step 3 - Get specific - start the list based on the first 2 steps.  Remember to add in exercise when it best suits your energy levels.  And in this environment not just once a day but even 2 - 3 time a day in smaller chunks.


Step 4 - Schedule in time for flexibility - life gets in the way of even the most detailed of routines. The point is to use your most productive times for your most challenging tasks, and your least productive times to do the more mundane tasks. 


Step 5 - test drive your new routine - take your new routine for a test drive for 2 weeks How does it feel? Did you schedule your tasks at activities at times that make sense? Do you need to adjust things? Tweak anything that is not working on a case-by-case basis, and then assess after another 2 weeks to see how your new routine is working for you.


I hope this has helped and if you have any comments, I would love to hear from you.