Most of us are currently practicing social distancing which means being at home for long periods of time. Which by now, I am sure you know how easy it is to fall into the bad habits of procrastination, not being motivated and the i'll get to it tomorrow saying! However, while we are flattening the curve on the virus, it's also important to flatten the curve on the bad habits we can easily fall into. So to help we've put together our top 7 must-do's to help encourage you to stay on track, and make the most of this time during isolation.
1. MAKE YOUR BED EVERY MORNING
Making your bed every morning symbolises the start of a new day. Leaving your bed unmade gives you the option to jump right back in, and put off the day's work. It also makes your space feel clean and fresh. It's been proven that making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity and a greater sense of well-being. Give it a try and let us know the difference it makes.
2. ESTABLISH A NEW ROUTINE
Structuring out your day will help make life feel as normal as possible during isolation. It's obvious that we can't stick to our normal daily routines, so it's important that we create new ones to suit the situation. Creating a to-do list at the start of everyday will help reduce disruption to your sleep-wake cycle, working hours and daily activities.
3. LIMIT YOUR EXPOSURE TO SOCIAL MEDIA
A lot of the stress and anxiety at the moment is being built up from the fear instilled on the news and social media. Have a digital detox by putting your phone on airplane mode for a few hours to help put yourself back into a positive headspace. Try do something that you wouldn’t normally have the time to do in your day to day life such as reading a book or doing a sudoko puzzle. Revaluate how you’re feeling and check in on your loved ones.
4. DESIGNATE A SPECIFIC 'OFFICE SPACE'
If working or studying from home, it's a good idea to choose an area in your house - ideally away from the bed or couch - where you feel most motivated to get work done. This will ideally mimic the working environment you are normally in, and therefore limit procrastination.
5. DRINK LOTS OF WATER
Whilst you may not be in normal routine, ensure you always carry a water bottle around with you to stay hydrated and healthy during this time. Make drinking water more enjoyable by adding lemons, limes and other fruits to increase the body’s essential vitamins during this time.
6. ISOLATE IN AN ISOLATION
With the close knit confinement with your family, kids, partner or housemates, it's likely we're going to feel a bit over whelmed and on top of each other pretty quickly. To combat this, make sure you take time out to yourself in seperate rooms to chill, do what makes you happy and recenter your headspace. It's important to make time for you still, in your own headspace and tranquil environment. Take a bath, play calming music, light candles and take the time out.
7. THE 10 MIN RULE
If it takes you less than 10 mins to complete a task, then do it when you see it! That means picking up the clothes on the floor, unpacking the dishwasher, folding your clothes away at night. There isn't many daily chores that take more than 10 mins each, but we often put them off and then get overwhelm with the amount to do. So to combat this, if you do it when you see it, we guarantee you'll feel better, be more ordered and feel a sense of completion pretty quickly.
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