I realized that we’ve talked about morning routine on morning routine, but we’ve never covered one in particular – an office morning routine. I work from home, but I still like to fully shift my mind into work mode as I enter my office (aka guest room). So, even if you’re stepping into a corporate setting or a physical location outside your house, here’s a morning office routine to consider that’s good for your well-being.
Turn on oil diffuser and open the window
Depending on my mood or the time of year, I pick an oil to diffuse (usually peppermint, orange, or an uplifting blend), and either open the window to fresh air or at the least, open the blinds.
Sounds lame, but I seriously do this! I take about 30 seconds to get comfy in my chair, stretch my arms up and from side to side, and take a couple of deep breaths. It’s basically shifting my body and mind into my chair – and for some reason, it feels damn good.
Read my list
I have a ‘do more of’ vs ‘do less of’ list that I filled out at the beginning of 2019 (which I’ve talked about in previous years!). As I sip my coffee, I go over this list, which I basically know by heart at this point. I try to think of each item on the lists instead of skimming through and consciously note each point. It’s a reminder for me to move slow, put myself first, and take breaks – all things I’m working on this year.
I’m a big believer in finding music or background noises for the office – I think it helps me focus and/or sets a mood. I usually switch between Peaceful Piano on Spotify, Fleetwood Mac or Bon Iver radio, or Motown if I need a pick-me-up.
Drink everything + check sites
Between coffee, lemon water, and my smoothie, there’s a lot of hydration to be had. I take the first 20 minutes or so of my day to check sites I love/client’s sites and do a scan of my emails for anything pressing – all while drinking up.
I grab my productivity planner, check my calendar, check my phsycial notepad for anything I noted the day before, and start working!
P.S. at the end of each day, I tidy up my desk. I wipe down my tech and desk, clean any lingering cups, etc. Feel like it’s worth mentioning here since it’s technically in the evening, but starting my day with a fresh desk is a MUST.