Quashing Your Bad Quarantine Habits for 2021

Coffee breaks on our lonesome, playlists decided by our own listening habits and daily commutes consisting of little more than rolling out of bed, donning a dressing gown, and turning on a monitor. 

The life we became accustomed to last year was certainly very different. Some of us have adjusted to the change in routines easily, where others have struggled.

Although it may be a few months until we start to embark on the morning trek to the office (and many may not ever go back), now is the perfect timing to quash any bad habits now. That way, we are can get through a few more months of working from home, as well as being prepared for the office return.

There are two ways to do it, however. The first will be to crumble by the time it reaches 10:15, failing to follow up on that pre-lockdown ambition. The second is to take it in our stride because our mind is truly focused on success. 

Here’s how you can succeed when you walk back into the lion’s den post lockdown – whenever that may be:

Exercise

Gyms have been closed for a while now and despite major investment in home workout equipment at the beginning of lockdown, it’s been tough for many to keep their fitness up.

Try and devote time each day to meditating, running, or throwing weights about. Trust me, it will be easier to do it now than try and go full tilt when you’re back in the office.

Scrap the sweats

We all entered lockdown with the ambition of changing life as little as possible — clothing played a big part of this! Many of us committed to still wearing our typical office attire around the house.

You probably will have heard people reiterating the fact that getting dressed appropriately everyday keeps you in the working mindset. This was fine for one, two, even five weeks of lockdown. But, after three months many of us had given up. We’ve all become a bit more laissez-faire in regard to what we wear.

Let’s be honest, we could all get used to hoodies and sweatpants, but it isn’t going to cut it. Therefore, you need to cut it out.

We aren’t proposing three-piece suits for men and evening dresses for women from the get go, but smart casual at least should be implemented into your work attire when working from home as well ad for your return to the office. Doing this will ensure that your first day back will not consist of major discomfort. Work your way up…

Worm catching

A report produced by UK-based app Sleep Cycle has found that Brits are getting approximately 42 minutes more sleep a night than they were doing pre-lockdown.

Furthermore, the average wake-up time has shifted from 7:44am to 8:16am – an undoubtedly welcomed additional 32 minutes. Without sounding too much like beloved Country and Western star, Dolly Parton, many of us have become accustomed to rolling out of bed and stumbling to our workspace at 8:25 ahead of a Zoom meeting at 8:30.

Please stop pressing the snooze button on the alarm now. When the inevitable return comes, you’ll have so many other things to think about in your day and getting to work on time and in a safe manner is certainly one of the most important.

Be Inspired shared a video detailing why all billionaires wake up at 4am and not a moment later — it’s worth your attention!

Banning your electronics long before you go to sleep, altering your evening activities, and of course, going to bed earlier will all make that transition to an early start so much easier. It’s your time to go and catch the worm!

What have I done and what do I need to do?

When you are back into the swing of things your mind can easily go into overdrive forcing you to lose track of where you’re at. If this happens, you’ll start struggling to distinguish the wood from the trees.

Track your goals at the beginning of everyday and reflect on them at the end of the week.

This is not only good as a tracker, it will also allow you to reward yourself appropriately with self-appreciation.

Perhaps over the course of lockdown you’ve embarked on a number of ‘outside the box’ activities. Whether it’s online courses, new hobbies, or simply the beginning of a new project — detail your developments.

Working in lockdown is never going to be easy, despite the fact that many of us are patiently waiting for it. However, implement these simple daily habits before lockdown lifts fully and the transition will certainly be a lot smoother.

… Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait too long.

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