After just over 2 years of working remotely, I’ve enjoyed many of the great benefits of remote work, as a whole, the freedom to work at home or in local coffee shops, but there are a few things that just get a little too routine.
I found around the year milestone, that my routine was getting a bit too, well, routine-like. I agree, routine is so so valuable if you are a remote worker, it helps brings together good habits and a successful approach to your work.
But keeping things open to change and development is important!
This is something I lacked. I was keeping to the routine too much. Fixed was the goal and I wasn’t allowing myself to experience anything outside of this. Since doing these things to spice up the routine, things have become a lot more fluid and I’ve noticed that my routine has become so much better.
As a result, I feel much better as a person and a remote worker. These might feel very small habits for those that already remote working but they all became very useful when I was finding my routine too stale.
1. Midday Gyms Visits
Gym trips were something I’d do every two days. Since working remotely, gym became more important, with the commute, the lack of walking became present within the first few weeks and my energy lacked.
Around the time of adapting my routine, I started a midday (11AM — 1PM) workout time, in my lunchtime. Since taking this on and using it as part of the routine, I’ve really saved time and boosted my general fitness.
The gym efforts have paid off with work too, a feeling of more energy and a practical improvement to my workflow, with more intense sessions.
2. New Coffee Shops
Coffee shops are great, I go to them on a regular basis. But if you visit the same one too much, it feels little routine. I began to experiment with a few newer coffee shops in the local area and then added in quiet restaurants.
Adding this spice to the coffee shop schedule really helped to provide two things. The first was a variety, giving more places to work and the second a short walk between the distances, which helps healthy routines.
3. A Better Workspace
Upgrading my workspace was something needed! After upgrading my laptop at the start of the year, I took the leap with new accessories to help further create a comfortable experience for working.
Even small investments like a comfortable seat made things so much better. Whilst I haven’t spent the earth to date, I’ve made it a practical set-up for getting things done and a healthy environment to work in, with more improvements I’m sure to come.
4. Routine Workshops
Workshops have been one of the many ways I’m getting my dose of planning. Prevuously I only spend 30-minute workshops planning clients and projects once a week, or even once every two weeks.
Now I’ve started doing it much more often. This has helped me to keep on track, refine projects and continue efforts. 20-minute blocks every 2 days, really help me to see everything from an aerial view.
5. Walks Around the Park
Being suck inside all day sucks. From the start of the day you might be indoors all day. Small and short 5-minutes walks around the local park have become a great addition to my day now.
The park is local and provides me with a little stretch. Before, I’d pretty much leave it and stick to walk around my house or even down to check the mailbox, now, the simple walk isn’t too far, but a perfect distance away.