If you’ve read any of my Instagram posts in the past or indeed blog posts here detailing what an “average” morning is like for me, you’ll see it’s pretty busy from the minute I open my eyes. (Not unlike anyone else really!!)
COVID has completely changed that and I thought I’d share how important time management has become since lock-down.
While I wish I woke up looking like this….
After running a brush through my hair and all that “business” I’m up and out of bed anytime between 5.50am and 6.30am while listening to hourly news headlines, I make my bed and I organise my clothes (definitely not the corporate /smart casual attire of pre-COVID). Once I’m organised, I then head to the kitchen for breakfast with my phone /laptop or iPad in hand.
While eating breakfast I’ll review the capital city newspapers, it’s at a more leisurely pace now with the TV on in the background and monitor what the breakfast programs are reporting. I have more time to actually digest (no pun intended!) what’s being said and listening to the tone of the presenters.
Depending on what the morning holds, I’ll either jump into a couple of emails (I set a timer for 20 minutes) then go for a walk and listen to updated podcasts or, I’ll jump in the shower, get dressed for any meetings or errands/ outings that day.
As I’m on my way to meetings I’ll listen to the podcasts (that I would have listened to on my walk) and a bit of morning radio (oh and there’ll definitely be a sing-a-long in there too!)
HOT TIP: Want to know the songs getting me through my WFH work-day? Click here for the ultimate playlist.
Once I’m back from my walk, I get ready for the day ahead and I feel like I’m ready to get on with the rest of the day.
It’s all about a good sense of time management and prioritising. Some mornings I’ll have to forgo the tv monitoring and others I’ll catch up on newspaper headlines later in the day.
So what can you take away from my morning routine?
- Even in these times, a routine can really help. It’s definitely been of benefit for me when things weren’t very rosy.
- Create priorities that will help you throughout the day. For me, it’s knowing what’s going on in the world so I can do the very best for my clients.
- Music can really help – a big ballad, a pop-tune… Whatever your taste pop it on in the car or connect your earphones and immerse yourself in the music for a few minutes.
As an example, this morning I noticed a new campaign for a competitor of one of my clients. I’ve since set-up some alerts and will be monitoring this campaign on their behalf. What benefit will this be for my client? We’ll be able to watch (in almost real time) the effectiveness of their campaign.
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