Remote Routines

Let’s talk about morning routines for a few minutes in the life of a remote worker.

I’m someone who benefits greatly from structure. I do though perform really well under pressure, and I’m usually open to change, but I definitely feel I’m at my best when it comes to my work when I’m following a regular routine.

My preferred morning routine is:

  • 5am wakeup and read my bible/pray.
  • 6-7am kids wakeup, feed them, get them ready for school.
  • 7-9am school run/I run.
  • 9am coffee then work.

Where this has been failing massively is when I’ve been working late into the night – which has been a lot lately. There are a number of reasons why this has happened – some my fault, some because of the nature of timezones, some handling stressful circumstances.

The biggest problem with this has been that it’s knocked out my 5am wakeup and “quiet time” – and this really sucks šŸ™ because to be quite frank, I’m less of myself when I’m disconnected from my prayer life. Simply put, I’m not awesome to be around!

This often produces a snowball effect into the rest of the day. And you’d think that after remote working for 10 years I would have this down to an art?

Ha, you are sadly mistaken šŸ™‚

So why did I write this? In light of all the people heading into remote work with all this worry about COV-19, I thought I’d offer some perspective on heading into a much less structured work environment.

When I moved into remote work it was complex, but at least at Woo we had a slow descent into it over a long period of time so the change was less abrupt.

But also, if you do fail at your routine – don’t beat yourself up about it šŸ™‚ it will happen! Just take it day by day and make adjustments as you see fit.

If you feel like me, that the start of the day is super important – then do your best to keep that going! Whether it’s a prayerful start as in my case, medication of some kind, exercise, or simply making a coffee – you do the thing that gets you that first “win” for the day!

Keep iterating just like we do when making software šŸ™‚ It’s never perfect!

Also, if you are looking to get out of an office based environment and make the switch into remote work, we’re hiring!

6 Comments

  1. Thanks for this, Jeffy. It’s great to see I’m not alone in not always sticking to my routine (yet always aspiring to do so). šŸ™‚

    For my morning routine, I’ve found keeping it abstract to be helpful. For example, “wake up, quiet time, coffee, breakfast, work”. How I spend quiet time, for example, is thus open to evolve as the world evolves around us, without me needing to retain too much rigidity, if that makes sense.

    Another note I remind myself, often, is that each moment is the start of the rest of the day. I know it sounds corny, but helps a lot when thinking about times when something just doesn’t quite go the way we want it to go. We can either hold onto that for the rest of the day, or acknowledge it and recognise that the next moment is the start of the rest of the day, where we can choose how we want to show up.

    I find this last part helps a lot when my morning routine is shaken quite a bit, or I get up on the wrong side of the bed. šŸ™‚

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