It’s officially time to reach into the back of your closet and brush the dust off your work clothes because – depending on where you live – restaurants, shops, and businesses are finally re-opening. After months stuck at home in quarantine, here are some success tips to help make your transition back into the office a breeze:
Wake Up Early
Did you ditch the alarm clock during quarantine? Working at home the past few months meant there was no need to wake up early to avoid rush hour traffic. But, as you look toward getting back into your normal routine, it’s a good idea to get your body used to waking up early again. In this post, I share 6 compelling reasons why I like to wake up before the sun!
Quit Wearing PJs All Day
I get it. When you’re at home, you just want to be comfortable. Goodbye tight dresses with heels and hello sweat pants with slippers. But, before you know it, you’ll need to squeeze back into those old work clothes again … and spend hours in them! So you don’t feel super uncomfortable throughout the day, start changing out of loose PJs and back into form-fitting attire. Don’t worry, PJs will be back – that’s what weekends were designed for!
Get Your Hair & Nails Done
Words can’t describe how happy I am that hair and nail salons have reopened! Before heading back to the office, carve out a day to get a fresh trim, highlights, manicure, and pedicure. And, no, it’s not just so you look presentable. When we feel good about our appearance, our self-esteem skyrockets, we have a more positive attitude, and we become better workers. Don’t just take my word for it – there are actual studies on the topic. Experts call it the “lipstick effect”.
Create Weekly Menus
One great thing about quarantine: All the home-cooked meals! As your schedule begins to fill up once again, if you want to stick to your new fresh food routine, you’ll need to get organized. I highly recommend making weekly menu plans so you’re not left guessing “What the heck should I eat” at rush hour. I recently created a digital menu planner for you. Download it HERE for free! Keep on cooking and sharing family meals like you did in quarantine. It’s good for your health and soul!
Set Up Online Shopping
Ahhh, convenience at its finest! Many grocery stores today offer an online shopping option, where you easily pick your items on their website, load your digital shopping cart, and then pick everything up at the store once they’re bagged and ready to go. Then there are other services that will deliver your groceries right to your front door. Either way, they both save you a lot of time and could also save you some money. I keep a running list of essentials that I just reorder in bulk online — it’s a great time saver.
Schedule Your Workouts
I like to think of workouts as important meetings that I can’t skip. So, just like I would any other business meeting, I make sure to add my fitness class to Google calendar. Once it’s written down, there’s a great chance I’ll follow through. When I was just starting my path toward a regular workout regimen, I also created consequences. I would pre-pay for a yoga, spin, or barre class, and if I bailed then I would lose the money. So, I had to go!