Falling out of routine can be stressful, especially when you were on a roll, and everything began to get a little easier. You’re now stuck wondering how you’re going to get yourself back on track, and how you’re going to manage to maintain that level of productivity. I’m guilty of this as well, losing momentum only to find that I’m suddenly overwhelmed by the number of tasks I have to complete by the end of the day. I decided to outline my day, really go into detail about how I was going to tackle that monster of a workload. It proved not only to be an excellent way for me to get out of my head and back to work, but it also gave me much more clarity about the kind of work I get done daily.
Here’s a little insight into having the perfect reset day.
You’re Not Obligated to Work Like a Machine
When you’re trying to get back into the swing of things, your rhythm isn’t going to return instantly. It’s going to take a little time to get back to where you were, so instead of trying to overwhelm yourself by trying to tackle all of your tasks at once-single, the most important one out and give it the time it needs. While multitasking is a great skill to have, you’re not obligated to start working as efficiently as you did when you left off. That just isn’t realistic. Take your time, tap into your creativity in small intervals as you slowly work your way up to where you used to be.
Do Something That Gets You Moving
When I’m in a rut, the last thing I want to do is get out of bed and go anywhere, so I usually convince myself that I’ll get an incredible amount of work done all tucked up under the covers. While that may be true to some extent, you’re probably going to find that you eventually feel a bit too tired to continue, and that’s okay. If you’re feeling a bit sluggish in the middle of your reset day, do something that gets you moving. Take a five-to-ten minute walk, head to the gym, or take your laptop to a coffee shop for the day. You’d be surprised at how much of a better mindset you’ll be in when you return home.
Indulge in Your “Me-Time” Activities
Sure, there are going to be days where you can’t find it in you to relax, but finding a good way to do this is going to save you a lot of heartache. When I’m having a reset day, I try to make sure I have a shower early, get some caffeine in me, and take breaks to read in between, even if I’m working from home all day. Indulging in the activities you’re probably going to do anyway, and giving yourself a moment to clear your head will help you to stay on track for the rest of the work session.
Plan, Plan, Plan!
Something I’ve started doing recently that has helped me stay on track is to plan my reset days. It may seem a bit unnecessary, but it gives me a way to work tirelessly for the few hours I need to take practical breaks and get back to work without losing momentum. Having a schedule to follow, even on your rest day, can save you a lot of time, and you might surprise yourself at just how much work you’ll be able to get done.
Have a Cut-Off Time
This is something I struggle with while working from home because you begin to feel like you could continue to work yourself sick to get ahead of the workload for the next day. Though, chances are you’re just going to tire yourself out to the point you won’t get much done the next day anyway. Having a specific cut-off time to do some light reading before bed, catch up on a show you like, or even do a bit of light drafting that doesn’t feel like work can help you wind down. That is the time of day. I look forward to the most because it helps me to work towards being able to have that time to myself in the evenings.
I hope these tips help you have the perfect reset day and get you back on track to work towards achieving those goals of yours!
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Anisa Nasir is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and family. She’s the writer behind As She Writes.