A Work From Home Day

Wednesday, April 1, 2020


We create routines to establish a sense of familiarity, so we can somehow get a grasp of how we can structure our day. Now that I've been working from home full time for an indefinite period, I've created a routine that works for me.

In case you may not have the luxury of time to actually read through my elaborate routine, I've written my insights and tips into bullet points. TL;DR--


  • Make your mornings busy, this is when you have the most energy. - this works for me, but I guess there are some people who are more productive in the afternoon, it really depends on you!
  • Lists are your bestfriend. While it's nice to take mental notes of things to do, it's much better when you write things down and see them on paper; it gets done a lot faster this way because it's not only on your mind, it's also on paper and it's staring back at you waiting to be crossed out.
  • Breaks should be used wisely and they should be a part of your day. 
  • Sit down with your parents during meal times. For one, I never got to do this when I was coming in to the office. Now is the chance to do this more than ever.
  • Switch up your activities from time to time so you won't get bored easily. 
  • Have a dedicated space for your work. It's good to have a boundary between where we work, where we sleep, where we eat, so that it won't seem like we're mixing both our personal and work lives together. 

How a work from home day looks like for me~


7:00AM

I wake up, stretch on my bed, check my phone for messages that need to be responded to, and fold my blanket and fluff my pillows. These are the basic things to do upon waking up, because such simple acts make me feel that there's no more going back to my bed anymore because I've already started accomplishing tasks in the day!

I then go outside to my garden for some sun. It's best to get the sunlight at this time, as it's not too strong and the sun's rays feel moderately warm on my skin. I would listen to my audio Bible app while doing this. After around 15 minutes of being out, I go back inside and continue my Bible reading inside. I would journal as well to take down words and passages that spoke to me.

If I have some time, I would go on my stationary bike for 15 minutes, do some squats and push-ups, take a quick shower, then proceed to open my work laptop.

8:00AM

This is the time when I check and respond to my work emails, create my to-do list, absorb what's on my calendar to take note of virtual meetings and conference calls.

Creating a list is a must do so I won't miss out on anything I need to do. It also helps me prioritize and gives me a vision of how my day will pan out.

8:30AM

I sit down with my parents to eat breakfast. I'm guilty of eating quite fast, because I've already started with work and I want to get on with it, but it's something I'm working on. Sometimes especially on Mondays, I eat my breakfast while checking my emails. I do this typically as well whenever I come into the office, so it's been a usual practice for me.

9:00AM - 10:30AM

I start having back to back calls and meetings. I'm thankful for Zoom, because it's the easiest way to connect, and audio quality is great.

10:30AM - 12:00NN

As much as possible, I arrange my morning in such a way that I plan my meetings during these hours. I tend to have more energy in the morning and I like crossing out many of my to-do's during this time. I guess you can say that I'm in the zone at this time.

12:00NN - 13:00PM

Lunch time! I sit down with my parents to eat lunch. We talk about what we've seen in social media, they ask me a bit about how my work is (I reply the usual it's good!), and sometimes we would have a video call with my sister.

After eating lunch, I would chat my friends, and reply to messages. Then, I would take 15 solid minutes to lie down on my bed and close my eyes. I would setup an alarm so I won't go over the 15 minutes. During this time, I would clear my head and not think about anything. This helps me reset after an overwhelming morning of being productive, so I can re-energize for the rest of the afternoon.



13:00PM - 15:00PM

Meetings and calls that didn't fit in my morning would happen during this time. I'm also in the zone at this time as I continue to cross out the items on my to-do list.

15:00PM - 15:30PM

I take my non-negotiable break at this time. If there's one thing I realized, I took more breaks while in the office, but now here at home I rarely took them. Here's my effort now to be strict with myself in having a break. I would setup an alarm and treat these times as sacred, away from my laptop, standing up to stretch, drink water, pee, and whatnot.

15:30PM - 17:00PM

Back to work! It's the last leg of my shift. This is where I finish things up, check on my to-do's, and try to see if there's anything that I need to carry over for the next day. I'll never run out of work after all; there seems to be many things that has to be done, I'm sure this is the same for everyone.

If I'm lucky, I end at 17:00 on the dot. But if I'm feeling a bit extra and wanting to get more done, sometimes I don't notice the time and end up at 18:00. Let's cross our fingers that would happen less and less, yeah?

17/18:00PM - 19:00PM

I lie down on my bed, scroll through social media, or take a nap. My eyes are too tired and my brain has been fried.

19:00PM - 19:30PM

Dinner time! I sit down my parents and talk about how the day went.

19:30PM - 22:00PM

This is the time for winding down. It's the time for my hobbies, to paint, to write a blog, to organize a song playlist, to watch Korean drama, to chat with friends; I use this time to unwind. I switch up my activities a lot, because I figured if I were to paint for 2 straight days in a row, I'm afraid I would lose interest.

Sometimes I sleep late, sometimes I stay up until midnight. It's not ideal though, but I think sometimes I do this in an effort to feel like I've extended my day. I could be selfish like that once in a while.

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How's your WFH experience so far? While I recognize that not everyone may be able to WFH, I hope you're able to rest lots, and to use these days the way you intend to. : - ) Stay safe always! Know that you can reach out to me if you need someone to talk to. 

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15 comments

  1. Routines help put things in order. I especially love how you are strict(er) with yourself when it comes to taking breaks! The minds needs rest, and the body, play, in the middle of the day. Keep on, keeping on, Anna!

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    1. Need to be stricter with myself nowadays indeed! It's so easy to lose track of time when at home after all.. thank you Sher!! Much love.

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  2. Routines really help! Sadly, I haven't really gotten one so the past few weeks has been hard, especially on my sleeping pattern. I usually work from home just twice a week but with the lockdown happening, it's three weeks straight now. I'm still not used to it. I'm working on it and reading your own routine helped. Thanks!

    xo, Richel. | www.richelvergara.com

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    1. I used to work from home twice a week as well! It was a good arrangement that worked for me, however it's really different when I'm working from home for a full week and there's no going elsewhere after. :( Yes let's work on making wfh work for us! Thank you so much for dropping by, Richel! :)

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  3. Wow I really love your routine.
    I want to be able to wake up early. I used to wake up at 10am to 12pm but luckily I'm doing better and waking up around 9:30!

    I would love to start my day earlier for stretches and cleaning and sun though!
    Thanks for sharing! Hope you are doing well and you're all safe

    — Kiki | soyvirgo.com

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    1. Thank you Kiki!
      I'm a morning person, so waking up early feels natural for me. It's great that you're now able to wake up at 9:30!

      Yes, stretches and the sun are both my favorite things in the morning.
      Thank you for dropping by, and I hope you're well and safe :")

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  5. It is great that you have a work from home routine! YESSS on making your mornings busy. This is when I get the most done. I agree with lists as well. This is how I get things done haha. I need to do a better job sitting with my parents during dinner. I feel you about connecting with others! I like that you involve different activities throughout the day to not burn yourself out. Stay safe! !

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. We truly are morning people, aren't we?! *high five*
      Truly, it's good to have time to connect with others through phone/video calls, we are social beings after all. Different activities throughout the day are great breathers even if it's just for a short amount of time indeed. Stay safe as well <3

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  6. I love the number of breaks you take - I agree that they make you more productive during the day. I am working from home but homeschooling my kindergarteners as well so life is busy but I love being at home with my family - it's much less worry this way! Hope you're well.

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    1. It was a struggle at first, but I learned how to structure my days along the way. I admire those who have children to take care of as well while working at home, and it's great that the wfh arrangement works well for you :) Thank you for dropping by, Katerina! Stay safe always.

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  7. Wow, your routine sounds really productive! It's really easier to be productive during mornings. I miss waking up early and being productive.

    Bee | https://beecaluya.com/ x

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    1. Mornings set the tone for how the rest of my day will be like, but that's something that I figured works best for me :) thanks for dropping by, Bee!

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  8. Wow! I'm amazed by how disciplined you are in working from home! If thay was me it would be very hard to resist the bed or the tv!

    Keep safe!

    Choi
    http://anywherewithchoi.blogspot.com

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    1. I get you! But workload remains the same as if I'm also in the office, what with all the virtual meetings and calls-- so I savor every down time I get to have :") Thanks for dropping by, Choi!

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