Rituals are especially important when you work from home – the physical environment doesn’t change, so it can be a lot harder to move out of home mode and into work mode, especially when there are breakfast dishes on the sink, washing to hang out, and beds to make, towels to pick up off the floor.
How to Create a Focus Ritual
- Close one door and open the next
The first action is to briefly deal with your morning space, and start to step in to your business mindset.
This could include a tidy up of the kitchen or your desk – 5 mins – just to help you move from the morning space into your work mode.
Rituals that include multiple senses can be more powerful.This is also about processing your discussions and actions from the morning, so that you can then move on to your business with a clear head.
You could also journal, or jot down things you need to remember for your family life. Clear your head so that you can focus well.
- Slow Down
This is an important part of the transition – and actively moving from one phase of the day to another.
This can be a beautiful centring activity – it’s the centre of the transition, and its purpose is to help you step away from the morning rush and move forward into your working day with beautiful clarity, focus and intention.
You can meditate, listen to music, sip a cup of tea – which ever feels special to you – because this is a special process.
If you choose actions that aren’t meaningful or important to you, then your desire to do them won’t support the building of the habit, and you’ll end up rushing them and completing your ritual with a monkey mind!This is really where you step away and stretch out time.
You’ve separated from the morning’s actions, and allowing yourself to transition into your work day. Put all of the thoughts from the morning into a box, or write them down in the preparation stage, so that you can step away from them.
Now you can be in the final phase of the transition into work mode.
Decide what you need to achieve this transition – and have them ready in the first step.
The purpose of this phase is to help you be clear on what you need to start with, to help you gain momentum in the day.
Create a list to remind you of your preparation process:
ie. schedule, Asana tasks, Google Calendar, your monthly goals, a list of things to do, sticky notes…. what does your planning process look like for the day? Record it so that you can systemise it and build it into a habit.
Get everything out of your head, map out your appointments in your schedule if you haven’t already done so earlier or yesterday, prioritise and decide how long to spend on each task (to make sure you can fit the important tasks first.
Like others, I think it’s important to create before you consume. Opening up social media or emails first thing can be a real distraction, and energy sucker. You might see promoting something similar to you, and feel that instant pang of ‘why didn’t I do that’ – and bam – your focus is gone!