How to Start Your Day Off Right For Virtual Assistants

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Does this sound familiar? You hit the snooze button and roll back over for just 9 more minutes. 

The next thing you know, it is 30 minutes later. You are rushing around to get everyone out the door with lunches and backpacks, only to close the door and see that one of your children left their homework on the breakfast table. You run out to the bus stop in your bathrobe and slippers just in time. Now you can sit and have a cup of coffee and somehow get lost in social media on your phone for over an hour.

If you can relate to this or some other frantic start to your morning, you should consider implementing a morning routine.

A morning routine will set the tone for your day. So many of us have busy lives that can quickly get out of control. Practicing a morning routine can help you be more productive throughout your day.

Because Virtual Assistants don’t have to punch a time clock, it is easy for them to get distracted. 

This is why a morning routine is especially beneficial for VAs. 

Establishing morning habits can help you be more productive, organized, and focused for your entire day. Your routine should cover when you wake up until you sit down at your desk to start working.

Here are some tips to establish a morning routine that will work for you.

Establish a regular wake-up time.

Don’t hit the snooze button. You may need to get up half an hour to an hour earlier than you do now if you just don’t have enough time in the morning. VAs with young children like to get up a little bit before they have to wake the kids to get something done for themselves first.

Give yourself enough time.

Determine what elements you would like in your morning routine and allow enough time to get it done. Don’t overlook any household chores that you want to do before you open your laptop for the day.

Implement stillness.

Try implementing meditation, prayer, or breathing exercises into your routine to help you feel grounded and focused.

Fuel yourself.

Providing your body with proper nutrients in the morning will help you maintain the right energy level and attitude throughout the day.

Get moving.

If you have the time, a short workout will help to get the blood flowing. A 15-minute walk or some quick stretches may be enough, especially if you have an exercise routine later in the day.

Review your day.

Take some time to review your schedule. What meetings do you have and when? What are your priorities for the day? It is a good habit to check your accomplishments at the end of the workday and create your schedule for the following day before leaving your desk.

Be consistent.

Write out your schedule so you can follow it daily until you have it internalized. But, you also need to be flexible. If something out of the ordinary comes up, you will have to handle it if it can’t wait until later.

Your morning routine needs to work for you. It is yours to create. You may need to make adjustments along the way until you land on something that works for you. But don’t give up! 

A morning routine is important for Virtual Assistants to be more productive, organized, and confident in their day. When you implement a morning routine, you will notice a real difference in how your day unfolds.

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