I’m a creature of habit, just like you probably are. And just like you, I have my routine as I go about my day. There’s a lot of comfort and familiarity that can be found in a daily routine. Especially after the moving process over the last ten days, it’s nice to do something familiar like getting back to a schedule. I’ve discovered that there’s a difference between routine and ritual, though, and rituals help when working from home.
The only real difference between the two is the awareness and attitude behind the action. Routines can get mindless as you go through the actions out of habit. They can feel like chores. With rituals, however, they can be more meaningful, even if they’re performed often. I like to start my day with a cup of hot chocolate sitting outside. Now that we’ve moved to the mountains, it’s even more meaningful because I’m enjoying my favorite drink in a place that I love. I’m purposefully starting my day with a ritual of hot chocolate and inspiration from nature.
Working from home can be tricky because it’s easy to be lazy and not have the discipline to stick to a schedule. I try and act like it’s a regular working day with regular working hours. I deliberately get ready every morning with purpose and start my day at a specific time. I work until lunch time and then begin my next ritual of the lunch hour. By working hard and consistently in the morning, I reward myself with my afternoon ritual of reading for pleasure while having lunch.
I do the same thing in the afternoon until it’s quitting time. Obviously everyone has different schedules and personalities, and what works for me might not work for you. But you can still use rituals in your daily life to bring meaning and purpose in your day to day activities. I’d love to hear about yours!
Until next time, thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!