1. GET UP!
Set your alarm and get up at the same time each day.
2. MAKE IT UP!
Make your bed. Before going into the kitchen for your morning coffee or tea. Studies show that people who make their bed are more productive. Get that little thing done, and you’ll be ramping up for other great things throughout the day.
3. DRESS UP!
This step includes a shower. Put on shoes that tie and pants with a waistband. Ladies, this includes a real bra (put the sports bra in the drawer with the yoga pants until after 5pm) No matter how long it has been since you’ve had your hair cut, your nails done, what make-up you may or may not have, do your best to look your best.
4. SHOW UP!
Make a schedule. Go to work, even if you don’t go to work. If you are actively working from home or not, this is one of the most important things you can do to be more productive.
I know in my life if it is not on my calendar, it probably won’t happen. I block time for daily reviews of Real Estate stats, contacting clients, returning calls, returning emails, education, projects, socializing, you name it.
5. STEP UP!
Be generous - If you have the funds to donate, or time to volunteer, this is a great time to help out. Check in on your neighbors or make a few ‘care calls’ to folks you know. They may not need anything, but will certainly appreciate the gesture.
6. MOVE ON UP!
Get Moving - Put the sandwich (or croissant, or chips, donut… whatever it is) down. Turn the TV off. Turn your favorite music on and dance. Dance while you do the dishes, vacuum the floor, sweep the kitchen, make your bed, scrub the toilet… you get the idea. If you share your home with a roommate, partner, kids, whatever, it doesn’t hurt to get the rest of the house on board with this one!
7. CLEAN UP!
Pick a room, a closet, or even a drawer and clean it up. Purge what you don’t need, wash what you can, and organize what you want to keep. This is a great time to watch a couple episodes of Marie Kondo on Netflix – then put it into action.
8. COOK IT (OR ORDER IT) UP!
Get creative and be sensible. Prevent gaining the COVID “19” by keeping healthy snacks on hand (carrots and hummus are my favorite mid-day snack). Try the new recipe you found online or support your local restaurant by ordering a to-go or delivery dinner.
9. PRAISE UP!
Find three things to be grateful for each day. I like taking a few moments before bed to reflect and document my gratitude.
10. DON’T GIVE UP!
If you get discouraged, take a few deep breaths and analyze your situation based on facts, not emotions. Write down your feelings, go for a walk, and re-assess your situation when you return. If you are still frustrated or stuck, ask for help. Just voicing your concerns can often help you process and purge anxiety.
Find ways to be inspired. Find ways to inspire others. Sharing in times like these can make all the difference – for you and those you connect with.