What a real work-from-home morning routine is like

Like I said before, I like to pop a YouTube video in the background while I’m cooking or doing other house chores every once in a while. And lately, from what I have noticed, full time you tubers are trapped in this world where (because they can stay home all day and just receive free PR products) feel that they have to give life advice when they have no experience in working in a job that requires them to leave the house or answer to someone else. All these lifestyle gurus come up with videos about their morning routines. They have catchy titles like:
“Productive Morning Routine!
Positive morning habits to work on!
Build Your Perfect Morning Routine!”

Most of these morning routines are summed up easily by saying that these people proceed to laze around in bed or on the sofa for an hour with their phone on “airplane mode”, cook breakfast for half an hour, work out for two hours and plan an empty day for another hour.
I might be judging by the minority (so, sorry if that’s the case), but I think these people will be in for a shock when the YouTube bubble bursts eventually, and they’ll have to leave for a full time job 5 days a week at 7 AM and not get home until after 6 PM.
To me, it’s one of the funniest and most frustrating things to hear these people say “I wake up an hour earlier to do these things.” An hour earlier than what? Their fictional self-enforced “normal wake-up time” before they get to do whatever they want all day with maybe editing a video and hitting the “publish” button sprinkled into the day?

Personally, I started working from home most of the time as of March this year. I work normal shifts of 40 hours a week.
However, I still don’t have the time to do two hours of jogging and yoga before I cook a fresh, wholefoods macro-filled low-calorie home-cooked breakfast before I start work /head to work on the days I go to the office!

My morning routine is wake up, feed the cat, make the bed so the cat doesn’t undo it later, drink coffee the BF made and get dressed lastly so the cat doesn’t mess up the outfit – with the added don’t fall on face on the way to the car from the 4th floor and drive to work, on days I’m heading to the office.
Most days, I have the first meal of the day at/after 12 PM and the morning dishes stay unwashed until way into the afternoon.
I do like the flexibility working from home gives, but if I throw in a load of laundry for example, I usually forget about it and they stay in the machine for an extra hour or more before I hang them to dry on the balcony.
When I sometimes get to duck out for a run before work, I am the happiest! I do have to quickly catch up after I get back though, sometimes not even having time to shower right away.
And, just to make a note of it: I don’t have the luxury of putting my phone to “airplane mode.” Real life just doesn’t work like that, and emergencies do happen.

I’m waiting for helpful suggestions to improve the above… and “read a book before starting work” is not good enough, thanks ;)

Once one gets into a routine, I guess the flip side is also true – breaking that routine.
“Routines are a very weird thing, because on the one hand we are always being encouraged to make routines and to stick to a solid routine. We;re told that the most successful people in the World have a routine and stick to it. But on the flip side, by breaking out of your routine and trying something else, you might actually find a better or a simpler way of doing things. And you might learn that you can feel more present and get more out of your day just by doing some simple things like putting your phone down or taking a walk outside with your head up.” – Lucie Fink

One Comment to “What a real work-from-home morning routine is like”

  1. This was hilarious! I’m glad you didn’t mince any words. This has been a ridiculous trend. I sometimes write articles on Medium.com and it’s even worse over there than what you’re describing on YouTube. On Medium, the morning routines are about living like a Spartan: get up at 4 a.m. to go jogging, take a cold shower and drink lemon water instead of coffee—and, yes, read a long list of success books before breakfast. I didn’t read any of those posts, but from what I heard there was a lot of competition and the morning routines got tougher and more ludicrous. (Yeah, let’s all get up at 2 a.m. and go swimming in sub-zero temperatures to make our work days more productive!!)

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