Daily Routine

4 May 2020

Kiara Bomben, one of our South Jerrabomberra Sales Consultants, speaks about managing her new daily routine. 

Self-isolating and working from home these past four weeks has proven to be difficult at times, but I’ve found that incorporating and sticking to a daily routine helps keeps my mind occupied and gets me through each day. Personally, I’ve always been one for structure, especially in times when there’s a lot of uncertainty – I guess this stems from my days as a professional athlete. 

With that said, here’s what a typical day now looks like for me:

MORNING 

My morning routine starts by waking up around 7:00am (sometimes earlier) and sliding into workout clothes for a 60-minute walk/or 30-minute run. I choose to exercise first thing in the morning for a few reasons – one, it’s easier not to talk myself out of it and two, it gives me a sense of accomplishment before the day starts.  I try to do this every single morning without hesitation (whether it be overcast or sunny). I use this time to either reconnect with old friends and teammates or listen to a podcast. I also find that exercising with a partner (as yes, walking in pairs is okay) keeps me accountable, which helps me to stay on track and reach my goal of 10,000 steps a day! 

MID - MORNING 

After I get back from my walk, I like to quickly tidy up the apartment (nothing major but I find that if my workspace is clear, so is my mind) and put on some music. I’ll then put in the rounds and call my parents, sister and other family members. It gives me comfort knowing they’re all okay.

I then get myself ready for the day making sure I’m dressed in something other than workout clothes or pyjamas. I like to put an effort into my appearance. This involves putting on makeup and doing something with my hair (sometimes I go wild and blow-dry it!). This helps me feel like there’s a bit or normality and helps me be more productive throughout the day. 

After getting myself ready, I’ll make myself a cup of peppermint tea (I can’t do coffee in the morning), and this is usually followed by breakfast – peanut butter on toast or a bowl of cereal - nothing fancy. I’ll then turn on my laptop and dive into whatever work-tasks needs to be done.

As we approach lunch, I’ll usually make myself another cup of tea and take a 30-minute break. This usually involves folding laundry or watching a sneaky episode of House Hunters International (one of my favorite shows). I’ll then dive back into my work. 

AFTERNOON

My afternoon consists of two things – one, visiting the best French patisserie (ever known to man) downstairs, or two, making my own special coffee! I fill up my cup with either almond or coconut milk (must be extra hot), stir in a teaspoon of instant coffee, and add in a few drops of vanilla essence, cinnamon and nutmeg. It tastes like Autumn! 

I’ve found that by taking these small breaks throughout the day helps me retain more information and focus better. 

It’s a win-win! 

EARLY EVENING 

It’s closely approaching 5.00pm. To finish the afternoon, I like to write down a list of what needs to be actioned for the next workday. I’ll also scan my calendar to make sure I’m prepared for any meetings scheduled for following day.

EVENING

This is one of my favorite parts of the day because I have social interaction!  Romain (my partner) is home and I like to talk about how his day was and what he got up to. As he is not working from home the conversation is always different. 
After that, we’ll also try and catch up with his parents (who live in France) over Skype/or on speaker phone. I haven’t quite mastered the language of love just yet but listening to them speak definitely helps! 

I’ll use the remainder of the night to either bake (which I love), look through different cookbooks for new recipe ideas, or scan the web for workout clothes I can’t afford. 

Romain and I will try to complete a quick 40-minute kettlebell workout every other day. He is preparing for rugby season, so it’s a good excuse for me to squeeze in another workout before bed. 

Before calling it a night, we’ll scan Netflix, knock-off a few scoops of ice cream and get ready to do it all again the next day!