Day 45: Recipe for a Great Day

If you recall, last Friday was a rough day. In fact, it was a rage-filled day. I had worked from home, and I’ve noticed that I often struggle on these days. The irony is that I always look forward to them! I love the quiet and the freedom to organize my day however I please.  No commute to take up my time. No interruptions. No need to dress up. I look forward to it, but sometimes by the end of the day I’m a cranky, miserable mess.

And cranky, miserable is not a good state to be in leading up to a no-wine Friday night.

So, if I’m in charge of my day, why does it turn out so badly? Good question. I apparently get in my own way somehow. Hmmm… do I sloth too much? Make poor choices with food? Spend the entire day in jammies? Think that working from my bed is a good idea? Um… maybe.

Which leads me to my experimental recipe for a great day of working from home.


  • a to-do list (of a reasonable length)
  • food containing protein
  • two large cups coffee (but no more!)
  • water
  • comfortable clothing (not jammies)
  • sunlight or happy light
  • a comfortable work space (not bed)
  • sober blogs, other uplifting reading


1. Begin day with coffee and sunshine. Fake sunshine is fine. Bed is a lovely place for this. Read sober blogs, write if inspired. Avoid looking at news articles, especially politics. One hour max.

2. Change into comfortable clothes. Create at least the illusion of cleanliness. Full on showering is optional.

3. Eat something, including some sort of protein.

4. Move to work space. Bring water. Create comfort – fuzzy socks? a candle? soft music?

5. Begin by “eating your frog.” This means doing the worst task on the to-do list (see Mark Twain quote). Then reward yourself with a break.

6. Repeat step five as needed if there are multiple frogs (this is known as an “army” of frogs) 🐸 🐸  🐸 🐸

7. Don’t forget to eat lunch, including more protein.

8. Continue working on to-do list. Cross tasks off as completed. Leave easiest, least important, or least time-sensitive items for the end. If you can’t get everything done, circle the unfinished tasks and try to plan when you will get back to them.

9. Do at least one household chore. This is a benefit of working from home and you might have regret if you don’t take advantage of the opportunity. Do one load of laundry, make a bed, clean something.

10. End your work day with enough time to transition to evening without becoming overwhelmed. Plan this out! Will a change of clothes or a shower be necessary? Will a quick grocery run be needed? Do what you need to do to prepare for a great evening after your great day.

Note: If the cranky feeling starts to develop, nip it in the bud. Find the source of the irritation and resolve the issue. Annoying email? Put a note about it on your Monday to-do list and then put it out of your mind. Feeling frumpy? Take a quick shower or apply makeup. Hungry? Eat!

And there you have it. My personal recipe for a great work-at-home day. I’m in step one at the moment and have just ten minutes left, so off I go. I’ll report back later to share how it went!

jenwithoutwine (with to-do list & fuzzy socks)




9 thoughts on “Day 45: Recipe for a Great Day

  1. That’s brilliant! I’m loving the list …. I do think it’s hard to work from home. You’re doing really well on the drink front! If you need inspiration, I read Clare Pooley’s book, The Sober Diaries (and her blog, Mummy was a Secret Drinker) is brilliant. Somehow she stopped me drinking and I didn’t even mean to … just thought it might be a good read. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for the great post!

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  2. I love being able to work from home too but some days can be less than “productive” – no website politics and getting out of pjs is smart. I love the idea of making a list and eating that frog first – gives you a little boost of accomplishment to carry you through the rest of your tasks. I get the rage too – a good reminder that even though it’s nice to get stuff done independently, a little human connection to get out of your head helps. Good advice for work AND sobriety. Thanks!

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  3. I work from home, and I am at step 1 right now, smiling as I read your recipe. 🙂 So many of these steps are the ones I use in my own work-from-home world. I love the flexibility of working from home and wouldn’t change it for the world. I also know that I need structure and rituals to keep me functioning optimally.
    The transition times are most critical, especially in the afternoon. Planning the afternoon transitions mindfully and intentionally has helped so much in keeping the wine voice in my brain at bay. And my blood sugar stable too!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jen!

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