Mentally Drive Yourself to the Office

Updated on February 12, 2017
Jesse Brjoz profile image

Jesse Brjoz is a writer, entertainer and self-made woman who lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two Burmese cats.

What Does it Mean to "Mentally Drive Yourself to the Office"?

It’s a mind-over-matter thing, really… a simple tool to get you in the right head-space for the day.

Similar to setting up a designated Place of Work, you need to establish your own pre-work ritual that is the mental equivalent of driving yourself to the office. I’m using the word “ritual” rather than “process” because it should be actioned almost religiously each day in order for it to be truly effective.

Creating a Morning Routine

Here’s some examples of how your pre-work ritual (in bold) might work in with your morning activities:

Example 1

You’ve spent the last half-an-hour frantically organising your kids, who you’ve just marched (finally!) out the door to school. The house settles into beautiful silence. You make yourself some vegemite toast, flick through the paper and finish your coffee. It’s time for work. Walk out of your front door, around the side of your house and re-enter through the back door.

Example 2

Get up and take yourself for a walk around the block… oh, and make sure you savour the satisfaction of watching your neighbours roll out of their driveways into the morning commute. Once home, get groomed, get fed, get caffeinated and then step into your Place of Work for the day.

Example 3

You’re awake, dressed and now putting your breakfast bowl in the dishwasher. Time to make your sandwich, select your snacks for the day and pack them into your dorky lunchbox (which, mind you, no one will ever see or ridicule you about). When you’re ready to make the transition from home to your Place of Work, your lunchbox takes the journey with you.

As you can see in the varied examples above, your pre-work ritual is a personal preference and something easily tailored to your lifestyle. You could do anything, really (a mental exercise, a physical action) as long as you’re consistent every day.

Why Does it Matter?

The importance of mentally driving yourself to the office is to give yourself the same opportunity you would have if you were actually driving yourself to work. It sounds silly, I know – but not many realise the mental and emotional process that transpires on an early morning drive to work. It is, essentially, the window in which you prepare yourself for the day ahead. At some point during a person’s drive from home to work, they cross a threshold (an invisible line, if you will) and switch into work-mode. Simulating this same process with your home-based business – and doing it with your own personal style that works in with your lifestyle – will ready you for your day ahead.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers


      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.


      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

      Show Details
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)