Here’s a part 2 to my series regarding the changes going on and being home 24/7. This week is all about creating a routine for yourself. I asked last week on my instagram if anyone felt like they were lacking motivation since being home so much and one response that perfectly fit this week’s post was, “Not necessarily motivation, more so developing structure and an new routine”
I’m a big believer in having a routine. I always have. I wanted to quickly go through my typical day at home lately and then explain some tips on how you could go about creating a customized routine for yourself!
I set an alarm to wake up at 7:45 on week days, no matter if i have class that morning or not. I make my bed and go downstairs to get a cup of coffee. Then i go back upstairs to my room to read my devotional reading for the day and my Bible. After that I’ll get an assignment or two done while I’m sitting in my work space (my room) and then I’ll take the dogs outside to run around. After getting all of that done in the morning, my afternoons are pretty open to do anything. I’ll typically go for a drive to sit at the lake, sit on my back patio if it’s nice outside, go for a run, or get more homework done.
Some tips on creating your own routine
Find a time to wake up every day that works with your schedule (or lack of schedule). Even though i have no class meetings or plans that require me to get up early, i still like to get up early to start my day.
Figure out if you’re someone who would rather get up early and structure your mornings with a set routine or sleep in and structure your afternoons with a set routine. You definitely do not have to wake up early to have a routine. You can sleep in as late as you want as long as you set aside structured time each day to organize your life a bit. Also – no matter if you wake up early or sleep in late, try to wake up consistently at the same time on school days.
Write out what you need to get done that day. After you wake up, sit down in your work space and write down assignments that are due, chores you have to get done, a workout you want to try. Then everything is visually written out in front of you for you to see and you’re more likely to get them done.
Give yourself flexibility. Obviously it’s a big change for all of us to be home all the time and having to figure out an entirely new routine. Give yourself flexibility though with finding what works for you. Try waking up early one day and structuring your morning – try sleeping in later and structuring time in the afternoon. Finding your routine is all about prioritizing what you want/need to do and then setting time aside to do it. I prioritize coffee, reading my devotional, and walking the dogs every morning. The rest depends on the day like – doing assignments, planning a workout, or writing a blog post.
Try out what works best for you!