Establishing a new routine
Hello everyone. I hope you are all well and looking after yourselves wherever you may be. Ok, so I said it. And I’ll admit I’ve been trying to avoid it, but we are amid a global pandemic.
COVID-19 has impacted all four corners of our globe, and while we all try to do out bit to stop the spread of the virus, life does inevitably need to go on in some shape and form.
Life looks different
While we all relocate to our home offices, close our doors and practise social distancing, it can be hard to maintain what normal used to be. I am also deeply aware of those that at this time, don’t have the luxury of a new ‘normal’.
For those of us that are fortunate to be able to lock ourselves away in the comfort and safety of our own home we should be thankful, however, this new ‘normal’ still presents many challenges.
A smaller world
The hustle and bustle of our lives have come to a standstill, the once busyness we often took for granted has now become quiet and isolating. Our friends and family seem further away than ever, and our world has become much smaller.
We are all establishing new routines, ones that some of us may not be so fond of adopting.
I’ve read a lot about people who are struggling with the scarcity of social interaction; however, the forever introvert in me doesn’t find this so much of a struggle, but the days feel longer. Much longer.
I feel it’s essential to establish a new routine that fills our days with productivity and mental wellness.
But how do we take this time and establish such a routine, when we can so easily fall down the rabbit hole that is Netflix or YouTube?
Like many of us, I still have my full-time job. I am forever grateful to the UK government and Boris I take back anything wrong I ever said about you. But still, it is on hold until further notice. This expanse of time in front me I’ll admit fills me with dread. Well, it did.
Switch that midset
That was until I realised when else will we ever get this time when we can work on doing the things we love, or developing ourselves when often we don’t have the time to do so. I know my Udemy account is full of courses once started and never completed.
We’ve got this!
Monday – Friday
I think its important to make the weekends feel different, so keeping a weekly structure will differentiate between weekdays and weekends.
- Set a time that you will get up. Maybe not as strict as when you are working, but a realistic one you can stick to every day.
- Coffee and news. Limit your media intake and if you want to keep up to date do this over a coffee before you start your day.
- Use your usual working hours for productivity and exercise. Use your 8 hours to develop a skill, learn a language, strengthen your CV, or spend time on a hobby you enjoy. It’s also important to keep moving. Make some time in your day for exercise; it does wonders for your health. For me, this will be around 4 pm. I am not a morning person at the best of times.
- Evening, fun activities, these can range from anything from a long hot bath to a couple of good films or binge-watching Friends reruns. Whatever fun looks like to you, make time for it.
Saturday – Sunday
I’m not going to lie. I do enjoy a lazy Sunday morning. So the weekends I will slacken my early morning routine and give myself a little more time to enjoy coffee in bed.
I will also allow myself to be more leisurely with my time, perhaps taking my dog for a long walk and spending some more time on ‘fun activities’. Washing up somehow has become fun..
I think I will now appreciate my time outside more than I ever did before and I think we can all agree we took our freedom for granted.
Thanks for taking a read. Stay safe.
Love, L xx