I have been struggling a little to keep my normal day to day structure during this quarantine.
If you have been struggling with structure and productivity as well you are so not alone, I promise.
In my professional opinion (I don’t know if I am qualified to say ‘Professional’ but whatever), having a daily routine is absolutely essential in order to keep your sanity!
This might sound dramatic but you get my point.
When you start laying in bed till noon, that is when things are going to start taking a turn for the worst, and a daily routine will prevent this!
It’s so important during this time to have a daily schedule that will keep your day structured and productive.
Not only will a routine keep you productive and sane (which are both total wins), but it will help you to maintain normalcy in your life during this time.
The consistency that a routine will give you, is going to help you feel better and keep you grounded.
In this post, I want to do 3 things:
- Share somethings I have included in my daily routine
- Share a new technique I have been trying and loving
- Explain why not to wake up at Noon and go to bed at 4am!
Now, I am not going to tell you that you have to be out of bed at 6am because that is not reasonable, however I will give light hearted suggestions, even though this is completely adaptable to your schedule and what you need to do everyday.
You definitely don’t have to get up at 6 am (however you don’t want to be waking up at noon either), that being said, you need to avoid waking up and then spending hours laying in bed staring at your phone.
Also you need to get up when your alarm goes off a habit, don’t snooze 5 times, 3 times, or even once, when your alarm goes off it is time to get up!
And trust me, you will thank yourself for this later (you probably won’t be too happy about it in the moment, but you’ll get over it)
Staying productive is going to take some serious self discipline, and the best way to get batter at self discipline is by practicing it. Over and over again, until it becomes a habit!
So, get up at the same time every day, MAKE YOUR BED, and get ready for the day.
P.S. when I say get ready for the day, that means, shower, get dressed, brush your teeth, just because you are home, does not give you the right to not put effort into yourself
Make a delicious breakfast (if you eat breakfast), do something active (stretch, yoga, full on HIIT workout), and enjoy your morning.
Enjoying your morning and really taking in the little moments, whether that’s savoring your morning cup of coffee or 3, journaling for a few minutes (I truly believe this is such an important habit to implement in your everyday routine), and having a few minutes without your phone (try not going on your phone for the first 30 mins of the day, it makes all the difference).
It’s hard to not feel down, and anxious these days so making sure you are enjoying the little moments and joys in life is really going to help lift your spirits and keep your positive attitude at full force.
Tip: during this time write your todo list for the day, to make sure you know exactly what you need to accomplish during the day!
GET TO WORK
If you are doing online school, working from home, or even if you aren’t doing either, I seriously suggest using the mid-morning (after your little morning routine), to get things done!
I have found that I have the most motivation and sense of urgency in the morning, so this is when I try to get all of my big tasks done!
I have just always felt the most focused after I’ve had my cup of coffee, and done my morning yoga!
Now, this is just my suggestion!
If you know that you are 100 times more productive in the afternoon, or at night, then take this advice with a grain of salt, but if you really havet figured out your most productive time, I highly recommend trying the morning!
Spend as much time outside as you can!
My outside schedule has been in the morning while I’m drinking my morning coffee, after lunch to go for a walk, and in the evening for my second walk of the day!
My neighbors and I joke because we are all walking like 2-3 times a day, just because what else can we do!
Even if it is cold where you live, or if it is raining, don’t be a chicken put on a coat and get outside, even if it isn’t the best weather, getting outside at least for a little bit will make the biggest impact on your mindset and attitude. You will feel so much better and less anxious, make sure you spend time outside everyday!
If for some reason you really can’t go outside, please ignore me, this is just to motivate you if you “just don’t want to”!
Making sure you are getting outside is going to be essential while you are in quarantine.
It is time to truly focus on yourself!
Personally, I love to take the afternoon, and really focus on whatever self projects I am currently working on. Unless I have a super heavy work day then it isn’t really possible.
If you are the same, and you use the afternoon for hobbies, self care, family time, and other projects, let me know what they are in the comments, it is important to share and inspire others during this time!
I think the best way to spend this time is for personal growth, even though I might be a little partial to the subject (I am a mindset and personal growth coach if you didn’t know).
You might have more time on your hands than you know what to do with, use this time and better yourself, come out of this crisis better than you were before!
It is more important than ever that something good comes out of all the horribleness.
If you want to know more about how you can come out on top, email me at email@example.com, and we will set up a totally free discovery call, I will help you solve that problem that is holding you back from reaching your goals! Or you can click here and schedule it now!
This is not a sales call, I truly want to help you find the motivation to make positive changes to your life! I don’t bite, I promise, email me I would love to meet you!
Self care is extremely important all the time!
However, it could possibly be argued that self care is even more important now! With everything that is going on it is even more important to take care of your body, mind, and soul!
I’m not going to drag this section out too long, I am just going to list some of my favorite self care activities for each, pick and choose what you like from each list, but I highly recommend you try extra hard these next couple of months to show yourself some extra love!
- Journal (you had to know this was going to be on my list)
- Read a good fiction book
- Daily Devotions
- Yoga (try yoga with adriene)
- Go for a walk
- Learn something new (it’s the perfect time to level up your life)
Related Post: 25 ways to nourish you body, mind, and soul
My Daily Schedule
Now I in no way expect you to copy my daily routine, however, I thought it would be helpful to look at an overview of someone else’s daily schedule, and get an idea and some inspiration for yours!
6:30am – wake up, morning stretch, cup of coffee or 3, morning devotions, journal routine
8:00am – to do list, emails, DM’s, writing session
10:00am – big task (whatever that happens to be)
12:00pm – 30 min first meal break, continue with big task or move on to next
2:00pm – continue work, @2:30 first walk (normally 30 min walk)
4:00pm – second meal break (30 min), continue with work
6:00pm – second walk (about an hour long with husband), continue with work, dinner break @7:30
8:00pm – finish up work, make popcorn (yes I do this almost everyday, one of my not so healthy habits, but I believe it is good for my soul because I always look forward to it), watch a show or a movie with my family (aka. my husband and dog)
10:00pm – get ready for bed, read for 15 min to 45 min (depends on how much I am loving my book), go to bed
A Couple Notes:
- Your schedule is 100% personal to you, please do not try and copy mine, because it isn’t going to fit your lifestyle
- I do work quite a bit, so i don’t always have time to fit in everything I would like to in a day, this is more of what a perfect day would look like for eme, sometimes I do end up working until midnight (that doesn’t mean I don’t make popcorn)
- I time block my days which is something I am going to talk about in the next section, so my days are a bit more structured than the schedule above, I just didn’t want to write out my schedule in 15 minute increments, that seemed like a lot.
Related Post: How Set Intentional Routine In Your Life
My New Thing I Have Been Trying
The key to a productive and proactive life is TIME BLOCKING!
I am not kidding!
So first I guess we should quickly cover time blocking!
To paraphrase; time blocking is when you block out each minute of your day to a specific task, to make sure you are staying on track to accomplish your goals and DREAMS!
And at this moment your goal is to not go insane! I’m kidding, sort of.
If you want more information on time blocking read the blog post I linked above! It covers everything!
So, I have been time blocking my days for about 3 months now, so I feel qualified enough to share my tips and tricks when it comes to time blocking! Scheduling your day like this is really going to help you stay productive and on task not only during the quarantine but in your regular day to day life!
My Best Time Blocking Tips
- First & last section of everyday should always be the same (as often as possible, I know sometimes you just have to work at midnight)
- Schedule your breaks, all of your breaks not just lunch
- Don’t lose it if something takes longer than expected, just adjust your schedule, everything will be ok
- Give each task a little extra breathing room just in case
- Use Google Calendar – my Google Calendar has my entire life on it, without it I would be lost. The reason I recommend google calendar is mostly because it is all I have ever used. However google calendar is so easy to use, you can have it synced between all of your devices (which is super helpful), and then you have everything in one spot instead of using a bunch of different organization apps and programs. It’s one simple system that is easy to use, how can you go wrong!
A Little PSA On How Not To Schedule Your Day
Now, I know I said earlier that you can adjust your schedule to adjust your own timetable ad preferences, and this is totally true.
But, I want to give you some advice.
Don’t go to bed at 4am and wake up at Noon and expect to have a great productive day, this isn’t affecting your body I don’t think because you are getting a normal amount of sleep, but it is 100% going to affect your mindset and not in a positive way.
Whether you are productive or not, waking up at noon is going to make you feel lazy, and like you don’t have your shit together.
I recommend waking up anywhere from 5am to 10am at the latest.
Having a solid morning routine, and starting your day in the morning on a positive note has the biggest impact on how the rest of your day is going to go, and rolling out of bed at Noon isn’t gonna set you up for a great day.
Now, you can do whatever you want. I am just here to try and help, and give you suggestions based on my knowledge and experience!
Having consistency in your life and keeping busy is so important. Make sure you use this time to better yourself and come out on top of the situation. Make yourself the good thing that comes out of all of this!
What is your favorite part of your daily routine?
Let me know n the comments, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also if you are interested in a free call to help you get through your biggest road block during this quarantine let me know, we will setup a time!