I used to live by routine, the same thing every day, at the same time. I’d wake up at 6:30am, get ready by 7:00am, breakfast at 7:15am, leave for school at 7:45am. School would be until 3:00pm, then I would come home, homework until 4:30pm, dinner at 5:30pm, bed by 9:00pm.
As I got older losing a routine was great, I could do what I wanted whenever I wanted, wake up at midday, sure why not. Dinner at 11:00pm was when I had time. (This happened at university).
But now I struggle with no routine, I never know when I am having meals, what my plans for the day are. It is impossible to wake up to an alarm without snoozing it 100 times first. During this time of social distancing I have set myself the goal to start finding a routine again, to plan where possible my day. This has been harder than I thought it would be. I take my hat off to those people who can wake up everyday and just have a routine ready to go.
So what am I doing to try and start a routine? I am trying to start with an easy 5 steps:
1- Wake up at a good time, don’t then lay in bed for hours. Get up and ready for the day.
2- Try to plan meals. This one was important to me as meal times are harder when I have no idea what to make, it is in these times that dinner gets later and later while I stare into the cupboard hoping something will come out ready made for me.
3- Set 3 tasks/ goals for the day. These at the moment are more mundane tasks, e.g. wash up, put on the washing, clean… However, it has really helped me to not feel like I am getting up everyday and just sitting around waiting to go back to bed.
4- Make sure you plan something fun to do each day. This is important at the moment for everyone to make sure they have something fun or relaxing to do each day. It will help to keep us all sane!
5- Go to bed at a reasonable time, don’t be distracted by my phone once in bed. Turn it off and go to sleep.
These 5 steps have been key in helping me to form some sense of routine again in my life. It does make me feel like my days are more wisely used. I swear it makes the days go by faster too, but maybe that’s just me hoping. For lots of people finding a routine can be simple and much more comprehensive than my current routine. But everyone needs to start somewhere.
So if you also feel like you need to find some kind of routine in the height of everything that is happening in the world, set yourself a few easy steps to get started. As times goes on I will add more steps and my routine will for sure fill up a lot quicker, especially when the baby comes, but for now it fits for me.
I just wanted to come on here and share something a bit different to normal, but something that for some might be useful.
On Tuesday we get to see our little baby again, meaning if all is well I will be able to share with you all the gender of our first little baby! Speak to you soon.