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Creating a positive routine and planning your days during lockdown

By 26th April 2020January 12th, 20212 Comments

Life is quite different at the moment. Perhaps you’re a student now having to get to grips with home-learning and online classes. Or an employee who’s been furloughed, trying to find things to occupy your time. Maybe you’re a key worker wanting to relax after an exhausting day. Or like me perhaps you’re working from home, trying to not to spend too long at a screen and fit in some exercise and fresh air each day. Whatever our situation is, we can all benefit from a routine or daily plan. Planning out our schoolwork, work or daily tasks as well as planning time for doing things we enjoy, relaxation, looking after our own wellbeing, and connecting with friends and family, helps to bring a sense of normality, relieve stress and reduce boredom, among other things.

Benefits of creating a daily routine or plan:

  • It gives us a sense of security and normality during these different times
  • It helps calm anxiety by giving order and certainty
  • It’s meaningful – it gives you motivation, purpose and fulfilment; you have things you would like to do, things to work towards, and things to look forward to
  • With planning, you can do more of the things you would like to and achieve more of the things you want to
  • It will feel good to do and accomplish the things you want to and having a plan for your day will help!
  • It can help us give time to our loved ones
  • You reduce boredom by having specific tasks to complete

So, how can you go about planning your days?

‘Every day is new beginning, stay away from what might have been and look at what can be.’ This is a quote to remember! When starting your day, think positively; it will go a long way!

Try writing down what you would like to and need to do each day. Each morning you could spend a bit of time planning for the day or spend some time in the evening planning for the next day. Also, when things come to you to do, write them down so you remember to do them!

It’s ok not to do everything on your to-do list; how much you do or don’t get done in a day doesn’t define you. However, it will help and feel good to set yourself a few realistic goals, things you need to or would like to do, that you will definitely try to do and will feel good having done. Our brains can get a bit overwhelmed by a long list, so consider what’s most important to focus on and just focus on those things.

12 things to remember and include each day, several of which overlap:

(If you’re struggling, just do what you can, that’s ok. Maybe there’s something here though which you need!)

Planning your day routine doesn’t have to mean creating a fully-fledged detailed schedule, but planning your time can help you ensure you do those things you want to do, work, rest and play, and don’t just let the hours go by.

Top tips for creating your routine:

  • Write down the activities/tasks you have or want to do.
  • Decide when you are going to do what, allowing time for each activity – of course, other things can crop up or things can take longer, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t do all you wanted to.
  • If you have a deadline or something you want to do by a certain time, work backwards and plan your time that way -what do you need to do before then and at what times
  • Break down activities into manageable chunks
  • Have breaks from your work!
  • Try rewarding yourself after completing large or hard tasks
  • Plan a fun activity to look forward to once you’ve completed your schoolwork/work
  • Look at what others are doing – you might be able to get some inspiration from your peers but remember there’s no need to compare yourself with them.
  • Try and incorporate the 5 ways to wellbeing into each day as these make us and others feel good.

– Blog written by Heidi

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