I planned out all of my blog posts for the whole year at the beginning of January, and today was supposed to be a post about studying for finals. However, because of the current situation, most finals are being taken online, being modified, etc. so I felt like that post was not as necessary.
Instead, I thought I would share what a productive weekday looks like for me while self-isolating. I haven’t really discussed the COVID-19 crisis on here much because I did talk about it on Instagram and Twitter, but I do want to say this: I hope you are all doing okay, and I hope you are as healthy and safe as possible.
This time is difficult for all of us, so all of my days definitely do not look like the one I am going to show you- but that’s ok!! Don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t working out, accomplishing a million things a day, or are sleeping in late. That is normal, that is important. Also, remember to practice self-care!!
Anyways, let’s just take a glimpse at my life (while still at school) during the quarantine.
In order to have some schedule in my life, I’ve been setting my alarm for 7:30 every morning. If I’m being honest, most days I hit snooze a couple of times, but on average I’ll wake up around 8.
One thing I started doing in March is reading in the mornings, so I try to read for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how I’m feeling. The remaining time is spent scrolling through my phone (which is a bad habit I’m trying to quit).
At 9, I finally get out of bed and get dressed. I also make my bed, brush my hair, brush my teeth, etc.
Then, once I am all ready, I workout for an hour to an hour and a half. I like getting my workouts done before I eat because I feel better that way, and getting my workout done in the morning is nice because I don’t have to worry about it anymore.
Plus, it’s a great way to get one thing checked off of my to-do list and get my body moving. I’ve been alternating between doing HIIT workouts, strength training, yoga, and recently some online kickboxing videos! Plus, I try to go for a run or hike a couple of times a week!
When I’m done, I move onto my skincare routine (or shower if I didn’t the night before), and I usually change my t-shirt so that I’m not wearing my sweaty one.
It’s finally breakfast time! I have been loving oatmeal for breakfast lately (as seen on my Instagram stories), but I also love a good waffle, banana pancake, or some eggs! Breakfast is super important for me because it’s what needs to fuel me for at least the next 4 hours.
If you follow me on Instagram, I typically post my breakfast at least a few times a week. Definitely check me out on there if you are interested!
Now, it’s time to get some actual work done! Roughly around 11:30, after eating my breakfast, I finally start working on my to-do list for the day. As I’m still in school, this usually consists of writing papers, doing some assignments for classes, taking notes, or attending Zoom meetings.
I actually have a decent amount of work to do for school- possibly even more than I did when I was actually on campus. So, I spend a few hours each day doing that work.
At two, I give myself a break to eat some lunch, check my phone, watch some youtube videos, go outside, or whatever I want! I think breaks are necessary during the day, or else you’ll lose focus or get tired, so this is another important part of my day.
From 3 to 4, I give myself another hour to do work because I’m usually not done by 2. This last hour is usually just me going over what work I have left to do for the week, making a new to-do list for the next day, and editing any assignments/essays I did earlier in the day.
By four, I try to finish all of my work for the day. Sometimes, yes, I am doing work past this time, but I’ve been trying to do this less and less frequently so that I have some me-time every day.
So, from 4-6, I allow myself to do anything I want. I usually hang out with my sister for a bit, go on my laptop, work on blog posts, scroll through Instagram.
This part is obviously what differs the most each day. Sometimes I go for a hike, sometimes I bake something, or I’ll paint for a little bit.
Really, it’s the time of day where I am free to do anything!
6 is usually when I’ll eat dinner, and I’ll also play Uno or a board game with my family. We also watch movies some nights, or I’ll watch a movie on my own after dinner!
Now is the time where I wind down. I typically shower, brush my teeth, change into pjs, and I’ll often pick up a book for a little bit. I also try to meditate at least a few times a week, so this is when I’ll do that!
This is the time I am trying to go to bed by, but usually I spend a lot of time on my phone or laptop before actually falling asleep (another bad habit I’m trying to break).
And that’s the end of my day!
How does your routine look compared to mine? This is constantly changing and evolving as I find different things to do each day, but I think that having some routine and structure is really helpful for me, so I do follow this as closely as possible!
Thanks for reading and chat soon :)