I say this all of the time but I THRIVE with a schedule and routine. Now more than ever, it has been so critical to my mental health that I stick to a pretty strict schedule during the week to stay motivated and honestly, mentally stable. Luckily, I have been quarantining with my mother and her and I have extremely similar habits in terms of our work week so it’s been great to keep each other on track! If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend trying to create a schedule for yourself and stick to it as much as possible to keep your weekdays as normal as possible during this really nuts time. With that, here is my sched!
7:45am – Wake Up and DO NOT look at my phone. On the days I look at my phone while I am still in bed, an hour ends up going by and I immediately start to feel anxious as I mindlessly scroll through IG Stories.
8:00am – Head out of the house for a nice long walk. I have been simulating my morning commute every morning so I don’t just roll out of bed and immediately begin working. I go for either a 45 minute walk or bike ride and listen to my favorite podcasts so I can mentally prepare for the day.
8:45am – Make breakfast and drink a cup of hot lemon water. Now that I have the time in the morning, I LOVE to make a big breakfast. I have been making a veggie + turkey scramble and even perfecting my omelette making skills which is shocking to those who know my inadequate cooking skills.
9am – Start work for my full-time job. I generally go through my slack first to see if anything urgent is needed and then begin to organize my email inbox. As I go through priorities through the day, I write down my to-do list. As a team, we share our to-dos lists every morning so the entire team knows what everyone is working on for the day and it is extremely helpful. I generally have about 4-5 conference calls throughout the day and my to-do list helps me arrange when I can get work done in-between meetings.
2pm – In the afternoon, I like to take about a 20-30 minute break (depending on workload) and either go for a walk or do a quick yoga and breathing session. During normal circumstances, I don’t usually take a lunch break but have found that (because I don’t have social interaction during the day) it’s been necessary for me to just get up from my computer and give my brain a break.
4:30 – Standing Daily Team Check-In. I check-in with my team to talk priorities for the next day and discuss any deadlines that may need my immediate attention. It’s also nice to have some face-to-face interaction (Zoom) and make sure each other are OK!
6pm – Generally wrap up work around this time. I try to keep my hours consistent but depending on work and client needs I check my email throughout the evening in the case anything pops up!
6pm – Workout. I have been loving my Alo Moves classes and have been doing a variety of yoga, pilates, barre and strength training. I honestly look forward to it all day and my mom has been joining me! I turn one of the rooms in the house into our “yoga studio” and light candles, play calming music and set it up so it really feels like a workout studio.
7:00pm – Watch the news and eat dinner. I have been trying to eat pretty healthy during the weekday because who knows what I end up consuming during the weekend. I generally eat grilled chicken and a large salad – it’s boring but gets the job done. I watch 30 mins of the news everyday so I am informed but have been limiting myself so I don’t start to spiral.
7:30pm – 10pm – Netflix and Instagram time! We have been watching All American and are OBSESSED with it. We allow ourselves 2 episodes/night and honestly it has been so so fun to watch. I also use this time to edit photos, IGTVs, respond to DMs, emails and community engagement.
10:15pm – Skincare and bedtime! I like to be in bed around this time every night, as you probably know, I literally HAVE to listen to The Office in order to get to sleep. It is my melatonin. I turn on any episode on my phone, place it upside down and in 10 minutes I am out. It works like a charm.
So there you have it. My daily weekday schedule during quarantine. Nothing fancy or extra, just trying to stay on a routine because I know that’s how I work best. The weekend is when I take most of my pictures, create content and do fun projects around the house so I can have something to look forward to and it’s been working out nicely! Of course, my day can get derailed and it’s nearly impossible to stick to this daily but it’s been a great framework so I know what I am supposed to be doing and when so I don’t ever feel “lost” in my day.