“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle”

 

By now, you’re feeling the full effects of lockdown and our new normal may have some of us pretty flustered. Therefore, in these trying times, it’s important to bring in a sense of purpose and sanity by creating a daily routine for yourself and your family.

 

Restore balance with these 6 steps:

 

  1. TIME MANAGED SCHEDULE
  • Stick to fixed sleeping and mealtimes
  • Get up from your desk so that you don’t sit hours on end behind the screen
  • Maintain a work-life balance

 

  1. EXERCISE 

You might have more time to exercise now. Exercise is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a positive mind. Exercise helps reduce stress and you can also reduce stress further by practising meditation.

 

  1. GET DRESSED FOR SUCCESS 

Take a shower, shave or put on makeup, get dressed and feel like you’re going somewhere.

 

  1. SET YOUR TIMES
  • Stick to your work-from-home hours similar to those of your office hours – this will help keep you disciplined.
  • Work is work, home chores are home chores and shouldn’t interfere with business hours.
  • If there are two of you and you have children, work out a shared schedule and plan meetings where the other one is free to assist should the children need to be occupied.
  • Share the responsibilities to complete the daily tasks and chores around the house.

 

  1. SET TIMES AND TASKS FOR YOUR CHILDREN

With the schools being closed, no extracurricular activities and children being separated from their friends – they are completely housebound and frustrated.

 

To help everyone stay sane:

  • It’s important to remain calm with them and engage with them in a positive manner. Screaming and shouting is not going to improve the situation.
  • Implement a routine similar to that of their school routine with classroom time, study time, limited screen time, and time play breaks.
  • Teach them a new skill and very important – get them to assist with the chores around the house

 

  1. FAMILY TIME

This is the best time to slow down from the fast-paced humdrum of everyday life and spend quality time with your children and other members of your family.

 

For those family members who aren’t directly accessible, give them a video call.

 

Once we have our lives set and a routine put in place, this helps reduce a lot of unnecessary anxiety.

 

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Credits

How to create a daily schedule during the COVID-19 lockdown. By Pooja Khanna Tyagi

 

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