“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:
- 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
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.
- GET DRESSED FOR SUCCESS
Take a shower, shave or put on makeup, get dressed and feel like you’re going somewhere.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
How to create a daily schedule during the COVID-19 lockdown. By Pooja Khanna Tyagi