If you’re anything like me, your life is used to being surrounded by routines and schedules. You may be a busy university student, like myself, maybe you run a solo business, or perhaps you just have lots to do each day. For us who are spending our days at home during the pandemic without a 9-5 job, or a family to care of yet, it may seem as if we have plenty of hours spare in a day, but we’re not getting much done. I’m one of those people.
My university course has only 4 contact hours a week, everything else consists of independent studies or pre-recorded lectures. This sounds like a dream to absolutely anyone I tell because all of the free time I have around that. The fact is, after spending x amounts of years in compulsory education, with a monotonous, rigid structure to my life, suddenly having all of this free time has left me unsure how I should spend it.
I’ve adapted a hack that any student (or people with this sort of lifestyle) can apply to their lives for them to get way more out of the day, week, month and year. But it starts with surrender the minute by minute schedules. Maybe these work for you. If they do, you can ignore this. But this is for those who are perhaps looking for an alternate method to plan out their day. It’s very simple.
List the things that you know you have to dedicate time to everyday – I prefer to write them but you can mentally list them if you can. That can be anything, from studying to self-care to developing your online business to exercise. List the things, all of them. Then, instead of committing to doing things in a certain order every single day, SWITCH IT UP. And choose each day (as you go along) what you want to do first, second, third and so on.
Some days you wake up and the last thing you want to do is a HIIT workout but because it’s first on your schedule, you end up beating yourself up if you don’t get it done one day. I may be stating the obvious here, and this may be the most basic way to plan out your day, but as a person who stresses about sticking to schedules and then gets bored when I have one, this method works perfectly for me. And maybe it will for you.