So, perhaps this is just replaying an old record, but I’m, once again, trying my hand at finding a routine that fits the hectic, over-busy yet wouldn’t-have-it-any-other-way lifestyle that I live.
Thanks to learning about some diagnoses that I hope to share online in this space in the near future, I’ve come to realize just how important having a routine is for me and my mental health–not to mention how helpful it is on balancing everything I’ve loaded my plate with! Yet, the pandemic threw all of that out the window and I’m just now, even a year on, feel ready to tackle the challenge of getting back to the swing of things–even if I’ll have to change it up again here in a few months, once in-person work becomes the norm, again.
As I do, I decided to write a blog post about this, not only to try and have some accountability, but also in hopes that, if anyone else has great tips from routines they use, you might be willing to depart some of that wisdom upon me (in particular with any hair and skincare routines, since I’m woefully lacking in both of those departments)? 🥺
Finding A Routine: Mornings
I am the first to admit that I have never been a morning person, always hitting snooze until the last possible moment and dreading the early rise. Yet, the idea of utilizing my mornings to include things that are currently missing in my day–most namely, some movement, some more reading and less rushing around–has always been super, super appealing to me. So, I’m going to give it another shot and see if I can start my mornings off a little better.
- 6:30am: Wake up
- Brush teeth
- Wash face (find better skincare routine?)
- 6:45am: Movement
- Elliptical if weather’s bad or not feeling it
- Walk with Dovah if nice weather or want to go for a longer walk
- Goal: 10 minute minimum
- 7:15am: Shower and get ready
- Find better hair care routine?
- 7:40: Breakfast
- Read and eat!
- 8:00am: Start the work day
Finding A Routine: Evenings
In the evenings, it’s usually very dependent on how draining my day job just happened to be that day. I’d like to do a better job of utilizing a few hours to get client work and my own writing done, while also making sure to game and relax and spend time with my partner, instead of always working on everything I’m trying to fit in. But, I’d also really like to try and do a better job getting to sleep at a decent hour and stop scrolling through social media so much before bed!
- 5:00pm: Log off of work
- Work on client work (if any) 30~ minutes
- Write/edit 30~ minutes
- 6:30pm: Eat dinner
- 7:30pm: Relax with partner
- 9:30pm: Get ready for bed
- Wash face
- Brush teeth
- Skincare routine?
- 10:00pm: Read 30~ minutes
I’m feeling pretty jazzed about these new routines!! I want to support my mental health better and I have a feeling of building in time to take better care of myself in the morning after waking up and before going to bed is going to feel really good. In theory, I’ll still get 7.5-8 hours of sleep, which is always my goal amount and I’ll get more movement and reading in; two areas I’ve been lacking, yet I want to increase!
While this excites me, it also makes me nervous, because I have a lot of black and white thinking, so, the first day that I attempt this and fail, my brain will want to immediately associate that failure speaks for my worth as a human and then tell me this entire routine is worthless and ruined, instead of just…trying again tomorrow? *facepalm* I hope to remember to be kind to myself and take this day by day.
What about you? Do you have any routines you use? How do you like to start and ends your days? Any tricks or wisdom you can share? Let me know in the comments!
Paul's Picks says
I’m starting to get back into my positive routines now that I’m back teaching in the classroom. I wasn’t getting that 1/2 at my desk every morning and that threw everything off. That’s when I would get the most work done. During the pandemic/ working from home, I’d try to find 10 min here and 10 min there.
Yeah, I am definitely doing more of a steal minutes where I can type of thing, so I feel you there!
Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies says
Fitting in exercise each morning sounds so positive! I’m not there, but I’m trying to fit in a walk each day while working from home. It doesn’t always happen, but i’m always in better spirits if it does! My main routine in the mornings is to get up and have coffee, spend about an hour on personal emails, blogging, visiting other blogs, etc before having breakfast, getting dressed, and turning to my work computer and starting my work day. I find it helps me to enjoy getting to spend time on my personal online life before diving into work.
Right? I haven’t succeed yet this week (😅) but I do hope to get that down at some point, because I think it’d just be a positive start to the day! And I like that routine, that sounds amazing!
I have nothing but admiration for anyone who can exercise that early in the morning, my body is too creaky until at least 11am! I find bullet journaling really helps (and appeals to the list orientated segment of my brain), but the monthly trackers I mock up are particularly useful when trying to find away to pack in even more strands into an already packed day and still enjoy yourself. As you say, you’re not going to get it all right away but if you can track your progress with doing each aspect of your routine over the month it helps to see how far you’ve come and where things might need adjusting. Best of luck!
Yeah, I haven’t succeeded yet in doing this, but I don’t want to give up on the idea quite yet! And I like the idea of tracking progress and celebrating even the smaller victories as you build up habits and use that as a way to see where you need to adjust. Thanks for the idea and luck!
I also need to figure out a proper skin care and hair care routine. A while ago I used the Fabulous app to get my morning routine in order and so far I’m sticking with drinking water and eating something healthy. It’s quick and it really makes me feel better. I have the same issue as you when starting new habits – one failed day and I feel like there’s no point anymore. But then there are amazing days when I do everything and feel like the strongest version of myself. Good luck, I hope it all works out for you 🙂
Yeah, it’s something I’ve never really been interested in before, but suddenly find myself wanting to take better care of both, so I hope to find some good ones! Oooh, that’s awesome! I’m still trying to build something like this in, so we’ll see! I hope your own routines and habits are going well and you’re always remembering to be kind to yourself! <3