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Create an Effective Coronavirus Routine

Posted by Gerald Lombardo on Thursday, April 9th, 2020 at 10:40am.

When things are normal, an effective schedule is a great way to keep yourself productive, and mentally healthy. When things, like now, are abnormal having a schedule isn’t just helpful, it is essential. It will mean the difference between feeling like you have no grounding and sense of direction, leading you to waste huge amounts of time each day, and developing a sense of clarity, purpose, and productivity.

Almost all of the normal structures that drove your time—train schedule, school schedule, activities schedule—have disappeared. Now you need to construct your own structure to stay on track.

Here are some building blocks that can help you realign your time and make sure your time in social isolation doesn’t go to waste.

Sleep

Given the huge increase in news, which can have a direct impact on your life, and the disappearance of the normal commute and work/school schedule, there is a high risk of your sleep schedule derailing. You may find yourself staying up later than usual while engrossed in the most recent latest headlines. This scenario does not need to become your reality.

To figure out the proper sleep schedule for you, follow these steps. First, determine when you will need to get up to begin work, considering your now reduced number of morning commitments. From there, work backward. For example, if you normally aim for seven hours of sleep and need to wake up by 6 a.m., plan to get to bed by 11 p.m. at the latest.

Moreover, give yourself one hour before bedtime to wind down and prepare to sleep, meaning you’re off your phone, computer, TV or other screens by 10 p.m. If needed, set a recurring alarm on your phone to begin priming your mind for sleep.

Work

Keeping your work schedule is highly recommended. This does not mean you have to lock yourself in your room from 9 to 5, but you should set at least several hours aside each day for when you are doing your work. Many people have temporarily reduced workloads due to the Coronavirus, if this includes you make sure you still keep up with your work. Another thing to consider is separating your workspace from your bedroom. If you have a spare room or some other place in your house where you can set up shop during “work hours” that is a great way to more effectively use your time.

Childcare

To figure out the proper sleep schedule for you, follow these steps. First, determine when you will need to get up to begin work, taking into account your now reduced number of morning commitments. From there, work backward. For example, if you normally aim for seven hours of sleep and need to wake up by 6 a.m., plan to get to bed by 11 p.m. at the latest.

Moreover, give yourself one hour before bedtime to wind down and prepare to sleep, meaning you’re off your phone, computer, TV or other screens by 10 p.m. If needed, set a recurring alarm on your phone to begin priming your mind for sleep.

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