As someone who has now had a job for a term, I can tell you how incredibly important it is to have a routine, or a schedule. My shift is never the same, and I work from anywhere from two to five mornings a week. My parents felt so sorry for me when I told them I was working five mornings again this week, but for me it’s a hundred times better. I like getting up at the same time every day, it makes me less tired. I like knowing exactly how much free time I have a week between work and school, and more time gives me a shorter to-do list by the end of the week. I get into a good routine, and I love that.
What I’m only just realising it how important it is to do this in other parts of my life. Sure, it’s good that I have the same sleep schedule every day. Why not the same blogging schedule? Or writing, or exercise, or all of those things I say I’m going to do and don’t get around to? When it comes to exam time, I always write myself a study timetable, so that I can take out the stress of planning what to do on the day. During study leave, this makes complete sense to me. Outside of study leave, though, I make it up as I go along. And what makes me more stressed, do you think?
I think it’s beyond time I start working out a more structured routine. It doesn’t have to be completely stuck to – if I have an awful, stressful day, I don’t want to come home to do more stressful things. It’d probably be really good for my mental health to have some sort of a plan, though. Nice stationary and organised calendars make me more happy than they should, and I would love to exploit some good planning diaries and to-do lists.
So, here’s where I come to you for help! To be a more structured person, what do you think I should do? Is it as simple as “on Wednesday we write, on Thursday we study,” or should it be more organised than that? If you’re a planner, what places do you get your planning things from? Let me know, so I can start being the organised person I need to be!