How to Organize Your Days During Quarantine
And we’re still here…
It’s bound to happen to all of us… We’re feeling the effects of quarantine as each day seems heavier and more tedious. We experience a wide variety of sensations as the hours go by. At times, we’re bored and overwhelmed without really understanding why.
And, at the same time, there are times in the day where we feel more energetic and optimistic. It’s during those times that we search for things to do and enjoy the company of our family.
To help avoid these emotional ups and downs, as well as anxiety, it’s important to organize your days. That way, each morning, when you get up, you’ll know what’s going to happen throughout the day. And by doing so, we can manage to make the days we spend in confinement more bearable and even more productive.
Organization is key
To take on the coronavirus “bug”, we need to respect health recommendations in order to protect ourselves and others. While we’re at home, we can read and learn something new every day. At the same time, we need to exercise our attention, memory, and ability to concentrate.
What’s more, we need to eat well and do some sort of physical activity. This helps us stay strong, release endorphins, and stay motivated and optimistic. And there’s no better way to do all this than to organize your days during quarantine and establish a routine for the rest of this period.
Organization means preparing something while thinking carefully about the details that are necessary for carrying it out. And this is just what we need to do. We should organize and plan each day of quarantine in order to maintain a calm and positive attitude. This is possible if we set goals, tasks, and activities that we want to try to complete.
Tips for organizing your days during quarantine
Anticipation is fundamental. Therefore, using your evenings to decide what you’re going to eat the next day is one way to help you stay organized. That way, when the time comes, you’ll be less prone to reach for whatever’s fastest – and probably not very healthy. What’s more, planning your menus gives us a more positive attitude towards cooking as a task we should respect and fulfill.
What’s more, it’s an even better idea to plan what meals you’re going to eat for an entire week. Then, make a shopping list and get everything you need in order to eliminate the need for extra trips to the store. This is also a great way to take advantage of the food you have and avoid throwing things away.
Set goals and objectives as another way to organize your days during quarantine
Another important aspect to consider during each day of confinement is setting goals and objectives. That way, each day you’ll feel like you have certain obligations to fulfill and this will keep you centered.
In this sense, one method or objective is to set up a home office, for those of us who must work from home. Other tasks can include doing household tasks like going through clothes and books.
You can also organize old photographs you have in your home, or organize those you have on your phone or computer. Doing some sort of physical exercise or catching up on the latest episodes of your favorite series are also options.
You can even plan some sort of learning activity, such as practicing a foreign language, taking an online course, or teleconferences on subjects that we enjoy or are interested in.
Stick to your schedules
We’ve already talked about setting objectives and goals as a way to organize your days during quarantine. Now, our next point builds on the same idea. Once you’ve decided what you want to do each day, you should establish how much time you want those activities to take up.
By establishing a schedule and time limits, your activities won’t interfere with one another. At the same time, they won’t get in the way of basic needs, like eating and resting.
Sticking to schedules and maintaining a similar routine each day is very beneficial while we’re on lockdown. This will help you stay focused and get through the day in a relatively planned out way. This will keep you from feeling that your days are too long – or too short. Both perspectives can leave you with the sensation that you’re not being productive.
One final tip to help you organize your days during quarantine: Relaxation and reflection
Lastly, you shouldn’t forget to include time for reflection and relaxation as you plan and organize your days. These are not two random or separate actions. Rather, they go very much hand in hand.
It’s quite understandable to feel very anxious about the times we’re experiencing. But we need to remember that there’s no one to blame for what’s happening to us. Therefore, you need to relax and really think about the situation before giving your opinion or talking about the issue. And remember to always try to express yourself with optimism and empathy, especially around your children.
It’s also important to set aside a moment in your day where you can relax, work on your breathing, and even meditate. Then, allow yourself to reflect peacefully on all that coronavirus is teaching us about being better people and a better society .
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