Chaos can be calmed
The world outside your home may appear to be in chaos, but you can capture your calm back. It’s as simple as starting and establishing a new type of routine. You’re not heading out to the office (unless you’re an essential worker - thank you for your service!), and your children aren’t attending school. It feels a little too easy to slip into a routine where the alarm clock is ignored, and bedtime is a moveable feast. Our first tip for dividing your day during life under lockdown is this: establish a new routine. By dividing up your day, you can be sure to:
- Get everything done: The workload of housework and chores is now squarely on your shoulders. It’s not, however, how life is during the holidays, because you may also need to be working remotely, and your children need to be attending online school lessons.
- Stay focused: Mentally adapting to life under lockdown is not easy. Be kind to yourself, and your family. Adopting and adapting to an established routine will help you stay focused and clear-minded.
- Keep the pressure off: If you are working remotely, the demands of your career are still very present. That said, you now need to achieve all the things you used to in the office, while managing your family life, housework, childcare, and more. Establishing a solid routine will help you better manage your stress levels.
Divide your day
To stay on top of your to-do lists, you need to first establish what’s listed on each of them. Set aside an hour to jot down everything you need to get done with: work, childcare, housework, your children’s education, and other essential sectors of your life. Once you have your lists, you can start assigning different parts of your day and week to the required activities. We’ve listed some of our favourite ways to divide your day while living the lockdown life.
When you write down all the household chores, don’t forget to divide the tasks between your family members. Turn as many of these activities into opportunities to spend time together. Preparing meals can easily become a family affair. Folding laundry together gives you an opportunity to chat as a couple.
Yes, we may have lots of different things to do while living the lockdown life, but making time for entertainment is important too. Set your schedule so that you can enjoy an hour or two of your favourite television shows. Start building a puzzle, or haul out your old hobbies.
Make weekends matter
The monotony of life under lockdown can make it seem that the days don’t matter. But, it’s up to you to take control. Make sure you set aside your weekends to enjoy some downtime, catch up with friends over a video call, or cook something special for a weekend feast. Making your weekends matter helps you to stick to your weekday routine.