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It’s OK to feel unmotivated through this crazy time and not consider making the most of these days when nothing is regular, and no rhythms are intact. The idea that you should achieve an ordinary sense of order in day-to-day life, work, or general wellbeing is unrealistic. Really if you don’t feel like you’re accomplishing all that you wanted during these days of self-quarantine, that’s OK, forgive yourself for feeling scattered, unfocused, and paralyzed. Don’t create more suffering by shaming yourself and speaking negatively about how you are handling these days. Processing grief takes time, and it often requires some physical space and distance, and for many of us, we’re stuck in the very place that is adding to our emotional discomfort and instability. Yes, it all will take time, but that doesn’t mean that you are falling short.
It’s a time to go slow.
We have developed this idea that every nanosecond of our lives must be commodified and pointed toward profit or self-improvement. As we know, this is not most important and pushing yourself to be productive every day during a global crisis is exhausting. Instead, this time will require us to focus on community, reflection, slowing down and changing our rhythms. We all have different ways of coping, for some people, it might be making a bookshelf or exercising, and for others binge-watching a few seasons or having a nap, and nothing’s wrong with that. Some days you may have a surge of creative inspiration to complete a project or cook a gourmet meal, but tomorrow you may feel; differently, there are going to be days when you’re less focused and more overwhelmed. And that’s OK; you don’t need to be operating on all forces all the time.
Create a healthy groove.
The foundations to keeping your day in check are creating a healthy environment for yourself, having a consistent routine, allowing time to recharge, and accepting that sometimes things are going to be chaotic. Be sure when creating your routine to incorporate more relaxation time and pleasured focused activities then you may have allowed before. Routine brings so many benefits, a more positive mental attitude, a more pro-active approach to life, higher productivity levels and a greater sense of control over your day and the demands of others on your time.
Break up your day.
It might mean starting your day with a simple to-do list, focus on getting those tasks done, and then permit yourself for a break. When we make clear goals of what we need to achieve each day, we’re able to stay focused and on track. Without having a schedule; you spend way too long on certain tasks and rush to complete others. Try to plan your day into 30-minute sessions, breaking down large daunting tasks into sections and assigning times to rest and reset. If you’re feeling stuck on a job then take some time to try something new, reducing the urge to ignore your plan and scroll on your phone. When you find what works for you and turn it into a process it will require zero thought and free your mind for more important things.
Routine adds good habits and rhythm to your life.
It’s true our bodies function better when eating, sleeping, and exercise patterns are on a regular schedule. As our brains have so much to process, they depend on habits to digest daily happenings. That is why structured routines can help you feel more satisfied and give you a sense of having taken responsibility, which may help you build confidence in your practice. Be sure to take note of how you feel when completing tasks, as it’s vital to feel free when accomplishing your routine that each task is your choice and not forced.
It’s your routine.
Remember your creating your routine is just that – it’s your own routine. From waking up in the morning and checking socials to going for an evening run, each choice needs to make you feel accomplished. So it’s critical not to task-switch as you’ll reduce your chance of getting into the flow and doing your deep thinking. Whatever choose you to do, make sure you take the time to nurture yourself whether it’s physically, mentally or on a career level.
Work pants are essential to professional practice.
On a career level, it can be to schedule something to dig deeper into your professional goals. Maybe read a book about something in your field of work, listen to a podcast on ways to grow professionally or check LinkedIn once a day and read an interesting article. When doing work-related tasks, it’s important to designate a time for a coffee or tea break, stepping away to disconnect and recharge fully. Also, putting on actual pants every day, as pants are essential to creating a professional mindset.
Most importantly, allow time for novelty daily, which means giving yourself time each day to enjoy spontaneity. Whatever it be, allow yourself some pleasurable, compassionate, loving moments to replenish your emotional inventory, so you are also equipped to help others. Most importantly be kind to yourself, as the idea that you should achieve strict order is unrealistic. If you deviate from the routine, don’t beat yourself up and allow yourself to just be.