How to Create a Productive Daily Routine While in Quarantine

The world is a month deep into what some would call, our new way of life. This state of crisis is starting to cause havoc on our day to day lives. The time to make a change, get productive and solidify a routine is now. Let’s put your discipline to the test. This is the beginning of a new way of living, moving forward, and becoming successful! Whether you’re a creative, or continuing to work your day job, but in the comfort of your home, creating a healthy routine during this quarantine can improve your productivity completely.

Most consider a healthy routine to be consumed by a list of activities that one may complete in the morning or evening. Although this may be true, our circumstances require a little more work than that. We are creating a completely new way of life and it starts with making sure you possess the basic foundation of a healthy lifestyle. 

Creating a routine can be a little overwhelming at first. However, before diving deep into what you want your healthy routine to consist of, ask yourself, “Do I already practice healthy habits every day?” If your answer is “No”, then this is the perfect place to start! 

Morning

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Some basic healthy habits one should practice daily are: 
  1. Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning
  2. Cooking yourself a healthy breakfast each day
  3. Minimum 30 minutes of exercise or moving a day
  4. Maintain healthy eating habits
  5. An adequate sleep pattern to maintain health

If you are one to stay in your bed everyday and are finding out you’re not being as productive as you think you can be, try to commit to these five healthy habits for your everyday life. However, If you’re good on the basics but no longer feel as productive as you can be, no worries. There are a few things you can take into account when trying to gain more control over your day.

A routine should be something you want to do every day, not forced to do. When considering certain portions of your routine, keep in mind the things that keep you calm, motivated and positive, yet energetic for the day ahead. Lock in on this most when putting together the morning portion of your daily routine. Remember, how you start your day, is typically how you will finish it.

A few simple morning activities to add to your routine:
  1. Prayer & meditation
  2. Affirmations (writing or reciting)
  3. Yoga
  4. Journaling
  5. Reading a book
  6. Have a cup of tea or coffee
  7. Gardening/gardening upkeep
  8. Working out 

It’s important to remain disconnected from the world and completely present in the now. The mornings are ideal for reflection, alignment, and preparation, but in the most peaceful way. Refrain from using any and all electronics – unless it’s for music, of course. Oh, and by the way, the early bird gets the worm. 

Afternoon

Transitioning to the thick of your day, the afternoon. This is more than likely the bulk of your day where you have most of your zoom meetings or project deadlines. With minimal time for yourself, make sure you set hard boundaries for yourself and your work. Being at home while working can blur the lines for some. The balance of having to work in the same place you used to come to decompress from work is hard to separate. With that being said, if you don’t want to start answering emails or complete weekly reports until 9 a.m. as any other day, then don’t. 

Powering through the day in the comfort of your home can feel much different than powering through in the office. So, don’t forget to carve out time for a lunch break, and actually take it seriously. I know, I know, it sounds asinine, but count the number of times you’ve looked at the clock and it was already 4pm and you hadn’t eaten since breakfast. 

Some simple ideas for quick, healthy lunch options:
  1. Your favorite salad paired with an apple (eat with peanut butter for protein)
  2. Vegan spaghetti with pasta sauce
  3. Jasmine rice and green beans
  4. Lemon pepper chicken breasts with broccoli 
  5. Spinach, kale, flaxseed, banana, strawberry, blueberry, almond milk smoothie

One tip that might spark your belief that a completely planned out day can, in fact, make you more productive, is physically writing it down. Plan out one entire week, and write down everything you want and need to get accomplished. If something needs to happen on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, then create three note cards with that exact action. 

Laying out your week in front of you to see can help curve your perspective completely. Get as technical as writing out hour by hour. You quickly realize that everything you’ve written is most certainly doable.  Another tip is maintaining a clean space to keep the mind clear. Set certain days of the week to clean your house.

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Evening and Night

As we approach the ending of our day, things are starting to settle down. It doesn’t stop here. No night routine goes unnoticed, therefore your evening needs to be just as impactful, if not more. Test out the theory of dinner around the same time every day. The health issues tied to eating too late in the evening is neverending, so cook yourself a healthy, balanced supper and enjoy it at the kitchen table.

Are you working in a career that is pretty much constant? No worries, you can still have dinner too, I promise. Scheduling dinner is just as important to remain balanced. The typical person would use the rest of their night to catch up on shows and connect with loved ones. However, some 5-to-9 workers more than likely have a few more things to cross off their todo list. The most important thing is again, set those boundaries. Cut yourself off, place your phone on do not disturb, and disconnect until the morning. Utilize your evening to come back into yourself. Curate a relaxing and unwinding evening routine that exudes positivity, calmness, and accomplishment because you’ve made it to the end of another day. 

Evening routine options:
  1. Do your skincare routine
  2. Read a book
  3. Write out your todo list for the coming day
  4. Catch up on your favorite show
  5. Journaling

A productive routine while in quarantine is more than just the basics. Maximize your day by moving with intention. Know what you can or should be doing for every hour of the day by writing it out big for you to visualize. Practice separating home and work even if they happen to be taking place under the same roof. Most importantly, remember yourself. A productive routine can’t happen if the vessel is not in the right state of mind. Test your discipline and then reflect on all you managed to accomplish in a week just by scheduling out your life!