Quarantine Routine

Annie Snyder '21, Co-Assistant Editor

As it did for most people, quarantine felt surreal at first. I wasn’t exactly sure how school would work, and I definitely did not think that we would possibly not return to school for weeks upon weeks.  At first I saw my quarantine as a time to sleep in and talk to friends, but I soon realized that wouldn’t be possible. Following the advice of Dorrie and Ms. Christ, I started a schedule. I had never been a schedule person or even a planner before quarantine.  I simply used stickies on my computer desktop for upcoming homework. However, with the abundance of free time and lack of extracurricular activities, I found it hard to focus and motivate myself to complete my work without a routine. Unfortunately, it’s a little tough to make a completely consistent routine because A and B days have very different schedules.  However, I have tried to balance it as much as possible by trying to get up and go to sleep at a similar time every night. Here’s my schedule for A days, in case it could give you some inspiration:

 

A Day

8:00 – wake up

8:20-9:00 – pray rosary, daily devotional

9:00-9:30 – any homework, clean room

9:30-10:10 – Calculus class

10:10-11:30 – eat breakfast/lunch

11:30-12:26 – work on homework/prepare for later classes

12:26-1:05 – Lang class

1:05-1:56 – eat snack, talk to friends, watch TV

1:56-2:33 – Religion class

2:33-3:30 – homework due the next day

3:30-4:00 – walk around neighborhood

4:00-6:00 – continue with any studying or long term projects

6:00-8:00 – make/eat dinner, bake, watch TV with family

8:00-9:00 – talk to friends

9:00-11:00 – take a shower, watch TV, journal

11:00 – go to bed

 

I highly recommend creating a routine, even if routines haven’t necessarily worked for you in the past.  It doesn’t have to be super structured or the exact same everyday, but having an idea of what you need to do and how will really help. Things right now are very different, and can be a little bit scary, but creating some sort of schedule to complete helps you feel productive and accomplished, and helps distract you just a little from what is happening outside of your house.  Additionally, be sure to include free time in your schedule to exercise, bake, facetime friends, or watch your favorite television show.

 

I included a few links below to a some articles on staying busy and managing your mental health during quarantine if you would be interested:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/we-can-get-through-this-how-to-manage-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-2020-03-30

https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/March-2020/Coronavirus-Mental-Health-Coping-Strategies