By a show of hands, how many of us made a routine at or during the first few weeks of lockdown? Now by a show of the other hand, how many of us have followed that routine?
Can we all agree that lockdown has not been going according to a plan of what we should do but rather what we feel like doing? But worry not, because there are a few things that you can still get right, according to Atomic Habits by James Clear.
1. Be intentional about the routine you’re making, or breaking.
Perhaps you would like to finally start on that Chemistry chapter you’ve been putting off or start exercising; surround yourself with healthy food and minimise (of you cannot completely remove) the exposure to junk food.
2.Reduce the scope but stick to the schedule.
Whatever it is your goal is, allow yourself some cheat days. This can be every other day or every other two days. As long as you consistently show you and do what you ought to.
3. Stack your habits.
An example could be that every morning after checking your Instagram, you wash your face, do ten jumping jacks and sit down for an hour of maths.
Regardless of what does or does not happen, do not compare your routine to that of someone else’s. Feelings of comparison and guilt will bubble up and settle in.
We should keep in mind that this is a pandemic we’re trying to keep alive in, not a productivity contest.