How I organize my days during lockdown

Hi everyone !

Hoping that you’re doing good even in those circumstances ! So, in this article I’m gonna talk about how I plan my days during the lockdown. I don’t know if you’ve read the article “let’s get the best out of this season”, in which I explain that I decided to make my quarantine productive, to work and to accomplish certain things.

But making a decision is one thing, taking action is quite another. Hence this article in which I will explain in a practical way how I organize my days.

1. TO DO LISTS

I know that plenty of people work with to-do lists, and I’m definitely one of them!

How does it work?

Every night before bed (well, sometimes at the beginning of the next day I admit it), I make a list of the things that I have to do for the following day.

What do I put in it?

You should know that at the beginning of my quarantine, I drew up two different lists:

  • A list called “TO DO” that covers everything I need to do whether we’re in lockdown or not. Example: study, work on my blog, work for some projects I’m involved in etc…
  • A list entitled “TO ACCOMPLISH” that takes up any novelty that the time spent in quarantine allowed me to realize. Example: Redo my room (you’ll know the rest much later…)

To create my daily to-do lists, I use :

  1.  At least 3 items from my first “to do” list
  2. An item from the “to accomplish” list
  3. The “call of the day”: Every day I call and take some news from one or two people
  4. My meetings of the day 

Where do I write them ?

I write my to-do lists twice :

  • In a “to do” noteblock 
  • On a board placed on the wall of my room

Why ? Simply because that’s what I do in my everyday life. Because when I leave my house, I like to walk around with the paper version of my to-do list, and when I’m at home, I like to look up and see it in front of me.

2. MY DAY’S PROGRAM

  • 9am: My alarm goes off

Don’t judge me, I sleep very late so it’s impossible for me to wake up earlier ! To be honest, my alarm rings at 9am but I never get up at 9am though.

  • 10am: The Call of Discipline

(It’s also the time I actually get up.) I call it “the call of discipline” because this call determines the rest of my day: it is a silent video call, in which my interlocutor and I work together but each on our side.

It allows me to realize the things I MUST do, that don’t belong to the “to accomplish” list. These are things for which the sole will is not enough and where discipline is required ; doing this helps me a lot.

And on top of that, since the video call is made via Whatsapp, it prevents me from using my phone so it  demands twice the amount of discipline.

  • 2:30 p.m.: Rest of my day  

Before 2:30 p.m. I take the time to eat, prepare myself and all that good stuff. In general by 2:30 p.m. some part of my daily to-do list is already achieved, and the “hardest” to do has already been done, so:

I still have the rest of my to-do list to complete and it is then easier since in general, my will is strong enough to get those things done.

It is also past this time that I make the call or calls of the day. Another form of call and productivity that I like: CHITCHATS + something.

What is this all about?

We call each other on video, we talk and do something at the same time.

-Chitchat make-up

I really love this one, and I’ve done it more than once since the lockdown began ! We call each other on video, and while we talk and share, we do our makeup together. (Maximum twice a week)

-Chitchat cuisine

This one is pretty good too and it’s the same principle, we call each other on video and while we talk and share, we cook together.

  • 7:30 p.m.: My evening

In general, my meetings of the day take place in the evening, so I get them done and then I’m free for Netflix and other things. I usually sleep between 2am and 4am which I don’t particularly advise you to do …

Work vigil (Tuesday or Wednesday)

Once a week, I spend a night working – I don’t sleep so I can work on projects or things I put on my “to accomplish” list.

My weekend: No to-do lists 

-Saturday morning I try to work and then I spend the rest of the day the way I want.

-Sunday – Church day (online for this season).

3.OVERVIEW

The overall situation is excellent and that’s the reason why I say that my quarantine is going well : it’s actually going really well ! And I think it will be fine as long as my “to accomplish” list isn’t fully completed.

Calling people can boost in some cases and can relax in some others. I don’t do everything through video calling, but I don’t spend a single day all alone from dawn to dusk, which helps me to hold on. You know, days are very similar and I am convinced that without some calls I would not be able to do everything that I put on my to-do lists.  

The goal is to achieve everything I put on my to-do lists, but if I don’t complete everything, I try to finish it the next day; the goal is not to put pressure on yourself but to fall asleep having achieved something during the day. And so far, there’s only been one time when, in the morning, I decided not to do anything with my day… and there’s nothing wrong with that either.

As much as I can’t wait to go back to my fast life, I know that I’ll be happy with the way I used my time during this quarantine ! 

Here we are, I hope that this article gave you some ideas on how to organize yourself for your quarantine and if not, at least you know now what I do on a daily basis ! And if any of you needs some motivation, a call or anything else, don’t hesitate to slide in my Instagram DMs @the.christianista!

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