I have been struggling with what feels like a neverending day. Every day bleeds together. The only thing that I have that makes it feel like there are different days are my classes from Monday to Thursday. However, those classes end in two weeks and then I will have even more time to spend.
How to Separate the Days
Get up at the same time every day and have a set schedule. During a normal time, you would have a schedule full of meetings, classes, work, and errands. Usually, you might use a planner to keep all this external schedule straight. You may not have these external schedule pieces currently, so you should create your own internal schedule.
Last summer I was working 9 to 4 Monday through Friday, which meant I had all of Friday to do whatever I wanted. It was easy to wake up and watch videos on my phone until noon, which wasted a good portion of my day. I wanted to get things done on my day off rather than waste it. So, I created a schedule, broken down by hour, and this let be to accomplish a lot. This feeling that I had on Fridays during the summer is how every day feels now. That is why a schedule and mindfully doing things can help to break up the day.
How to Spend the Extra Time
New or old hobbies, pick them up. You have copious amounts of free time (if you are not an essential worker). Use the time to improve yourself. Read a book you have been wanting to but haven’t had the time. Bake some bread, a lot of people are doing this. Try your hand at writing, drawing, painting, and art of any kind.
Try not to spend all your time on Netflix and other streaming services. When this quarantine is over, you will feel like you have accomplished nothing. Unless you really think binge-watching the Office for the seventh time is a good use of your life. Use this time as a springboard into a better future you. You can never have too many hobbies when times are what you have an excess of. People work their whole life to live without work and we get a taste of that before we are retired. ( I know financially it isn’t great, trust me I feel it) Make the best of the situation at hand.
Feeling Like You Have too Much Time and Yet Like You Have Accomplished Nothing
I mentioned in the section above that you will feel like you haven’t accomplished anything if you watch too many things online. This is one of the things that I struggle with. I feel like I am constantly connected to my phone or my computer. ( much of this is because I write a lot on my computer but a lot is watching videos) I tend to watch more education videos and call it research but, on days when I don’t get a lot of words written, these videos do not feel like research and instead are a distraction.
Sometimes, reading can feel like this as well. I love reading and I know I need to read in order to be a great writer, but I just want to write. I have set myself some tough goals for the year in writing and I feel like everything else is taking away from reaching the goals. However, reading and research will aid my books and short stories and make me an overall better writer. If I spend all my time reading I won’t write anything. If I just write then it could be bad and I will have to revise more which takes just as long and I didn’t get to enjoy reading.
It is amazing how I have been able to fill up my time and feel the pressure the has been self-imposed. This is a good and a bad thing because the pressure can cause me to not do either because I am afraid of choosing wrong. The best choice is to do a little bit of both and just move forward.
Make yourself a schedule. Set some goals. Go get it done and have fun with it.
How are you separating the days? What are the hobbies that have picked up and enjoy? What are some of your quarantine goals?
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-Evi. L. Holmes