Quarantine tips: How creating a schedule can help you smash your goals

With all that's going on in the world today, it's easy to fall into bad, and sometime lazy habits. The gyms are closed, all sports have been cancelled and we are being encouraged to stay indoors as much as possible. These restrictions mean keeping yourself and your kids active, can be challenging. However, there is one habit I have adopted throughout this time to help keep myself moving, through the COVID-19 lockdown.

Create a schedule:

I don't just mean a rough outline of your day in your head, I mean a proper written down schedule to follow. In our day to day lives, we have to work around things such as work, meetings, sporting events, school etc. We know a start and a finish time for each activity, and we fit in our exercise and workouts around them. Now with lockdown laws, most of us have no start or finish time with work (some with no work at all), we have more freedom with our time to do whatever we like in whatever order we like. With this freedom we don't feel rushed to squeeze in a workout between work and dinner because we have the whole day ahead of us, I mean what's the rush right?. However, when this happens we tend to prioritise the easy things first, leaving the difficult things until later and eventually putting them off all together.

Routine has it's purpose, it keeps us accountable for our actions. Everybody plans a routine, and most people plan their routines around bettering themselves. So create a routine, create a schedule and hold yourself accountable.

Be specific. For example, write down a to do list for the day and label all of your tasks from one to three in order of importance to you. Then write down how long each task should take, when you will start it and when you will finish e.g. Workout is priority #1, this task will take 60 minutes and will be done between 8:00am and 9:00am.

Once all topics have been labelled, put them into a schedule with all of the number one priorities being completed early in the day, followed by the #2 tasks, then finally the #3 tasks.

This way you have a timeline to follow and if you do not get to your final few tasks of the day at least you have completed the things that will benefit you the most, leaving cleaning out the sock draw for another day.


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