Don’t you love getting a peek into someone else’s life? Lola and Ashley shared their daily routines, and I decided to share my own as well. Although my days are crazy flexible because I tend to sleep in three different homes in one week (my own, my mom’s, and my boyfriend’s), my days tend to follow the same basic schedule.
10:00-11:00 Time to get up
I’ve been trying to set my biological clock slightly earlier, but as things are now, I get up somewhere between ten and eleven. During the weekends I might snooze for a while, but during the week I try to be up at half past ten.
11:00-12:00 Getting started
When I get up, I try not to dive head first into the day. I avoid turning on device connected to the web. A year ago, turning on my PC was the first thing I did when getting up, but I’ve found out I prefer to wake up fully before being faced with other people’s needs and experiences. Instead I now do some reading with a cup of tea.
12:00-17:00 Do useful things
When I do finally sit down at my desk, I first make a list of things I would like to accomplish that day. My to do holds all kinds of things, including household chores (laundry, cleaning), university assignments, and blog upkeep. Then, after catching up with emails and social media, I get cracking at that to do. I usually start by crossing off some easier things from my list, concentrating on the harder ones during the afternoon. When I get hungry I’ll eat some lunch. Although I don’t spend all of this time working in a concentrated way, my mind stays on the goals I want to accomplish that day. During this time I might also have some classes at university, which then (obviously) take priority over my list.
17:00-20:00 Winding down and dinner time
I really like to eat. And there is nothing I hate more than cooking in a stressed way. So after five-ish, depending on how much I have going on, I play some games or read to relax. Then I take my time cooking (or continue relaxing, when someone else is cooking for me). When I’m alone, I like to watch a TV show while eating. Some favourites at the moment are Gossip Girl and Pushing Daisies. On Thursdays I have ballet class around this time, so then instead of having dinner, I’ll have eaten a light snack, and spend an hour prancing and twirling around.
My evenings are rather diverse. Sometimes I’ll have to spend them studying, or I might catch up on writing some blog posts. Other times I’ll hang out with friends or watch a movie with my mom or my boyfriend. I don’t really seem to have an evening ritual.
00:00-1:00 Get ready for sleep
I’m not an easy sleeper, and a decent pre-bed ritual is incredibly important. I try to spend an hour away from lit screens before I go to sleep. Television is okay, but a computer or tablet is not. Usually I’ll sit down with a book until I get sufficiently sleepy, brush my teeth and put on PJs, and lay down in bed for another ten minutes of reading. And then it’s off to dream land!
Laid out like this, it becomes pretty clear that my life is well, pretty awesome. I only have four hours of classes every week, and I can determine my own hours for studying, blogging, and other pursuits. It’s fantastic never having to get up early. Being a student isn’t easy, and keeping up with school requires many hours of work, but my life is very laid-back in general. I’m not looking forward to having a 9-5 job at some point.
When people wonder how I manage to read this much, it’s mainly because of this. Reading is built into my schedule, and hardly ever does a day go by where I don’t at least do my evening reading. Winding down properly is incredibly important for me not to get burnt-out, and books are vital in that respect.
I’m curious – what is your daily routine?