Ever since people started staying at home due to COVID-19, there have been TONS of tips going around to maintain a good life at home.
Be it workout exercises, things to learn, goals to hit, self-love routines or work-from-home tips—EVERYONE has been sharing their insights.
My twitter feed has been FILLED with advice on all the things. And it definitely helps. Learning from others’ experiences is easier than trying and failing on your own.
All of us had some form of a routine before but now we need entirely new routines. Hence, one thing that almost everyone is working on setting up a new routine. Routines make sure that we get everything done and are on time for work/study.
But I have a slightly different opinion.
A few months before, our lives every day were different. Even though we had a routine, it wasn’t completely set in stone because of factors not in our control.
We could have been on time and yet the bus could be a few minutes late, setting your schedule off. You might has forgotten something at home, causing you to go back and start the trip to office again. You and your friends might have suddenly decided to go out for dinner.
And that’s what made life interesting. The absence of monotony or a perfect routine made our days interesting.
Since we are all at home now, almost everything is in our control. Which means that there fewer variables and very few differences between one day and the next. This leads to monotony and boredom.
In order to not let boredom set in, BREAK. THE. MONOTONY.
Now, I know what you’re asking. But Sumedha, I need a routine in order to get things done! How do I break the monotony?
Have a flexible routine.
Don’t section off every minute of your day for something.
I’ve seen people online with routines where they’ve marked down EVERYTHING in advance. This will just lead to boredom in a few days.
Only mark down chores, work and study. Only mark down things that have a deadline, or require collaboration with other people. Those need specific timings.
But DON’T hardcore schedule fun time or chill time! Don’t do 9pm-10pm read. Just read when you feel like it. If you don’t want to read, watch a movie. You can even simple video call friends.
Do something fun every day
And by fun, I mean something that will make you smile and laugh. This can be a hobby, or this can be playing games with your family or friends. Even if it is just for 15 minutes everyday, do something fun to lift your spirits.
I suggest doing a dance party. Play happy or dance music and break your moves out. Just dance for 15 minutes. Jump around, do random moves. I frequently do this, and it never fails to brighten up my day. This can also be done with everyone in the house.
Regularly change parts of your routine
And I mean small things, like your meal plans or the days on which you do something. Make changes in what you have control over. Just to keep the monotony out of your routine.
Frequently do things with other people
Most of us thrive through contact with other people. Most of our lives are usually outside so this is not surprising.
This sudden lack of contact with other people will affect us. So find ways to still keep in touch with your friends and family and do activities with them online.
- play multiplayer games online.
- watch movies or shows together.
- do video calls and spend time “hanging out”.
- simulate lunch or coffee outings through calls.
Keeping in touch with people and doing fun collaborative things will stop boredom from setting in.
- Have a flexible routine.
- Do something fun everyday.
- Regularly change parts of your routine.
- Frequently do things with other people.
How are you faring at home? What do you do in order to keep your days interesting?