Time Management during Corona Virus

Posted by Sheryl Williams on 4/6/2020

Under normal circumstances, maintaining a schedule is a helpful tool to create a sense of calm and order. 

But under the abnormal circumstances we find ourselves in now, having a schedule isn’t just helpful, it is essential. It will mean the difference between feeling like you have no grounding and sense of direction, leading you to waste huge amounts of time each day, and developing a sense of purpose and productivity.

Almost all of the normal structures that drove your time—school schedule, activities schedule—have disappeared. Now you need to construct your own structure to stay on track.

To help you realign your time, here are five key building blocks to designing an effective schedule in this stressful climate.

SLEEP

Given the huge increase in news, which can have a big impact on your life, and the disappearance of the normal school schedule, there is a high risk of your sleep schedule derailing. You may find yourself staying up later than usual (like it is the weekend every day).

In fact, this cna be an opportunity for you to rest better than ever. Not only will this help you become more productive, but it will also boost your mood and immune system.

Give yourself one hour before bedtime to wind down and prepare to sleep, meaning you’re off your phone, computer, TV or other screens . If needed, set a recurring alarm on your phone to begin priming your mind for sleep.

WORK

If you can, I highly recommend that you keep your school schedule as close as possible to what you were doing when you were in the school.

The reason for this is that even though you are in a different school setting(home)...., your mind already has deeply embedded patterns. Keeping the same schedule allows you to keep the same ways of doing things. If you create new habits ( staying up late, not sticking to a routine) puts you at risk of becoming more distracted and shifting your schedule later and later.

Everyone thrives on structure, so developing routines similar to the ones you are used to at school promotes, productivity and harmony at home. You can do this by setting aside specific times for meals, physical activity, learning, and play.

 

EXERCISE

Do workout videos, do strength-training with free weights, and go move around outdoors. Even if you’re not able to practice with your sports team, you can work on techniques, like throwing a ball, kicking a ball, or shooting free throws.

Physical activity with others is one of life’s greatest joys, and to be without it is difficult. However, there are still ways we can, and should, stay active. Not only is exercise great for your physique, it is a tremendous way to stay healthy and reduce stress.

RECHARGE

Given the huge amount of uncertainty right now, setting aside time to recharge is essential. I encourage you to limit your time on social media or watching the news. Instead, try to find something each day that brings you true relaxation. It could be exercise, reading, listening to music, spending time with your family, or doing a creative hobby. F

I can’t give you any guarantees of what will happen in the future. However, I can tell you that by creating a schedule, you can make the most of the present.