Things I want to start introducing to my daily routine

Things I want to start introducing to my daily routine | robowecop

I have two posts that I absolutely need to write today so, obviously, instead I’m writing a last minute one now because the idea came into my head and I don’t want to waste this sudden spark of inspiration. Queen of procrastination right here.

Okay, so let’s get on with it or whatever.

I’m still unemployed.

Sigh, I know.

But, to be fair, aside from being absolutely and excruciatingly poor (like, down to the last £30 of my overdraft poor) I’m really enjoying having the time to properly work on my blog.

I mean, please don’t get me wrong, if someone offered me a job I’d start tomorrow (someone plz hire me) because at the end of the day, I desperately need a wage. But if I’m looking at silver linings, I really love working from home, I REALLY love having so much time to focus on my blog and I really love having so much time to myself.

I’m a very self-motivated person and I’ve always worked better in a more casual environment. Even at Uni I’d be more productive from my bedroom or a coffee shop than in the library. But, obviously, there are exceptions and sometimes when I’m working at home I just want someone to tell me what to do, how to do it and when to do it for. Sometimes I have days where a routine is just impossible and I sit on the sofa with Netflix instead. Sometimes I choose to work on an evening rather than during the day or sometimes just not at all.

Which is why I want to introduce some things into my daily routine. (Which, admittedly, is currently virtually non-existent since Christmas and that annual January slump.) Not all of these are work/productivity based, but I definitely find that I work better with a more set routine in place. So here are the things I want to add/change.

Waking up earlier

Back when I was first made redundant I continued with my getting up early routine, waking up with Joe and getting up when he went to work. I still wake up when he does, but now I tend to laze in bed until 9am/10am, then make breakfast, then get to work and it’s putting a serious dent in my productivity. I need to get back to getting up when Joe leaves and starting my day earlier.

Going to the gym

I’m lucky if I go to the gym once or twice a month at the moment. I have to keep paying for it because I’m on a year-long contract, so I may as well flipping get my money’s worth. I’m aiming to go at least three times a week but four if I can manage it, even if I’m only there for 30 minutes a time. I need to play about with timings and decide when in the day I prefer to go, but I’m thinking it will be best for me to go mid-morning.

Write my to-do list the night before

I get very anxious when I know I have a lot to do and writing lists helps SO much. The only problem is I leave it til morning then forget things I said I’d do yesterday. I know a lot of people that write their to-do lists the night before so I’m definitely going to try and adopt this.

Emails

Replying to emails is my least favourite task. I don’t know why I hate doing it so much, probably because I’m really bad for leaving them until my inbox is filled to the brim and a little overwhelming. I need to start replying to them every day or every other day depending on how many I’ve received.

Keeping hydrated

I’ve noticed myself drinking less and less water recently, favouring cups of tea. I love tea, but when I drink a lot of it on days I’ve not had enough water, I get the worst headaches and I get VERY agitated/anxious. (Just for context, I’ve been crazy sensitive to caffeine since being on anti-anxiety medication.) So lots of tea is fine, but also lots of water at the same time.

Less screen time in the evenings

I want to spend more time reading (my current to-read list is HUGE) and less time on my phone on an evening. Spending all day on social media is SO often enough for me without then spending all evening being consumed by it, too. I think I just generally need to treat blogging/social media like my 9-5 job until I get another 9-5 job to be honest.

Hopefully I’ll be able to start being more consistently productive again now the days are getting a little lighter – the dark mornings and evenings does absolutely nothing for my happiness levels. I’ll be sure to keep you updated with anything else I decide and anything I manage to form a habit of!

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  1. Freya Meadows
    29th May 2017 / 9:47 pm

    I love this post! It’s great to start having more common routines – as a uni student there are some days where I don’t have much to do and so the day lacks structure so I always try and get to the gym early so that I can add some structure to my day. Hope it goes well for you!! x x
    https://freyameadows.wordpress.com

  2. Maria
    24th May 2017 / 3:40 pm

    I just got made redundant on Fridays and I’ll definitely be taking some of these things on board, 3 days in and I’m already having those 10am lie ins 🙈

  3. 1st March 2017 / 9:16 am

    I feel like these are all such good things to add to your daily life. This post has inspired me to look at things I want to change in my daily routine so I feel more productive and healthier.

  4. 19th February 2017 / 9:14 pm

    I love this! Going to do something similar on my blog in the next few weeks I think. I try to go to the gym as much as possible but every week its less and less. Same with drinking more water and getting up early. I plan to but never do it.

  5. 19th February 2017 / 10:55 am

    Being unemployed definitely does suck, and it’s so easy to form bad habits with your time. I definitely think that having a routine helps, waking up and going to sleep at a certain time, remembering to have lunch at a reasonable time and not just having brunch at like 2:00… being unemployed won’t be forever though, just make the most of your time out – you’ll miss all the spare time when you do find employment haha!

    Heather, heathermcknight.com

  6. 19th February 2017 / 12:10 am

    I can definitely relate to many points on your list. Getting up when my boyfriend leaves for work is one of them. Gym situation is also the same for me at the moment XD as much as I’d like to go 3 times a week, it is so hard to find time for it. Although doing a to-do list the night before really does help a lot because I started doing that and during the day I was more productive!

    Bollianaxo | Student’s Lifestyle Blog

  7. 18th February 2017 / 6:55 pm

    I’ve started to change up my morning routine too, and waking up earlier was the first of my resolutions! I try never to wake up too late, although sometimes it can be hard to get out of bed haha. I also love writing my to-do lists the day before, because I know exactly what to do when I wake up. Being productive is a whole process, it can be difficult be it always pays off! Good luck with finding a job :)

    Julia x
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  8. 18th February 2017 / 3:45 pm

    I hope you find a job soon, unemployment sucks! I have been trying to keep to my ‘less screen time’ idea but it’s harder than I thought – I watch that many different television programmes – I can’t just give up on them! I am reading more – I am onto my second book in the Shadowhunter series!!

    John
    http://www.shoutjohn.co.uk

  9. missgetaway
    18th February 2017 / 11:04 am

    Good luck with your job search. I know it can be utterly frustrating but I’m sure the right thing will come around for you soon :) And these things – girl, me too! Especially getting up earlier and hitting the gym is very high on my priority list this year.

    Love, kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

  10. 18th February 2017 / 10:10 am

    Yes to all of this! I’m in a vaguely similar situation: while my husband goes off to work and is a productive member of society, I typically stay home and work on university stuff. I can definitely say that waking up earlier and getting out of bed at the same time my husband does has improved my productivity drastically! It helps contribute to the idea that my university work is my job and that I should treat it that way. Even though it sucks sometimes getting out of bed when you could just as easily (or even more easily) just stay under the covers, I highly recommend getting up and getting the day started.

    I also have a huge to-read list and I would like to work on reading more these days too. Now that I’ve (mostly) gotten the wake-up time under control, reading more will be my next goal.

    Danielle | solongusa.blogspot.com

  11. 17th February 2017 / 11:22 pm

    I was unemployed for a good chunk of 2015 after being made redundant and I found it difficult to get up in the mornings too, but when I did, I felt so much more productive xx

    Ioanna | hearting.co.uk

  12. 17th February 2017 / 5:53 pm

    I can relate to so many of these from when I was unemployed, after being made redundant from my last job. I found that without a routine I would spiral into depression and/or anxiety. Having a routine – getting up with my fiance, having a cuppa and watching the morning news, running errands, lunch, blogging, cooking dinner etc – really helped. I hope your luck changes soon on the job front – it’s tedious applying all the time, but just keep at it. Something will come up! x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  13. 17th February 2017 / 4:58 pm

    I think I can relate to every single one of theses! I’m pretty much the opposite though, I wish I wasn’t working so I had time to focus on my blog! You’ll get something soon though, it’s so tedious applying for work but will be worth it in the end! x
    http://www.sophieblxck.com

  14. 17th February 2017 / 4:34 pm

    Girl, I loved this post. Good luck with the ongoing job search – I know how frustrating that can be but I’m so sure something amazing will come your way so soon. I totally agree with you on needing less screen time in the evening – I’m the worst for this! On top of my full-time job I can end up working 14-15 hour days if I include my time spent blogging/on social media in the evenings and it just ain’t healthy.

    Katy / Katy Belle

  15. Jessie Smith
    17th February 2017 / 3:40 pm

    Going to the gym a couple of times a week is the best thing, always makes me feel good about myself! I’ve also started looking at my phone less throughout the day/night. I’m generally glued to my phone but sometimes even just leaving it in a different room on silent does the job! https://jessiechats.blogspot.co.uk/