My Daily Routine
By Calissa Kirilenko
There’s no better time to develop a daily/weekly routine than right now. With lots of people working from home who never have before, it can be a struggle to adjust to a schedule that keeps you on track and focused. When I first began working from home for my job, it took me months before I was able to get into a daily schedule that kept me motivated and on task, not to mention enjoyable. Working from home can be a great asset, so why not take advantage of some of those perks and start right now.
7:00 am-7:30 am - Wake Up
I am not a morning person. For years I worked in an industry where I was up at 4:30 am/5:00 am, on a good day at 6:00 am. Now I take advantage of the fact that I can sleep in a little later, besides, I tend to do my best work in the evening.
7:30 am-8:00 am – Morning Routine
This tends to vary, some days I wake up and feel the need to meditate right away. I find it always puts me in a good headspace to start my day. Other days I am eager to get right to work, so I will open my computer and work for an hour or so before I get up, get dressed, and eat breakfast.
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Because I work in a variety of different fields I find I should break up my day into sections, and my mornings are usually always dedicated to my podcast, especially Mondays. Whether it’s recording an episode, planning social media, or editing, I find I am at my best to create inspiring work first thing in the morning.
12:00pm-1:00pm - Lunch Break
Similar to my mornings, I like to switch up my lunch breaks. If I haven’t meditated in the morning, I will make sure to at lunch. If it’s a nice day out I will go for a walk around my neighborhood. Some days I will watch some TV, call my family, whatever I am feeling I mentally need then, I will do it. In regards to meals, I am a huge fan of soup and sandwiches, so that usually makes the list, other days I will do a veggie wrap or leftovers from dinner the day before.
1:00pm-3:30pm – Back to Work
During this time, I always feel the most motivated to do whatever work I am dreading. Whether that’s research, e-mails, or an assignment I am just not feeling. I try to get through it with the thought that it’s only a small portion of my day.
3:30-4:00 pm - Coffee Break
I find afternoons to be the hardest part of my day. I tend to feel tired and look at the clock wondering when I can go workout or watch the next episode of my favorite TV series. So I take a break to grab a coffee from my local café or do a few stretches to wake me back up. I have been loving obé fitness for their ten-minute pick-me-ups.
4:00-6:00 pm – Writing
Writing is one of my favorite things to do, which is why I leave it to the end of the day. Whether it’s finishing an article or a blog post, I always feel motivated to write and have no problem watching the time fly as I do.
6:00pm-7:00pm – Exercise
Exercise is a must right now, especially when you’re inside all
day. I try to do some form of workout every day, even if it’s just a
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light yoga class. I am loving Down Dog yoga because they let you adjust the time length, music, and instructor. If I am in the mood to sweat I will do an obé fitness trampoline workout or hitt class. I also enjoy the occasional Barry’s live stream.
7:00 pm – Dinner
By the end of the day, I am exhausted and just want to relax. On some days I will order food, but for the most part, I try to get my tired but into the kitchen to cook something healthy and delicious. I am loving a good one-pot meal or buddha bowl right now, as well as veggie pasta.
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8:00pm – Relax
My evenings are for me-time, whether that means catching up on my favorite series. I am currently watching "Grace and Frankie" and "Listen to Your Heart." Or if one of my meditation teachers is doing a live stream, I will enjoy a nice sound bath. Later in the week, I like to treat myself to a nice glass of wine and bubble bath or face mask. Self-care is whatever you want it to be, and these are my favorite forms.
10:00 pm – Bed Time
During this time, I like to quiet down my distractions which means putting my phone on do not disturb and picking up a book to fall asleep to. I am always reading one non-fiction, and one fiction book at the same time. Right now I am loving Megan Monohan’s “Don’t Hate, Meditate,” as well as Liane Moriarty’s “Nine Perfect Strangers.”
Everyone is different and it’s about finding the perfect routine for you and your life. If you love an early morning workout and hate the idea of drinking coffee at 3:00 pm, I completely understand. Try a few different things, maybe it’s gratitude journaling first thing in the morning, and working way later on in the day. There’s a perfect routine for everyone, you just have to find out what is right for you.