Hi, I’m Sara Beeksma, a guest blogger for ColourfulHope. I write my own mental health lifestyle blog Space Debris on the struggles and management of young adults living with mental illness. I love talking about mental health and how it affects life, along with how you can affect it! Here, I want to discuss something I find super relevant to the management of my mental illnesses, namely my ADHD.
I’m a control freak, plain and simple. Routine is one of the few things in my life that helps me maintain a sense of control without having to control other people or stress when life spirals out of hand. If you’re like me and struggle for that sense of control, you’ll definitely want to try finding a little routine part of your day to set up. There are lots of different kinds of routines you can create to help you organize your day, but I want to talk about three basic kinds: On the Go Routines, Daily Routines, and Weekly Routines. Each one helps in its own way to aid you in accomplishing tasks like getting important deadlines met or preparing yourself to work.
What’s an On-The-Go Routine? A flexible routine that can be observed to initiate a certain environment, action, etc. A good example is my writing routine. When I plan to write I have a small routine that involves finding the right music, setting up my laptop and writing program, usually checking social media for a bit, and preparing a hot drink before I set to writing.
It’s a pretty complex routine honestly, but not all on-the-go routines have to be complicated. Their only purpose is to help you initiate a task and get in the zone. That might be putting on the right music for exercise or going through a small prep routine at work to get yourself into the mood.
On-The-Go routines are super flexible as they have no regard to time or places (though you can choose to set both if it helps). They’re perfect if you’re trying to get into the mood to complete a task you’re struggling with. My routines help me stop procrastinating (usually) and get writing, homework, and more done. If that’s your struggle, this would definitely be for you!
One of the most self-explanatory, daily routines are routines observed on a daily basis. I have a daily morning routine to help me wake up with coffee, center myself on God and finish a little preliminary work.
Daily routines show up pretty commonly in life. However, you can just as easily build one by blocking out a set amount of time, or a part of the day to accomplish a task.
I find my daily routines give me the most sense of order when used to start off my day. They get my head in the game and center my mind on God. It reminds me of what’s important and makes sure I feel like I have a good handle on the day before I step into all the craziness. When my daily routines get out of whack I tend to struggle more throughout the day. However, like all routines, they can be adapted and changed to the environment, timing, etc.
If you’re seeking a daily sense of peace, or need something to help you start on the right foot. A daily routine would be a great idea to try!
It’s all in the name. Weekly routines often help get those pesky important tasks done like bills, laundry, and more. I use mine to finish homework, receipts, laundry, even shopping.
Unlike my daily routines, there’s a little less enjoyment involved as it’s hard to enjoy getting those adulting tasks done. However, I create my weekly routines by picking a day and writing down all the important weekly things to do. Then I set aside a certain amount of time and finish as much as I can, putting the most important things at the top of the list.
It helps me know for certain I’ll get those tasks completed. That way I can rest easy knowing I don’t need to worry about assignments, food, etc.
Weekly routines can be fun, though! It might be something like weekly game night with friends, going out to dinner with family, or other fun events that help you relax and destress. Of course, who said anyone had to have only one weekly routine?
If you’re looking for a routine to help you accomplish those little to-do list tasks, or maybe even a weekly time with friends, I’d highly suggest creating a weekly routine!
Altogether, a routine boils down the action or a set of actions that help you establish an environment allowing for work or play. It helps chisel out the time for those little important moments whatever they are. It also allows a sense of accomplishment and control over those few hours. It’s important not to get out of control with it, though. You can’t micromanage every hour of your week, but if one of these routines here felt like something you could use, my advice is to try it out! It might be just what you’re looking for.
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