• Dorcas Walker

Conquering Quarantine #1: Keeping a schedule

With what feels like never-ending social isolation, one of the best things that you can do during this time is to keep a healthy schedule. We cant do a lot of the normal things, but what you can do is set yourself up with a schedule that will create excitement and expectation during the quarantine.

What does creating a quarantine schedule mean?

Every day you wake up to a schedule that you get to set and look forward to doing. Since we are under quarantine, you're not having to get up super early, if you don't want to...do what you want to. If you decide you want to get an early start, you can wake up first thing in the morning, say about seven o'clock, and take your time rolling out of bed. You can get up, do your normal day-to-day routines, but then set a time where maybe you go to your kitchen and get yourself a cup of coffee and have Bible time.

After that activity, you can clean out that junk drawer, you've been meaning to clean-out. You can go through your pantry and get rid of food old or expired foods or even reorganize your pantry in a more efficient way.

Pampering time is special

After you have lunch, schedule home improvement. So you can go around the house and find little activities that you can work on that will help you make your home a little more comfortable for you. If home improvement is not your thing, then what I recommend is making some me-time. I mean, if you've got spa tools like nail polish, files, nail remover, whatever it is to make your nails look pretty...pull it out. If you just like to be able to relax in a nice bathtub or take a very nice shower.

Make your meal times special and experiment with a new recipe. I don't know about you, but I like trying different foods and just see how different ingredients make food taste different. So this would be a great opportunity for you to experiment in the kitchen and make a meal you've never made before. The good news is if it doesn't come out that well, nobody really has to know about it.

As you're winding down the end of your day, you can do a combination of reading the Bible, do journaling, or even schedule what you're going to do the next day. If you schedule your day the night before, it gives you something to anticipate, something to look forward to the next day.

As you ending your day, reflect on all you accomplished but don't forget to keep a healthy sleeping schedule. Even though you don't really have to be at work the next day, you still want to make sure you get your good night's sleep. So set a schedule that you commit to every day, so when you're going to bed, it is time for your body to rest and restore.

I pray that you are all doing well. I pray that during this isolation period, you're not going completely bonkers and that you're really finding time to enjoy this moment of peace and calmness away from the hustle and bustle of life.

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For now, be blessed and be a blessing.

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