Time Management During a Pandemic

By Sarah Wylde

Going through the pandemic and having to stay home has made us have to relook at what our normal is and going to become. We all find ourselves having to be at home, either working, studying, teaching, and just adjusting to staying home in general. I know it has caused a lot of anxiety, sleepless nights of worry, and feeling lost without my routine that had become second nature like a habit. I did not know what to do with this extra time that I thought I had and felt the need to fill. But there are things we can do to help settle that feeling. 

The first thing, some of us may have more time on our hands. That is okay. You can take the time and do something or nothing with it. It is alright not to be productive. It is okay to take breaks and naps. On social media, many of us see the lists and posts of the people we follow doing all these projects, hobbies, and learning new skills that we feel guilty and like we are wasting this time. At least that is how I feel some days. I want to share with you the mantra I took to reciting when I think that way.

As I take some calming breathes, I repeat, “I cannot control the pandemic.”

That is one of the big things. We literally have no control. But we can make new schedules to follow and manage our times better to feel less lost. Another thing we have to practice is compassion with ourselves. Recognize the emotions that you think, it is alright to be sad, scared, etc. 

Here is a list of things to try and remember when scheduling your day:

• Try to keep as close to your regular daily routine as you can.

• Get up each morning at the same time.

• It may not be easy because it is all around us at home, but try to limit screen times. 

• If you have children, sit with them and plan a routine with them as well. Ask them for their input, so they are involved. 

• Plan family activities.

• Keep your usual meal times.

• Depending on your kid’s age, get them involved with helping to do the daily chores.

• Take mindfulness breaks.

• Diffuse essential oils to help with calming effects.

• Plan to take some breaks and time for yourself, even if it is lying down. 

• Stick with your usual work or study times.

• Create a specific area that is only for work or studying to help with focusing.

But most importantly, do not be too ambitious with your goals. Yes, I know that sounds odd. But if you make unattainable goals, it will affect your self-esteem and confidence if you cannot achieve them.

Until next time, take care of yourselves. 

Sarah Wylde