By Haniya Ghazi
With nowhere to physically be at certain times during this pandemic semester, sometimes it can be hard to stick to a schedule. Here is a mock schedule for if you are having trouble finding a routine during Zoom University. While this is just a mock schedule and may differ for each person depending on class times, it’s a good outline to refer to and personalize for you!
Wake up, make your bed and clean your space.
I have found that starting my day with a made bed and a clean room gives me much more motivation during the day to get my work done. With our bedrooms and homes being our new libraries and classrooms, it is important for you to have a clean workspace.
Eat a hearty and healthy breakfast.
As much as we may hear it, breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. During online school especially, it is important for us to be fueled and alert for the busy day ahead. If we don’t give our bodies proper nutrition, then it is going to be hard to sit in our rooms on Zoom all day and be able to pay attention. The best part about online school is you have the time to make breakfast and good food throughout the day because you are not rushing out the door! Use that to your advantage.
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Use this time in the morning to attend your Zoom classes, catch up on lectures, do some homework and get whatever else you have to do done. Getting an early start on your work is the best way to prevent extra stress. Grinding in the morning is a great way to get everything done during the day so you can find time for yourself later at night.
Take time for lunch and relaxation.
Mid-afternoon is a great time to take a break from working on school to eat, rest and take time for yourself. After early morning work and class, it is important to give your brain and body a rest. Eat a good healthy lunch, watch some TV, read a book, take a nap! Do whatever is a good activity for you that will keep you motivated and relieve stress.
Finish up any work you have for the day.
Use the rest of the afternoon into the early evening to finish up any work you may have. This way if you finish your work early, you can have a relaxing and stress-free night knowing everything is done and out of the way. Don’t forget to eat some healthy snacks and drink plenty of water while you do work during this time!
Eat dinner and catch up with family or friends.
After a long day of school and work, a good dinner is much deserved and needed. Cook up something healthy and delicious or treat yourself and eat out if you’re tired. Indulge in what you are in the mood for, but make sure you are feeding your body all the necessary nutrients it needs after a busy day! Then when you’re done eating, FaceTime with family or friends and catch up, watch the next episode of a show you’re loving, read a book, or make a TikTok. Ignore your responsibilities tonight; you deserve it after a long day of work.
Go to bed!
During Zoom University, it can be easy to push aside your needs and spend the entire night doing work. However, it is important to have a good night’s rest and get to bed at a decent time in order to stay motivated and stick with your daily routine. Get to bed as early as you can and get at least eight hours of rest!