Well! Routine is something that we all have and we all want to follow. But, only a few of us end up following the same. So, why are we unable to follow and manage our routine?
I am Lakshay R Goyal and welcome to Humanitarian. Today, I will be discussing “5 Ways to Manage Your Routine Effectively.”
Routine, a word, which describes us and our day. We all want to manage our routine, don’t we? I always create a time table, stick it to my desk, but Alas it doesn’t last for even 2 days.
Why is that happening? How to overcome it? Is it my fault? And these types of Questions start arising. So, don’t worry, I am here and I will cover each and every thing related to it. So, let’s start.
Find The Problem:
The Most basic step is to find the Problem. Sometimes, small things create big disturbances. These mini issues may not sound too problematic, but every drop counts. So, it’s better to note down what are the possible problems, no matter how small they are.
For example: For a School Teen, possible culprits are the video games or the Movies/series that he/she spends time on. This creates a problem in the whole time table of the student. This ultimately leads to big problems.
Now, we have found the problem, so what’s the next step? The next step is to find a solution ofcourse.
Find the Solution:
So, you are pretty smart if you have found out the Problem by yourself. If you haven’t, try consulting your friends and families. They will give you better advice for sure.
So, now I know what the Problem is, what I need is a solution. One solution is never enough, try looking for all possible solutions.
For example: The Student should first monitor his activities (Use Digital Wellbeing in Mobile to see your mobile activity). Let’s consider a case: A student of 12th class spends 2 hours daily on Video games and 2 hours on Movies. Now, he wants to reduce them.
So, the possible solutions are:
- The timings for both should be reduced. Like, instead of 4 hrs combined, start reducing to 2 hours first. Later, you can reduce it more strictly.
- Giving time to main priorities first. Now, if you have some time left, you can go for it.
- Games and Movies are for fun and for a student, they are possible enemies. So, if your time stealers are useless activities, try stopping them.
But, What if you are engaged in Productive activities like learning a skill, or any art, and that act as time stealers, then what to do? The answer for this lies in our next heading.
There was a time when Hard Work was done. But, now is the time for Smartwork. Smartwork is basically doing multitasking in less time. Smartwork doesn’t just save time, but saves energy, resources and expenses.
For example: The new skill that a student is acquiring is Disturbing his schedule. So, what should he do? He should look for Smartwork, and I will tell you how. If he is learning a skill, then that skill for sure can be used in his study, like language learning can be used in communication, gym training will help in Physical education classes, blogging will help in article writing, etc.
So, Just try to relate your skills with your daily routine. A boy who is learning how to speak in British Accent should try to talk in British Accent all day. A girl who is learning fashion designing should show her collections in Annual school functions and Family functions.
But, the main problem is how? How to relate things? How to do this? And the Possible answer is by creating a Time Table. The next heading shows how to create one.
How to create a Timetable:
I always wondered how to create a perfect timetable. I created many for myself, but none worked. So, how to find that perfect one?
To find the perfect timetable, First know the essential activities in your routine. I have given a prototype below.
- 8 hours: Sleep
- 8 hours: work/school
- 1 hour: Travel
- 1 hour: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- 1 hour: Getting Fresh/ Grooming/ Getting Ready
- 1 hour: Miscellaneous activities.
This brings the total to 20 hours a day. So, you have 4 hours left. In these 4 hours you have to adjust what you want to do. Whether it is tuitions or studies, games or movies, cooking or playing, whatever.
The Mathematics say that we have 4 hours, but we have much more than that. In 20 hours of your activity, you for sure get free breaks, which can be utilised effectively.
For instance, homework/assignments given should be completed in School during free periods. This is work adjustment with respect to time. If you are able to achieve this, you will for sure get a perfect timetable.
Now, you know the problems, you have the Solutions, you know doing smartwork, you have timetables in hand. The Final Question is, does my timetable suit me?
For this to be answered, you need experience with the new timetable, which can only come after following it. So, the basic procedure is:
- Follow your time table.
- Track your activities.
- Check whether you are able to manage things effectively.
- Repeat it for some days.
- If it suits you, congratulations.
- If not, then we need to start again.
Creating Timetable is kind of really easy, but following that is difficult. So, we need to work on the following part. Promise yourself that you are going to follow the timetable and will not cheat. If you are able to do this for 21 days, then it will become your habit automatically.
So, next time you are worried about your routine or anything, just visit Humanitarian and leave us a question. We are always hungry to answer. Kindly comment for any suggestions and demands.
With this, I want to end this article on a happy note and wish all the readers a thank you.
~ Lakshay R Goyal