For the past three weeks, I’ve wandered aimlessly, making a vain effort to get everything done that I’m supposed to. I quit my job after being in a steady eight-to-five for three years and having nearly the same routine every week; as a type-A personality, this worked for me. Now, my days are largely my own; I have all the time in the world to do whatever I want and it’s actually quite stressful. Don’t get me wrong, I have things to do, but they’re homework assignments, trips to the post office, yoga, friends to see, jobs to research, but there’s no structure. I need structure.
Being the first time in three years that I haven’t been responsible for consistently being somewhere at a certain time, I’ve let myself relax and spend an afternoon here and there watching Neftlix or mindlessly surfing the internet; it’s been like a mini-vacation, which was badly needed. At the same time, I feel like this could be a dangerous slippery-slope that leads to piles of laundry, an inbox full of unopened emails, and a long list of calls not returned. Or maybe living in pajamas forever could be awesome.
Having a routine has always been my thing; my plate was always just a little too full, which meant that I didn’t have time to procrastinate. I don’t remember how to be productive when I don’t have to be, which is why I’m turning to you, dear readers, for advice. How do you keep yourselves organized and start a new routine? How do you stay productive when you work from home or are unemployed and don’t have a set schedule?