Getting a routine to stick takes at least two weeks.
Is it worth the bother?
I think so. Knowing what’s coming next brings a feeling of safety in uncertain times.
Routines don’t have to be strict schedules. Those are really hard to stick to. It’s easier when they’re adaptable. In my experience, routines need:
❶ to have purpose. Decide what you really need or want to do each day/week/month.
❷ to have order. Fit your planned activities around the set points of your schedule (meals, regular appointments, etc.) in an order that makes sense. I like to vary my activity level—active chores before/after a lot of sitting down, for example.
❸ to have breathing room. Don’t cram your schedule too full. Life happens. You don’t have to do everything every day.
❹ to change when they aren’t working. Get input from those around you. Think about what things you aren’t enjoying—or keep skipping. Check in regularly.
⟹ Do you have a routine? How do you make it work for you?