How to Make a Schedule During Quarantine

How to Make a Schedule During Quarantine

Social distancing is hard for everyone. People of all ages are going through a lot of change, which is difficult. Kids are especially going through tough times, since all the things we usually do (school, sports, extracurricular activities, etc.) are either not happening, or happening in a much different way. It’s easy to get confused without a plan of attack for the day. What I mean by that is without knowing what school work (or other things you want/need to do) you’re going to work on first or without having set priorities, things don’t get done. That’s why schedules are so important. If you don’t know how to make or use one effectively, read on.

STEP 1: The first and most important step in making a schedule is having priorities. If you don’t have priorities, you’ll never know what to do first. So to avoid that, you need to make a list of to-dos in order of most important. When you prioritize, keep in mind due dates. If something is due the next day, it should be closer to the top of the list than due in a week because you need to finish it sooner. Once you order your to-do list from the most essential things to the least essential things, you’re good to go. Just make sure to do the list in order. Also, don’t forget to keep in mind wants versus needs. Make sure you put what you have to do first, but don’t forget about what you want to do. That leads right into the next step.

STEP 2: The second step of creating your routine is adding what you enjoy. Although schoolwork is your top priority, it’s so important to continue doing what you love. It may be hard to do that at home because you won’t have all the resources you need. However, you have to work with what you have.  Sports are probably the most difficult when you have to remain inside your home, but do your best to make it work. If your creativity fails to find a way to continue one specific hobby, try something else! This is a great time to find new things that you love, and if you’re having trouble picking a good indoor activity you can use the internet for some ideas. Also, just because you’re inside doesn’t mean you can’t be active. Like I explained before, be a problem solver and think outside the box!

STEP 3: The third and final step of making your new agenda is connecting with others. It’s easy to feel distant from friends and sometimes family members that you’re not seeing every day anymore. Give yourself lots of time (so you’re not rushed to finish a call) to communicate with friends. Whether you do that by text, call, or a social media platform continue it! Don’t stop talking to your friends just because you’re not in the same place. You can even encourage your friends to make schedules with the same meeting times as you so no one misses any calls. Some platforms you can use are iMessage texting, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Google Meet, Google Duo, Zoom, Skype, Line, Viber, Talk, and so much more! There are so many free options, so use whatever works for you and your friends.

Having a schedule has a lot of benefits such as keeping you super organized. You’ll feel much more efficient, productive, and focused because you have a routine. There are lots of ways to make an agenda as well, so testing your schedule and improving it to your liking will make it perfect for you. If you still need help making one, you can always ask a parent or adult for assistance or do some internet research to find another article like this one for more information on the topic. You can additionally take a look at the bibliography of this article for some useful resources. As tough as it is, this situation is a time of growth, improvement, and learning, so be innovative!