Toronto has been in lockdown mode for more than 2 months now. I haven’t seen anyone in person ever since, my boyfriend and coworkers included. I was lucky enough to have a job that allows working from home, but adjusting to it at first was definitely interesting. Now I’m getting into the groove of it and I’m loving how my weekday routine has become!
9:30 AM – Wake up
The first thing I do when I wake up is play my morning playlist on Spotify while getting some H20 in my body. (Here’s my playlist if you need ideas!) After I’m hydrated, I do a quick 5 minute stretch in bed to release all the muscle tensions I get from my terrible sleeping postures. And then I make my bed.
9:45 AM – Shower & get ready
Yes, I’m part of the morning shower camp. It wakes me up and makes me feel energized. After I shower, I set up essential oil in my diffuser and do my morning skincare routine. When I’m all done, I change into my ‘work from home’ outfit and get ready for work. (Here’s a list of tips & tricks I do during the morning to feel more energized for the day!)
10:00 AM to 4:45 PM- Work, lunch, and work
I first write a to-do list, then I pull out my work laptop and get working.
I am currently working full-time as a Digital Advertising Manager at a personal finance company. I manage all things advertising related, but I also help out with their email marketing and SEO. There has been small layoffs in my company, and thankfully I wasn’t on the hit list.
5:00 PM – Shut down work laptop
This one is so important, it needs its own heading. I not only shut it down, but I put it away from my sight.
It’s so easy to blur your work time with personal’s when you’re working from home, especially with your work laptop is staring at you. I’ve fallen into this trap before. You start to work past regular hours, you couldn’t take your mind off of work issues, and you start to develop stress in your personal space, where it’s meant for relaxing. If you lose grip on your work-life balance, you can get burnt out quickly.
5:15 PM – Workout or Skillshare
This is the time where I work on myself. From now till dinner, I rotate between either doing a workout and stretch session, or doing an online Skillshare class.
When it’s a workout kinda day, I find a 20 to 30 min Youtube video to follow along, and end my session with a nice stretch. If it’s a personal growth kinda day, then I take a Skillshare class online. This is a time I’ve committed to daily to better myself, whether if it’s my health or skills.
6:30 PM – Dinner time with the fam
My family and I eat dinner together at the dining table most nights, with some rare occasions for TV dinner when we order pizza and wings.
7:00 PM – Personal “whatever I want” time
Well technically it’s not whatever I want. If I have lectures to read or exams to prep, then this time will be dedicated for studying. But when I’m good for school, then the world is my oyster (to an extend).
Depending on how I feel that day, I do everything from working on a 1000-pc puzzle, crocheting cozy stuff for my room, and random doodling, to watching The Voice’s and The Mask’s Singer finale with my parents.
10:00 PM – Netflix & tea time
This is my favourite time of the day for obvious reasons. Every night at 10PM, my boyfriend and I watch 1 to 2 episodes of a Netflix show together (virtually). But before that, I make myself a ‘night time’ tea to ease myself into a calming state. For me this is a great way leading up to the end of the day, because a hardworking girl deserves some good Netflix and tea. I have binged through several shows already during the lockdown. Here are the best Netflix shows I’ve watched the last 2 months and my thoughts on them!
12:00 AM – Wind down for the night
Other than the usual brushing my teeth and changing into my sleeping pjs, I do my nighttime skincare now. It relaxes my mind and my face (LOL). It’s quite calming to go to bed feeling pampered. Right before I sleep, I also do my daily prayer (I’m a Christian gal), where I give thanks to God for all the awesome things happened today and pray for those in need. Sadly it has mostly been praying for the world to heal from Covid-19 the past several weeks.
12:30 AM – Sleep time goodnight
I end the day by calling my boyfriend to say goodnight, and then bed time!
I’d love to know how your weekday routine is. If you have any good suggestions, please share in the comments below as well!