I think one of the hardest things for me to accomplish as a bipolar woman is establishing some sort of routine. With that being said, I have been really trying to find some sort of routine during my foot and knee surgery recovery and that’s been a challenge within itself.
It took about a week and a half for me to establish more or less of a schedule to follow which will soon change when I go back to work next Monday. Here is my surgery recovery schedule:
- 9am Wake up
- 9:30am Go downstairs into living room for a “change in scenery” to help with depression
- 10am Eat breakfast
- 10:30am Do morning blogging
- 12pm Social media binge / Free time
- 1pm Lunch
- 1:30pm Nap time
- 3pm Research for future writing projects
- 5pm Dinner
- 5:30pm Social media bing / Free time
- 7:30pm Go back to my room
- 8pm Bible reading
- 9pm Social media bing / free time
- 10pm Night time journaling and write 10 things I’m grateful for
- 11pm Watch podcasts
- 1am Go to sleep
I think my schedule will look a lot different once I go back to work and start to gain mobility in my leg once again. There will be a lot less binging on social media and I will focus on my writing projects more, which is important to me.
I have posted my daily routine in the past which included about 5 hours of sleep versus the 8 I have been getting since I had surgery. I don’t notice more energy levels despite getting more sleep. I think I function better on about 6 hours of sleep because for some reason, I am less fatigued with less sleep than getting a full 8 hours like one should get.
Since I can’t cook or clean or do much of anything, I have been hovering over my MacBook Pro and writing like today is going to be my last, which is good in a sense. I have been getting a lot of ideas down on paper, but I have been fooling around looking at various social media websites. I’m trying to enjoy my time off from work, but this is not how I would ideally spend my time. If I could, I would be working out, cooking dinner every night, hanging out with friends, and doing more writing than what I’m doing.
So how do you organize your life and get on a schedule? It’s quite simple to create a schedule to go on, it’s a matter of actually following your schedule and making time for everything that is important in your life. My suggestion is to create a list of what you have to do every week and create multiple schedules that includes items on your list. I would say create a daily, weekly, and monthly schedule that changes month to month with events and plans made beforehand.
The best suggestion I have for you and your schedule is to be FLEXIBLE. Without flexibility, you are left with a rigid schedule and if something pops up, you can’t change your plans without everything else falling apart like building blocks.
- Figure out what you need to add to your schedule: work, school, doctor’s appointments, time with friends, house cleaning, cooking, time with family or kids, leisure, hobbies, self care, etc.
- Place the pieces that you cannot change i.e. work into a loose weekly schedule: Monday through Friday, Work 8a-5p
- Create a supplementary schedule for cooking, cleaning, and other chores: Light cleaning Monday, Wednesday, and Friday after dinner. Deep cleaning Saturday morning. Create a weekly meal plan on Sunday and go grocery shopping. Follow meal plan Sunday-Saturday.
- Place these events into a cohesive, time sensitive schedule including self care time
- Allow yourself free time in case something comes up or for you to relax and enjoy 🙂
So hopefully this helps some of you get on a schedule.
Happy grooving, everyone!