I am someone who needs routine during the school/work week and wants to either do nothing or everything during the weekend. I know I’ve always liked to plan and know what’s happening when but it wasn’t until college that I realized I need routine in my life. Every semester my routine has to change, and every semester I struggle for a few weeks. My typical routine is spending most of my day in class, coming home to relax for a bit, doing homework and then relaxing until bed. This semester is so completely different.
I was excited when I realized that this semester I would have free time. I have one class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and two class on Tuesday and Thursday. I have two online classes, which I quickly learned have a heavier workload than my on-campus classes. I HAVE to be out of my apartment to be in class for about 8 hours a week. That’s nothing for a college student. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining that I have an “easy” schedule this semester, but it’s been a huge adjustment. I’ve had to create an entirely new routine since 3/5 of my classes don’t have work outside of the classroom except for the occasional reading of a short article or creating a resume for the 100th time!
So, my new routine during the week is a good breakfast every morning, then I go to class, then the gym for about an hour (if you know me, you know this is VERY new to me), lunch, a shower, some work for my classes and then usually just whatever I feel like doing. This usually entails, catching up on “On the Road to Full Time”, pre-blogging, binge watching a show and sometimes fixing a detailed dinner that literally will take me hours to make because I get too distracted.
My roommate is a student teacher, so she doesn’t get home till almost 4 every day. I have found that I love the quietness of my apartment when I’m home. Eating my breakfast with the TV on, catching up on a show I didn’t watch the night before, not having to worry about if I’m bothering anyone or need to adjust my time for them and coming home after the gym to no one. I used to feel like I didn’t to be around people all the time and that I couldn’t be alone but I have found peace in that quiet. The routine helps with my lax schedule and boredom until I buckle down on my assignments and finish everything in a day, sometimes two. I think this is all a part of senioritis as well, it is real my friends. I’m constantly trying to find things to fill that boredom while still trying to enjoy these last few months in college.
When it comes to the weekend, whether it’s spent at school or at home, I don’t feel the need for routine. I want to do what I want, with who I want, and when I want. The weekends are when the work gets put down and the fun happens. This fun may be visiting a winery, sitting on the couch, shopping, spending time with Huck, finding new places to visit or just running errands with my mom but for me, the routine stops on the weekend. I think we all need that balance. If you don’t like the routine you have now, but you know you need one, change it! It’s yours and to an extent you can always adjust it. If you need help figuring out what the change needs to be, whether something is taken out or added, feel free to shoot me an email! I’d love to talk routine, balance and life with you!