What My Daily Routine Looks Like in Lockdown

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I've been really interested to know how other people are spending their days during this strange, strange time we're currently going through. Some are using it as an opportunity to slow down while others are taking up a hobby or learning a new skill. Some are downloading TikTok and others are posting their home workouts on Instagram. A lot of people seem to be baking banana bread or whipping their coffee (I'm definitely guilty of the latter).

Before I get into this post, just know that whatever you're choosing to do is fine. I've seen people on Twitter shaming others for 'wasting their time' by watching Netflix or gaming all day, as well as tweets criticising those who want to spend the time working on their goals and personal development. 

I don't think we should judge how anyone else is spending their time. There is no 'right' way to react to a global pandemic. Everyone is just doing what they need to do to get by in an unfamiliar situation. You do you, boo.

Personally, I've been doing a mixture of both. I'm enjoying the more relaxed pace of life and not having to rush around anywhere for the time being, but I'm also keeping myself busy around the house as well as working on myself and my goals. 

Most days I feel like I've got the balance just right and on other days I feel like I'm not doing enough (I'm definitely someone who likes to keep busy - I think that having something to work on makes me feel like I have a purpose and a reason to get up in the morning).

A few things I've been doing/have achieved during UK lockdown:

- Completed a blogging course
- Cleaned the house, multiple times (the damn thing keeps getting dirty again)
- Spent far too much time on social media (nothing new there, then)
- Done some home workouts
- Been for a walk or a run almost every day
- Spoken to my family and friends more than usual
- Practised my German on Duolingo (I've been learning it for a few years, it's not something I started during lockdown but I have been continuing with it).

What I haven't been doing:

- Reading books (I've found I haven't been able to concentrate for more than a few minutes)
- Writing blog posts (I've had a bit of writing to do, but have pretty much neglected the blog)
- Beating myself up for going to bed late, getting up late, watching 'too much' TV or not being able to get much reading or writing done. Now is not the time to be hating on yourself.

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[Related post: How to Handle Social Distancing: Advice from an Introvert]

Here's what a typical day has looked like for me lately (I'm currently on furlough and my husband is a key worker so I'm usually on my own for most of the day):

On a 'normal' day (pre-lockdown) I would get up between 7 and 8 o'clock in the morning. I'm still setting my alarm for 8AM every day but generally going back to sleep until 9 (and occasionally 10, which does bother me a bit).

Once I'm awake, whatever time that may be, I'll drag myself out of bed and straight to the kitchen for a cup of coffee. It takes me a while to get going in the mornings but caffeine definitely helps to speed up the process. 

Then I'll sit with my coffee and check social media. I don't really scroll much first thing, otherwise I get stuck down a rabbit hole and spend hours staring at my phone. I generally just check my notifications and reply to anyone who's interacted with me during the night.

After a while I'll make some breakfast and eat it while watching an episode or two of something on Netflix (currently rewatching The Big Bang Theory). Then I'll wash up and give the kitchen a bit of a clean.

Now I try to do something 'productive' for a few hours. This could include a home workout, phoning a family member, making some pins or doing a bit of writing or a few modules of my course. It really depends on how I'm feeling; nothing is set in stone and I'm trying to do things because I want to, not because I feel like I have to.

When it comes to lunchtime at around 1 or 2 PM, I'll either make something from scratch (since I have the time) or, if I've eaten breakfast late, I count that as 'brunch' and just skip lunch and maybe have a snack a little later.

In the afternoon I like to sit in the sun (if there is any) and take it easy, probably spend quite a bit of time on Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest. I might also continue with any work I started in the morning. I'm currently writing this post in the afternoon.

I save my daily walk (which is sometimes a run) until mid afternoon/early evening, usually just before dinner. This is for a couple of reasons: firstly, my husband gets home around 4 o'clock and often comes with me. Also there are generally fewer people about at that time of day. 

We either go to the park next to our house or walk the few extra minutes down to the seafront, which I prefer because it does wonders for my mental health to be by the sea. More often than not we go to the park, though, simply because it's closer.

For dinner one of us will cook (we never cook together). I've really enjoyed having the time to prepare healthy meals from scratch and sit at the table with my husband to eat them - this doesn't often happen when we're both working. We eat quite late, usually between 7 and 8PM.

Then we sit down for the evening and watch some TV. I also usually spend some more time scrolling social media and interacting with people. If I'm going to do any Duolingo I'll normally do it now - I just prefer doing it in the evening for some reason. 

I try to get to bed around midnight, although that doesn't always happen.

What does a typical day in lockdown/quarantine look like for you? Let me know in the comments.


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Comments

  1. It sounds like you've got a good balance going there Nic! I'm yet to try the whipped coffee, might give it a go tomorrow now you've reminded me! I've had literally no routine for the last two weeks due to the Easter 'break', so I'm looking forward to getting some kind of normality back tomorrow! Take care, Steff x

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    1. Thanks Steff! I'm just taking each day as it comes; as you can see I have some semblance of a 'routine' but I'm pretty much just winging it most days and working on whatever I feel like. Hope you and your family are keeping safe and well!

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  2. I don't think I really have a routine. I get up around 9, have breakfast and spend the day doing blogging admin, scrolling on social media, out in the garden and a bit of crafting. You seem to have a good balance. I think just take each day as it comes at the moment. Hope you are well, stay safe x
    LottieLately.com

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    1. That sounds pretty good. You're keeping busy as well as taking time to relax. Hope you're well too!

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  3. Glad you are allowing yourself time to relax as well as trying to be productive, I think that's all we can do right now, try and strike a balance. I've been trying to be productive with my blog, Pinterest and exercise but there have been days I've struggled. Trying not to feel too bad for that though. Glad you're safe!

    Sarah x

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    1. Definitely don't feel bad for days when you struggle; we all have them. Glad you're safe too and I'm always here if you need a chat!

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  4. O my goodness, I know what you mean about the house just getting dirty again! Since I recently cleaned, it is like I dust a corner and turn around and it is dusty again!!
    That said, I love that you have been learning and doing new things. :)

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    1. It's so annoying isn't it? I'm thinking, I'm sure I just cleaned that!

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  5. It sounds like you have a nice routine Nic, like you say, there is no right or wrong way to fill our time during a pandemic. I've been enjoying home workouts, going for evening walks, doing some blogging and spending a lot of time watching Netflix :D I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds it hard to focus on books right now, I get so easily distracted! Hope you have a lovely day, stay safe <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. It sounds like you have a nice little routine going, too! Stay safe, Bexa x

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  6. I'm similar to you - I thought I'd be reading so much in lockdown but I'm finding it so hard to concentrate :( We've done a lot of similar things though, like doing a blogging course and going for a walk everyday! xx

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    1. It's so strange that we've been able to complete an entire course (which involved a lot of reading) but haven't really been able to read many books!

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  7. Sounds like you are balancing your day out well. I think if you do too much productiveness you can really burn out, but not doing enough can make you stress as well. Definitely need a balance between the two. Like you say, there is no 'right' way at the moment...this is all so different for us!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Aimsy xoxo
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    1. I definitely agree. Trying to be too productive can be a recipe for disaster, while at the same time not being productive enough can make you feel guilty (speaking for myself). It can be tricky to find that perfect balance.

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  8. My day looks a lot like yours to be honest, with a little balance of everything although I wish I would sleep a bit earlier because it's throwing my whole body clock off haha. It's definitely such a strange time and I think everyone is dealing with it in their own way which is so normal and I agree that nobody should be shamed for how they choose to do that. I've been playing a bit of Animal Crossing, doing some reading and helping my friend plan her wedding via texting and facetime so that's been fun!

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    1. That's so nice that you're helping your friend with her wedding planning!

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  9. I've started to do the sleep in thing too... I mean, I still set my alarm for 7:30, but it's usually closer to 8:30 or 9 by the time I get out of bed. I blame the cute puppies that hear the alarm and jump into bed for cuddles lol I mean, how am I supposed to resist that???

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    1. Aww that's so cute, I don't think I'd be able to resist puppy cuddles either!

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  10. Sounds like you have a great routine going. It's been weird trying to get in a routine during these trying times. I have also been cleaning and organizing the house a lot. It has been nice to have extra time to do that!
    -Charity https://morningsonmacedonia.com

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    1. It's definitely felt weird trying to get into a new routine but yes, it's been nice to have all the extra time!

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  11. I think as long as you're happy and you're keeping yourself occupied, then why does it matter what you do? Sounds like you have a great routine going! I'm still working, but at home, so my routine hasn't changed that much but now I've got more time in the morning and evening. I have taught myself, not to feel bad about not doing anything.

    Gemma | www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

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  12. It sounds like you're doing pretty well to me :) I'm working from home so I'm up at 8.30 with a strong coffee. I finish at 4:30/5 and try to do a bit of cleaning before making dinner and chilling out in the lounge with my boyfriend :) xx

    Holly | www.gollymissholly.uk

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  13. You actually seem to have a good daily routine balance. Like you said, there is no right or wrong. As for me, Since Ramadan started, I’m up by 4am to cook, eat then pray. Declutter the house before hitting the bed one more time. Then do whatever comes to mind after that.

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