Building your own, perfect routine
By: Angelina Salvador
Finding the right everyday routine for yourself can be difficult. Whether it’s for school, work, or your hobbies, things can start overlapping and piling up.
For writers and avid readers, the pandemic has either made you completely motivated or you’ve found yourself completely lacking. It’s important to remember not to get so worked up when trying to create your own routine.
Before you create your day to day or night to night routines, but lack motivation, you may want to read up on how you can become motivated at any time. Whether it’s during the school semesters, or on break at home: motivation is key.
Making your routine should be fun and perfectly built around your comfortability. First things first: everyone’s routines are not the same and they don’t have to be!
Sometimes, people can get wrapped up in other people’s routines and never think for themselves. Picking a time of day is the best place for you to create your routine around.
If you’re an early bird, opening your window and getting some morning light will definitely make you feel refreshed and ready to take on your tasks. If you’re a night owl, good lighting and a comfortable spot will make you feel motivated.
A quiet space and an organized environment might help you get your routine going! Whether you’re about to get to reading the book that’s been on your to-be-read list, or finally writing your work-in-progress, the perfect space is a must.
If you’re a writer and you have a routine but have writer’s block, you may want to unlearn that term. It’ll keep you from thriving and genuinely enjoying or appreciating your hobbies!
A lot of famous writers had routines, some of them mostly outdated. They get really drunk, or they stay up for an entire day drinking fifty cups of black coffee.
But like I said, don’t get wrapped up in other peoples’ routines, especially famous writers. It’s important to create your own.
Yes, it’s okay to grab some inspiration from your favorite authors, but you have to assure yourself that it can work for you. Don’t jump head first into a wild Hemmingway, or an extremely early in the morning routine, like Murakami.
If you’re interested in other writers’ routines and take little things from how they wrote, here’s a good article where a writer copied famous routines! https://www.vice.com/en/article/wjpy8z/i-copied-the-routines-of-famous-writers-and-it-sucked Spoiler alert: it sucked, according to the Vice writer Nick Greene.
For some people, routines and creating one is new to them. But that’s okay, because there are some great ways to start once you’ve figured out the time you’re most motivated and how to stay motivated.
Make a to-do list, and make it cute! Have a little arts and crafts moment to create a list of routine or things you need to get done in your work in progress.
If you’re reading, maybe write down a list of chapters to read for the day and have a journal next to you to write down reactions! It can be a little guide or game to keep you reading.
Organize the area you’re going to write or read in! Like previously said, the space you are in is ideal to keep your routine going, so whether it’s your desk, or your bed, you’ll feel a lot better in a clean and neat space.
Put your phone and devices away. Some people though, need background noise while working. I suggest a silly tv show you’ve seen before or don’t need to pay attention to.
Some like music, so I recommend putting the do not disturb mode on your phone and play music. Or, you can put a radio or record player on. Maybe opening your window and listening to the outside can help!
Like avid reader and writer, Diana Arena, she prefers to keep her devices off so that it doesn’t keep her distracted while she reads. Her routine for reading is very simple, yet effective.
Occasionally, she will also listen to music while she reads. Arena says, “I also always typically read at the end of the day because that’s when I feel I retain the most information.”
Remember what I said about finding the right time? It’s significantly important because others maintain focus on their books in different ways.
Arena adds, “I don’t necessarily have a routine outside of the drafting process. I’ll always send my drafts to friends or professors to review before wrapping up my papers.”
Readers and writers also have similar routines, no matter how different people function and carry out their routines. Your routine can be simple, so don’t push yourself!
You don’t need fancy things to make your routines seem better either. Starting out small and implementing them in your life is a great way to start.