I have a schedule like I haven't had in a long time. Like since college. Since January of 2012 my routine has been a little something like this:
School Year Monday-Friday
5:30-7:00 -- wake up, get ready, go to work
7:30-4:00 -- teach
4:00-6:00 -- during season coach
6:00-9:00 -- relax, grade, plan
School Year Weekends/Summer
Whatever I damn well please whenever I damn well please
However now, at nearly 28, I have the same type of schedule I had when I was 18-22. One that I both love & hate. I love that I technically have more time to get stuff done, but I hate that there is no real structure. I need a real routine. Why? Because right now I'm kind of living a "whatever I damn well please whenever I damn well please" life until it's time to head to work/class. I was in a wedding this past weekend which meant I was out of town Thur-Sun. I then recovered & worked on Monday. It wasn't until Tuesday morning when I sat down to write my reaction for class that night, that I realized I had missed a chunk of stuff for a different class due to the fact that a)I was out of town for 4 days busy with wedding stuff & b)I have no real structure in my life right now.
I miss routine. I miss knowing that this must be done at this time. I have a pretty consistent schedule right now:
Tuesday: class 5-7
Wednesday: work 5p-?
Thursday: work 5p-?
Saturday: work 6p-?
Monday: work 5p-?
Granted the second I start subbing some of my days go away, & when I start a new serving job my schedule there will change. But I have so much free time. You know that saying? Idle hands are the devil's workshop? Yeah that's true. I am normally a VERY organized, routine driven person. However, when given mostly free time I will waste it because I am also a procrastinator to the core.
I know what needs to happen:
8 am: wake up, like actually get up. Not just my alarm goes off & I lay in bed for awhile
8-830: make coffee/breakfast
8:30-9:30: read blogs
9:30-10: shower/get ready
10-12: work on school stuff for the day whatever that may be
After lunch will vary. If I work/have class at 5 I usually try to leave my place between 4-4:15 so that gives me 3.5 hours to do whatever I want still. Read, binge TV, clean, whatever. If I have the day off I can continue to do whatever I want.
Actually getting myself into that routine & sticking with it is a whole other story...
How do you get in to a routine/make yourself stick to a routine when there is no one/nothing telling you that something needs to be done at a certain time?