How can you be physically, relationally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy with all this time at home? Find a schedule that works for you. Here are two sample schedules: one with general suggestions, and one broken down by time.
Daily Schedule Suggestions
- Set an alarm and get up on time.
- Get out of your PJs, take a shower, brush your teeth, and eat a healthy breakfast.
- Hold off on using technology for a while.
- Take some personal prayer time.
- Schedule out your day, hour by hour.
- Work from home (if that is your current situation)
- Ride your bike or take a walk.
- Stay up to date with the current COVID-19 situation, and then set it aside for the day.
- Tune into an online daily mass.
- Eat lunch.
- Call a few friends or family members to check-in.
- Enjoy a good book you've been wanting to read.
- Pray a rosary.
- Work on a project around the house you've been meaning to do.
- Find a Confession near you.
- Go for a joyride.
- Try to cook a special dinner.
- Put down your phone for the until bedtime.
- Watch an inspirational movie.
- Go to bed at a reasonable hour.
- Take a twilight walk! Just to get outside...
- Do an evening examen of your day.
- Say good night to Jesus.
Hour by Hour Sample Schedule
Sample for someone working first-shift from home.
6 a.m. - Get up with alarm
Personal Prayer Time - End by asking God to help me make and accomplish 3 goals for the day. Schedule out the day hour by hour.
7 a.m. – Morning Routine
Exercise or walk for 30 minutes and eat breakfast (Consider waking a half hour earlier for an online daily Mass.) Shower, dress, brush teeth
8:30 a.m. - Check news & messages (no earlier than now)
9 a.m. - Start work (no later than now)
10:30 a.m. - 15 minute break
Step away from all screens; get up, stretch, and move; get some fresh air
12 p.m. Lunch
Sit down to a nice meal; talk with family or a friend (in person or by phone/video call)
12:30 p.m. - Resume work
2:30 p.m. - 15 minute break (same as above at 10:30)
5 p.m. - Sign off from work
Check news/messages, then set technology aside
5:30 p.m. - Prepare a nice dinner together with family/roommates
6 p.m. - Dinner
Sit down with family/roommates around a table if possible. Alternately, consider sharing a meal virtually phone/video call
7 p.m. - Connection/Service
Consider doing things like: random acts of kindness or beauty; call isolated neighbors/friends/family; make gifts/cards/cookies (carefully disinfect everything) for others; participate in a Zoom Small Group/Bible Study; read a book, play games, or watch an inspirational movie and discuss with a friend; bike or hike with family/roommates; bring groceries to someone in need
9:30 p.m. - Get ready for bed
Do a Daily Examen, read
10 p.m. Say goodnight to loved ones and Jesus