As children Jess and I would get ridiculously excited before the beginning of term, with the ‘school shop’ for new stationery and shoes being the highlight of our holiday. Now as teacher, the lure of muji pens and a new academic diary fills me with a similar glee and I always look forward to the start of term purely for the stash. My summer off has been amazing, with the highlight being a sailing trip in Kefalonia with my boyfriend Mark. Having the luxury of time means that I’ve been able to run, go to the gym or a yoga class most days and I haven’t had to sacrifice seeing friends to do any of this. However, now I’m back to work I know it’s going to be trickier to fit it all in and that if I don’t organise my time properly then I won’t be able to keep it up. During the summer I’m alway so busy that I sometimes wonder how I managed to fit in a job – sadly being a lady of leisure isn’t an option for me, so I need to remember how I managed to fit it all in before. I love routine, so thought I’d write this post to help myself get back into one!
BOOK INTO GYM CLASSES
My yoga studio allows you to book online, which is great, but if don’t turn up to the classes you’ve booked then you lose the ability to book in advance. This works well for me as I hate getting into trouble, so if I’ve booked the class then I’ll definitely turn up. I’m hoping that if I book my classes at the beginning of the week, thinking realistically about how many I’ll be able to go to, then I should get into a regular habit pretty quickly.
PACK THE NIGHT BEFORE
As a child I used to like having my uniform laid out on the end of the bed each night, and I still find this strangely comforting! Choosing my work clothes, packing my gym and yoga bag and preparing my breakfast and lunch the night before helps me to get up and out quickly in the morning.
EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE
I’m naturally a lark and get ridiculed for my love of an early night, so usually getting up early isn’t an issue. However, over the summer I’ve been going to bed later and sleeping in, which I’m not going to be able to do. I think I’m going to have to have a couple of weeks of really early nights to get me back into my routine.
EXERCISE WITH FRIENDS
Luckily my boyfriend and I go to the same gym and are quite good at motivating each other to go before work, so working out doesn’t eat too much into our time together. I’ve even got him to sign up to a yoga class with me this week which is a big step ! (I sold him the restorative class, promising lots of lying on the mats with our eyes closed!) Similarly, planning to meet friends at the gym or for a run helps to kill two birds with one stone.
WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN
I’ve never really got into the habit of using my iPhone as a diary, instead preferring to write everything down old fashioned way. By thinking ahead to everything I want to get done in the week (blog posts, gym sessions, yoga classes, seeing friends, Masters work etc) I can hopefully fit it all into my weekly planner.
HOW DO YOU GET BACK INTO A ROUTINE?