Set Your Schedule

As many of you are quarantined inside your home with your pajamas on this afternoon, I would like to temp you into setting a schedule for yourself until this irregularity ends.

Some estimates are, that we may not see any semblance of normal until the end of this year. I think we pretty much have to have a vaccine in order to step outside of uncertainty and get on with life as we once knew it…..if that is even possible.

So, for the meantime, I have told myself that the best way to remain physically healthy, and mentally sane, is to pretend I actually have things I HAVE to do each day – like a job almost.

Here is the rough schedule:

7 a.m. Get out of bed! This one is a no-brainer. I have been waking up at 7 on my own and have to use the bathroom anyway. Plus, my dog is looking at me and wondering when I will get up.

7-8 a.m. (give or take) Take my supplements, feed the dog, and drink my coffee while in the recliner. After all, I have to catch up on any emergent news from the last 12 hours.

9ish – 10ish Get my exercise clothes on and go into the basement to workout. I have been using Youtube for dance, kickboxing, yoga, or sculpting classes. I also have small hand weights, a band, and a couple of club weights that I get creative with. This is actually one of the best times of the day. I get to sweat and eliminate all that lethargy and any anxiety that I’m holding in.

10-11ish This is the time period for personal hygiene, spot cleaning, laundry, dishes, etc. I usually have my breakfast in here somewhere.

11-2 Computer time. If I am lucky enough to have any work I can do from home, this is the time. I also check email, write, strategize about finances, surfing in general.

2-3 Nap, or meditation time. This sometimes starts out as meditation, and ends up in naptime! Most days, I can concentrate enough to elevate myself into a calm meditational state that is peaceful and I usually don’t want to come out.

3ish Doggie walk around the neighborhood. The length of this depends on my energy level and the temperature outside.

4-5 Experimentation with food. What do I make for dinner? It’s usually a hodge-podge of things in the fridge, and storage non-perishables from the basement. 5 o’clock denotes glass of wine time. Yea! Feed the dog…again.

6-7 Take doggie on last walk of the day. This is usually the warmest time, with lots of neighbors doing the same outdoor activity while keeping 6 feet away from each other.

7-9 Talking and watching random TV shows. Right now, we are stuck on Homeland, so we allow ourselves one episode a night, so as not to binge.

9:30-10ish Bedtime. I go to bed at 9 when I’m working, so I don’t want to get off that schedule too much. I’m usually quite ready anyway, so off I go for a solid 9 hours. Luckily, I have had no issue with sleep.

Notice that I don’t spend much time browsing the depressing news feed or social media sites, because it hasn’t been helping me. I also take time to pray for my friends and family when I go to bed, and spend time on gratitude when awakening. For more on that, see my post here:

I am consciously taking this time to improve my overall spiritual state. Introspection, gratitude, and sense of duty to myself and community all play a part in this. If I can take 1 year out of a life that may last over 80 to do this, I think it’s really not a big deal.

I hope that if you’re feeling a little aimless, this might motivate you to set your own schedule. It’s for the best in the end. Before you know it, we’ll be going to work and out to restaurants with friends. Until then, be your best advocate.

Cheers, and have a wonderful weekend. If you have a schedule, let me know in the comments below. Take care and be safe out there. Deb


You are standing in a group of a few hundred people on an open field with temperatures topping out at about 50 degrees. Your face has war paint on it, and you are garbed in roughly sewn pants and sleeveless shirt with a thin-pieced chain mail vest on your upper body. Boots are moccasin-like, with wraps around the calf to your knee. There’s a lot of mud, because you are in Great Britain before it was Great Britain. You are a member of the ancient Iceni tribe under the rule of a great female warrior named Boudica in the year 60 A.D.

It’s quite early, and you haven’t eaten in over 12 hours. You’re not the slightest bit hungry, because you’re adrenaline is flowing BIG time. Cold, with beads of sweat…fearful, yet angry at the assault of Roman’s into your homeland. You are ready to kill as many of them as you can, just so life can return to normal. Your fearless leader has united many of the tribes in this land to work together to defeat them, and you will guard her with your life. Women and men stand together on this field of battle, because you both have just as much to lose as to gain from the outcome.

You can see her across the field through the throng of jumping, screaming people banging swords and spears against homemade leather shields. She’s raised up in a chariot headed by two horses. This way, she can get a better overview of the fray, and determine troop movement against the Romans when they advance. You are somewhere in the middle of the throng, holding a long sword about 3 feet in length and weighing about 3 pounds. Not very heavy, but with skillful execution, able to slice an opponent to the ground. This is going to be epic. Either you will die quickly, or slowly from blood loss and hypothermia, or….you will survive. IF you survive, most likely you will have several broken bones, nasty cuts, and major bruising. At the end of it, you could become a slave to the Romans, be tortured, or, return to rebuild the village life you remember. Ready?

Why am I taking you on this imaginary trip through time? Because, sometimes you have to have some perspective on things we perceive as “difficult”. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve come a long way, and evolved into much more caring, introspective humans. That being said, we still have challenging days. Days when we have to have interviews, a challenging meeting, public speaking, or crazy travel. They are anxiety provoking for sure. But just remember, you’re not standing in a field freezing, ready to fight for your own life. Get up out of bed, reach back in time to some distant relative’s DNA, and put your Boudica helmet on, because you can do anything.