Monday, March 23, 2009

The Daily Disciplines: Back on Schedule

After a wonderful and relaxing spring break spent at home with my family, college life has started up full swing. Much as I miss home, it is nice to get back to a regular schedule. Even at home, amidst all of the resting up I needed, I found myself going back to setting an alarm a few of the mornings. A schedule really helps me be productive, and I've come to enjoy the regularity of one.

Do you have a daily schedule? I, for one, thrive when I have a consistent schedule. It doesn't have to be set in stone, but when I do things around the same time each day, it helps me to get things done in an efficient day. However, I know that personalities are different, so I am curious as to how many of you implement a daily schedule.

I get headaches easily, and I've noticed that they seem to be especially linked to changes in schedule. My Dad gets them as well, saying we have a special "migraine brain." Sleeping, eating, and working at consistent times each day helps me avoid headaches, however, so I have a big motivation to try to follow a schedule!

My daily weekday schedule usually consists of the following. Obviously, times are never this exact, and each day is different because of various classes and responsibilities, but this is a rough estimate.

6 a.m. Alarm goes off, I force myself out of bed. Get dressed as I thank God for the new day.
6:30 a.m. Start devotions, consisting of Bible reading, devotional book reading, journaling prayers and meaningful Scripture, and praying.
7:15 a.m. Gather together things I'll need for my morning classes and head out of the dorm.
7:20 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. - 4, 5, or 6 p.m. Classes and practicing flute. There are a few breaks at various times each day, enough time for me to eat lunch and switch out books for the afternoon classes. Usually I review verses, change, and check my email around 11 a.m. and sometimes I get out of afternoon makeup class early.
5-6 p.m.
Supper - usually I'm starving!
Late afternoon and evenings hours - Usually spent on homework and doing some things online. Sometimes, however, there are meetings (on Tuesdays I try to go to Reformed University Fellowship at 8:45-10 p.m., and a Pro-Life Group has started every other Monday from 9-10 p.m.), crew work for theatre responsibilities, or rehearsals.
10-11 p.m. Turn out the light! My goal is to turn it off by 10 p.m., but this semester it's usually later, 11 p.m. or Midnight... rarely later

As you can see, my schedule is rather loose, but also rather regimented, with required classes at exact times. Getting up and going to bed at the same time each day really helps a lot with staying on top of things. The getting up time is rarely changed, but the going to bed time can be hard to stay consistent, especially when you have a lot of projects going on. However, aiming for a consistent time definitely helps.

Even when I'm not at college, where my days are usually pretty planned out for me, it helps to have a schedule. During my high school years, trying to get up at a certain time really helped, as did aiming to start school work right after breakfast and planning days around various lessons and responsibilities. Consistent bedtimes were important to try for in order to have enough energy to last through the next day.

Obviously, schedules can never be kept perfectly. Life brings unexpected things our way each day, and we have to learn to adjust. We should definitely never be too stuck to a schedule that we miss out on opportunities God sends our way to bless others. But, I've found that keeping a fairly regular schedule can be helpful in leading a disciplined life.

Next week, I hope to discuss some of the ways we can implement this schedule.

In the comment section, please share if you feel led:
  • Do you have a fairly consistent schedule?
  • What does a typical daily schedule look like for you?
  • Are there certain things you do that help you stay on track?
Yes, these posts in The Daily Discipline series have been missing for quite a few months. All I have to blame is a quite busy college schedule. However, I'm trying to get the posts "back on schedule" so that I can plan ahead and hopefully have a new post written each Monday. As always, I look forward to interacting with you as you share your thoughts and insights into what works for you.


Madeline said...

Do you have a fairly consistent schedule?
My week schedule tends to look the same every day. I need some sort of schedule or I get nothing done.
What does a typical daily schedule look like for you?
I wake up before 6 and go work out an hour. Than shower and breakfast trying to start school by 8.
8-1 Is school with a break for lunch.
1-2 I work out again
2-5:30 I go to my job
The rest of the evening is homework, tv watching, dinner, church activities or just relaxing

Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

I have a daily school scheadule that I like to follow. It doesn't have times on it, but what I need to get done as far as school work goes, and how much time that will take for each subjuct. That way it helps me learn to properly manage my time. I do have a certain time to get up, feed our animals, and so forth. What helps me stay on track is just the thought that I can do all of the fun "extra" things after I'm done. It motavates me to get done, and It feels good to get it done as well!
I can sometimes be a little to stuck on scheaduls, and not be as flexible as I need to be. Yes, it's important to stay on task, but when I'm home, I need to be flexible as well.
Thank-you for doing Maidnes of Worth! I really enjoy it! It is one of my favorite blogs!

BitterSweet said...

I'm one of those who DROWN under a schedule. I hate feeling as micro-managed as a schedule makes me. While I'm not saying that a schedule is a good thing for many it's harmful for me. I've tried putting myself on a weekly and/or daily schedule before and I just can't do it.
When I try to get stuff done within a certain time frame even if I get it done in time I find that the time has actually been wasted. If I give myself 30 minutes to answer the Study Guide Questions for Biology for example I spend the thirty minutes cramming in everything trying to get it done instead of actually learning anything. I may get the study guide finished therefore making it appear productive to some, but at the end I realize I haven't actually learned anything.
Why don't I give myself more time you ask? Then I find myself easily distracted thinking "I have plenty of time" and not getting anything done.
I find I work best when allowed to study and do my work at whatever pace works for me each day (which differs day to day) One week the study guide may take 20 minutes the next it may take 3 hours or even a couple days.
(sorry about making this so long! I'm long winded...)

BitterSweet said...

If you find time in your schedule could you please consider re-instating the "Girly Things Discussion"? Those have always been my favorite and they as well have been missing for a while. If you don't have time, no worries, just asking. :)
Thanks for your blog girls. It's soo encouraging.

Anna Naomi said...

Madeline: Thanks for sharing your schedule! It's great that you work out in the mornings! I've tried to do that before, but never lasted too long...

Kelsey: I enjoyed making my own school schedule in high school. I didn't have certain times for things either, just a basic outline of what I needed to do that day. "Rewarding" myself with fun things after I finish my work also helps motivate me to do things that need to be done.

Purl: Thanks for commenting! It's good to hear another side of the coin. I know that everyone doesn't do well with schedules. I used to try planning out my day with exact times, but those never lasted long, as life takes time. Plus, you can't know how much time things will truly take. I usually try to have a general time frame to do things, but specific tasks usually don't have a time attached to them.

I've wanted to re-start the "Girl Things Discussions" as well, but just haven't yet... I will try to prioritize to do it soon, however. I enjoyed them as well!

Ella said...

I have been more or less on the negligent side of having a schedule lately. Like I have been sleeping in far more, as my body needs the sleep. But then again, I have specific times I do specific I guess that is a schedule right now =)

I have headaches a lot myself. Though I don't think mine are necessarily related to a schedule like yours,

Katie said...

For me personally I need a daily schedule. But I have some where to be every sigle day of the week. But I think a schedule would be very helpful. I can't wait for further post on this topic. I love your blog:).
In His great and awesome love,

Anne-Marie said...

I am like you, Anna – I need a fairly consistent schedule to get me through the day efficiently. I am lucky that I work 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday [with occasional weekend work]. However, because of the nature of my work [I am a journalist] what I do during my working hours can change in a heartbeat. I can arrive at work with a full day of work planned, only to have it tossed out by my boss and replaced with “more important” stuff!

So now my schedule relates mostly to my mornings and evenings, and things that I need to accomplish on a weekly basis.

I don’t believe a schedule should be too tight and rigid, or we end up being a slave to our schedule rather than the other way round!

Nice post, Anna. I enjoy reading about other people’s days.

Anonymous said...

You should ask some boys and young men to put their opinions on make-up, clothes, and other stuff. I love your blog!

Madeline said...

I suggest you check out the modesty survey on the rebolution website. It has great information on what guys consider modest or not...including jewlery and makeup.

Anonymous said...

I have a very consistent schedule, I need it to keep everything in place since I am working until we have children. I get up at 5am, shower, eat breakfast, make lunches, quick cleaning, and leave for work at 7-7:15. Then I get home from work at 5-5:30, start dinner, and deep clean the area of the house for that given day. I have always been a huge schedules and list person, they just help me get everything done in a timely manner.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for writing this article, Anna! This series is helping me a lot.
I do not have a regular schedule currently, so my life is extremely disorganised and I find it very difficult to find time to read the Bible, pray, etc. as well as schoolwork and other responsibilities. I am also easily distracted, and waste a lot of time. Since I don't have a consistent bedtime, I am constantly feeling tired. Seeing your schedule has really made me realise that I need to make one as well. So, I will do that immediately!