How Am I Utilizing My Time for Personal Growth While Self-Isolating?
I was in search of free time to boost my skills and finally, I got it.
Being a common man, I have specific responsibilities towards my family and have to manage my work-life balance so that I can spend equal time. The days were passing. I was in my daily routine and could not able to get time for myself. I had quite a big list of activities that I wanted to do, because of the strict schedule, I could not incorporate it into my calendar. I was in search of free time to spend on my personal growth without any pressure.
Coronavirus has evolved as a global disaster for humanity. The panic situation was getting developed throughout the world. For the safety of the citizens, the government has announced the lockdown of the country for four weeks. Everyone urged to stay at home and not to come out if you do not have any valid reason. The offices were closed, and employees had advised working from home. The moment it announced, I called up my wife and asked her to come back soon to home, and we went to the supermarket to gather necessary household items.
On the first day of the quarantine, I set up my workspace and started working from home. My wife and I have decided to share the household work responsibilities to allow each other to work comfortably. I have noticed I have enough free time for me. It was a good indication for me to better utilization of my free time. I started thinking of my priorities and how to align them with my schedule.
Here I will talk about what I have added to my schedule.
Get up Early and Do Some Exercises
I always wanted to fix my early morning habits. I had a propensity to sleep late and wake up late. This routine did not give me a single moment to energize my self in the early morning. I was waking up late and instantly getting up ready for office and leave. It was a hustle for me. I wanted to enjoy my morning with fresh air exercise and yoga, preparing healthy breakfast, and getting ready for office. Self-isolation gave me this opportunity to start my day freshly. Breaking the habit is always painful. Initial days of the routine change, I could not get sleep on time, but I forced myself to wake up by 5:00 am. I was tired of less sleep and getting sleep early at night. I was happy to see my progress.
Tips: Stick to your wake up time. Your body will regulate your sleep patterns.
The next task was to start the exercise. I have started with basic cardio exercises to keep myself active. I have watched some good fitness videos and started following the same. Regular exercise will keep me healthy, both physically and mentally. Also, it helps me to improve my sleep. I made my exercise a part of my routine.
How did I achieve it?
- I know keeping the same exercise every day make me bore, to get rid of this I do a mix of activities and enjoy my fitness routine.
- I use a fitness tracker and set my everyday goal to burn 400 calories based on my capacity.
Started a 30-Day Challenge
I have started a 30-day challenge to not to use social media for 30 days. I was becoming addicted to social media. I kept on checking my Facebook and Instagram and post on it regularly. I was taking 2–3 hours of my time per day. I can utilize the same time on my personal development. I found this an opportunity to get rid of this addiction and engage myself in learning. I set a goal and give myself 30 days to achieve this.
What did I do to stop using social media?
- I stop my push notification service for social media apps and websites. I avoid checking my phone regularly. I keep it on silent and set the notification only for my calls to my fitness tracker.
- I am engaging myself in cooking new recipes. I utilize the same time to prepare my lunch. Till now, I did not login to my social media account. And, I learned eight new healthy recipes to keep myself fit.
- I, too, engage myself in reading a book chapter daily at night before sleep. It is giving me a calm and soothing sleep. Reading a book is helping me to wind down my body and get better sleep.
That’s how I am spending my quarantine.