I’ve been meaning to make this blog for a while, but for some reason it took me weeks to finally get it started and begin writing posts. I graduated June 7 and have spent the last couple of weeks learning how to handle the freedom that comes with having just graduated high school. Though I spent my entire senior year researching lifestyle and had a pretty solid idea of how I wanted to live my life, I found myself feeling somewhat lost. It felt great being free from a mandatory schedule, but I was overwhelmed by how many options I had. I could spend my free time however I wanted to. For the first week, I tackled my to-do list some, and visited friends, but ended up spending an enormous amount of time on my iPad, just because I could. And because that time was “free”.
Once I’d spent a few days like this, not doing much but looking at a screen, I was reminded of a conversation that Helen and I had with our friend Jyotibhai in India, in which he had encouraged us to evaluate what we do each day and ask ourselves why we are doing it. When I remembered this and when I asked myself why I was on my iPad all day long, I didn’t have a good answer. I wasn’t happy. I realized that having graduated high school, I didn’t think I needed or even wanted a schedule everyday. Yet I wanted to get into a daily routine that would allow me to develop habits like doing yoga every morning and spending time outside every day.
So I made myself a rough daily schedule! I formed it around the habits I wanted to develop, added some meals in here and there, and allowed some time for working on my gap-year projects. When I looked at the time I had left after filling in my necessities, I was amazed at how much time I had left over, and yet I’d managed to spend full days staring at a screen when I could’ve accomplished so much in just an hour! I knew then that I needed to use my time better and take advantage of the free time I had to do something I am passionate about.
I made my schedule very rough so I’d be able to plan each day what I’d fill the spaces with, just so long as it wasn’t screen-related without a good reason. The plan is to go over the schedule every morning to plan out the day with specifics, like Helen and I did in India. Here’s what my schedule looks like:
7:30-8 — Wake up
8-9 — Room time, yoga, day prep
9-10+ — Breakfast, chores, To Do list
10-12 — Free/ outside time
12-1 — Lunch (prep, eat, and clean up)
1-5 — Project time, tiny house work, crafting, etc
5-6:30+ — Family time, dinner (prep, eat, and clean up)
7-8 — Read
8-9:30 — Room time, iPad
9:30-10:30 — Prep for bed, reflection
10:30 — Sleep