When I think about studying during the pandemic I think of the words: low motivation, boring, stressful, procrastination, 4-walls, mundane. Here, I outline my daily routine and discuss the challenges I have faced whilst studying as a year 2 University of Suffolk student during the pandemic.
07:00: I Wake up and have breakfast whilst looking at any news of interest.
08:00: Have a shower and make the bed. Making my bed is an important step I find as it gives your brain satisfaction that you have done your first task, and that motivates you to complete more tasks.
09:00 till 12:00: Spend the day doing work, and/or join lecturers (we have live lectures). I always come away from my room and downstairs to make tea during a comfort break during lectures. I have found this remotivates you and makes you more productive.
12:00 till 13:00: Have lunch. I always escape from my room as I spend enough time engulfed by the 4 walls of my room. Having a break from the room remotivates me for the afternoon work.
13:00 till 17:00: Complete more work (yes, it never ends!) or continue with lectures. One of my main challenges to overcome has been being confined to 4 walls. My main strategy to overcome this is to get exercise every day and to take regular breaks from being in my room. Doing this ensures you get out of the house, which is good mentally. Exercise also energizes you; gives you a boost mentally; allows you to come back refreshed and makes you more productive.
17:00 till 18:30: Make and eat tea. To me, making tea is very therapeutic and allows the mind something else to think about.
18:30 till 21:00: This is my relaxation time! I will often play cards with my sister and Dad; build Lego for an hour; or make my own Lego creations. One thing I always ensure is I don’t look at devices. This helps me to relax and allows a better night’s sleep.
21:30 till 07:00: sleep! Getting a good night’s sleep (for me I need at least 9 1⁄2 hours of sleep) is critical to having a good day the next day. A bad night’s sleep = a bad tomorrow.
Another challenge has been the lack of socialisation. To overcome this, I facetime my Grandad and friends. It’s not great, but it’s the best I can do currently.