The Importance of Routine
I've never gone this long without working. When young, school was my job, and I was really good at it. It's almost been five months since we moved to Chicago, and I'm still on the job hunt. It's hard. I don't have any personal connections in my field of interest, and since my teaching certification was denied, I feel kind of lost.
I am the type of person that puts a lot of self-worth into my career. Who am I, and how am I making a difference, if I'm not working?! (Luckily, I have had someone reach out to me about a potential substitute teaching job, but I am still dying for something more permanent.)
This has led me to thinking a lot about the importance of routine. As a VERY type A person, I really rely on routine and structure in my life. So, how do I create a routine when I don't have a job to structure things around?
My other issue is that I absolutely, unequivocally, love sleep. For me, one of the hardest parts of teaching was the 5 a.m. alarm. Now, with no job, I tell myself every single night that I am going to wake up and go to that 7 a.m. yoga class. With no workout friends to hold me accountable (I MISS YOU GUYS), and no real schedule, I push snooze every. single. time. When I finally roll out of bed I am mad at myself for wasting part of my morning!
People have told me to enjoy this time off, to really see this new city. I've started going on runs and walks outside, when it's not TOO cold, and I've really started to see new areas. (Honestly, one of the only things keeping me motivated to make sure I leave the house every day in this very cold, very gloomy weather, are cute workout outfits. See below.)
I love the architecture of Chicago. Compared to Houston, the buildings are so old and seem like they really have a story. But I am still having a really hard time finding a solid routine, and really making full use of my day.
So, tell me. For any of you that have been through this before – how do you deal with no routine, no set schedule?