How To Get Back Into Routine After Long Break

Christmas break was the best thing to happen, seriously. I was home for almost a month, had to turn my alarm on for no more than five times, got to see my best friends and spend time with family, and I also had a full schedule to blogwhat could be better?! 

Unfortunetly Saturday I had to return to my own apartment which was very bittersweet. I loved being home but I also love the comfort of my own place and getting back into my own schedule (especially the whole making money part.) Getting back into routine has been a lot easier than I thought it would be though. I figured I would be lazy and put off doing things, but surprisingly I'm caught up on almost everything needed before I start classes tomorrow. 

Here are a few of my tips for you college students or adults who are trying to get back into the routine of things after a long break off.

Create a schedule/to do list for yourself. I'm sure you've heard this before but I swear by schedules. My senior year has been really busy with working, an internship and classes, so when I have a set schedule I feel less stressed about everything. What has helped me the most with getting back into routine is to do lists. Seeing a list and being able to cross things off just gets me more motivated and organized. Seriously, sit down Sunday night and schedule the upcoming week and write yourself mini to-do lists every so often and see how less chaotic your life becomes and how much you actually get done.

Set monthly goals. This is one of my cliche New Years Resolutions, but so far I'm able to cross one goal off my list. Over break I was able to blog almost everyday because I had the time, with school starting back up and me working that time decreases. However, one of my goals for January is to get five more followers on my blog and increase my Instagram followers to 900 to reach those goals I have to blog, so basically it's more motivation for me to make a routine out of blogging. The goals don't have to be anything outrageous either, start out with small goals and work towards bigger things.

Go to bed at a decent time. Ok, I know I sound like a mother here but this helps a lot more than people think. Over break I was staying up until 1 a.m. sometimes even 2, but only because I knew I could sleep-in the next morning. Last night I went to bed around 10:30 I believe and was able to wake up at 8 a.m. and workout for the next 30 minutes no problem. If I stayed up until 2 a.m. I know for sure I would have hit that snooze button until the very last minute.

Don't stress yourself out over the little things. While getting back into routine your mind is probably all over the place with all of these things you suddenly have to get done. School work, having to go back to the job you hate, trying to figure out where all your money went over break, etc. Neither of those things are worth stressing over. Simply set time aside for your school work, whether it's at night or in between classes, don't let yourself get distracted until it's done. Don't stress yourself over the job you hateif it bothers you so much go search around for other places hiring and get yourself out of there. As a college student, I've worked in the food industry for years and I've always hated it but it's motivation to work hard in school so I'm not stuck in a job like that forever. As for the whole money situation, it's not the end of the world. Saving is hard, especially when all you want to do is buy new clothes. But if you're always saving your money, you'll always have money in the bank so you'll never have to stress about being broke. Now I'm not saying you can't ever spend money on yourself, just make sure you're balancing everything out and always treat yourself every once in awhile!