Top Tips for Preventing Your Isolation Days from Blending Together


Lisa Alioto

26 January 2021 32 comments

If there’s something that I think many of us have experienced is that our days are starting to meld together.  Monday, Tuesday, what day?   Days in isolation can quickly all start to seem the same but they don’t have to.

Create a Schedule

One of the top tips for keeping your days separate and distinct is to plan something special for each day that you only do on that day.  For example, every Monday, start the day off with a special coffee blend and every Friday participate in your favorite self-care activity.  Perhaps its meditation, a long bubble bath, or an hour of journaling.

Stick to your Schedule

This strategy will only work if you stick to your schedule. If you start mixing things up, you will quickly find that your days are blending together again.    That doesn’t mean that you can’t mix up your schedule to keep things fresh, but it helps to have something special to look forward to each day.

Brainstorm Some New Activities

Your old bag of tricks may not work after being in isolation for so long so you may need to spend some time brainstorming some new ideas.  Some things that come to mind for me that I know many have found as a great way to spend this time are:

  • Puzzles
  • Games (both online and board games)
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Journaling/Blogging
  • Books
  • Socialize/Video Chat
  • Painting (or more generally, new hobbies)
  • Extra time with pets

If you are feeling that you are in a rut, perhaps some of these ideas can filter into your time and your days.   Hopefully they can mix things up a bit and make Monday Monday and Friday definitely Friday!

How have you kept your days unique and distinct?

Do you have certain activities that you only participate in certain days?  Have you found a way to keep your weekends separate and special than workdays?   Have you started any new hobbies?

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32 thoughts on “Top Tips for Preventing Your Isolation Days from Blending Together

  1. I totally agree with this post – I found that my M-F started blending together… It is hard because the routine is so consistent. It is important to try different things every day. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥

    1. Lisa Alioto

      You’re welcome Nancy – I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  2. Keeping to a schedule is so important during lockdown. Great and simple post!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Thank you Susanne!

  3. Great tips! I try to stick to a schedule for blog work and cleaning, and that does seem to help.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Great strategies Jen!

  4. This is a great list. Will share with some of my colleagues as we work from home and everything starts to feel the same

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Fabulous – glad you enjoyed the article that much Charity!

  5. I haven’t really been able to keep my days distinct anymore, and I’ve come to call them all “Blursday”. ????‍♀️ But I like the idea of doing something special for each day of the week. I’ll have to think on what those things should be. Thank you!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      You are very welcome – I really hope that it helps break up your week and makes each day special.

  6. I have done all of your suggested activities, except for reading books! 😀 For that, I really didn’t have a time.
    I am having like a basic schedule – weekends are for my family and activities with a dog. Saturdays – shopping days. But Monday to Friday I can mix as I need. And I am very comfortable with it! 🙂

    1. Lisa Alioto

      That’s fabulous Sandra Ans. The key is really to find what works for you and it sounds like you’ve done that! 🙂

  7. Great tips, so simple and effective. I love the idea of writing down some new activities. There are still so many things we can do! 😀 x

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Absolutely – there’s a ton we can do if we focus our mind on it! 🙂

  8. I’ve not minded lockdown too much because I work from home anyway and have been quite busy – particularly this month but I’ve hated how the days feel like they’re all blending together! I think for me, I’d need to make all my days different in some way. So dedicate Saturday to a day off, Sunday to a cleaning day etc etc!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      SOunds like you have a great schedule nailed down – well done Jenny!

  9. These are some great ideas! I’ve actually integrated some into my daily routine when I’m at home! Great post! ❤️

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Thank you Whitney – I’m glad they were helpful!

  10. Great tips! A schedule with breaks for hobbies seems to be working well for me. I mix up the hobbies for a bit of variety too 🙂

    Anika |

    1. Lisa Alioto

      That sounds fabulous Anika!

  11. I’m focusing a lot on writing/blogging in the day and puzzles/games at night!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      That sounds like a lot of fun Meaghan!! Enjoy!

  12. We all need this right now. I have created a schedule I stick to for the most part but I definitely need to brainstorm new ideas. I love the extra free time at home but it does get boring.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Agreed – It does get boring! Brainstorming some new ideas is bound to bring new life to the day! 🙂

  13. My days have their own schedule (of sorts) as I’m still working and also juggling homeschool for my daughter – so I guess I’m luckier than most! Lisa 🙂

    1. Lisa Alioto

      It sounds like you have figured it out how to get the variety into your days – good for you LIsa 🙂

  14. I’ve been working full time from home since lockdown started so kind of had a schedule automatically made for me, but I definitely try and schedule time at the weekends for the things I enjoy so my days off actually feel like days off, great helpful post!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Glad you enjoyed the post Emily – and that things are working out so well!

  15. Charity says:

    I’m back to work starting today so now my days won’t be blending together so much.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Congrats Charity! I hope all is well – stay safe!

  16. I’ve been working from home since this lockdown started, so having a work sort of schedule has been a huge help! But I’ve been making sure that I do my own things in the evenings, otherwise work and home would just merge together, and that wouldn’t be good aha

    1. Lisa Alioto

      That’s great that you’ve incorporated that separation. So key from blending your personal and professional time together! Everyone needs a break.

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