Ways to keep your armor strong during social isolation

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For many people, lack of time (or perhaps a perceived lack of time?) had been their biggest impediment to armoring up in God’s Word each day. Now, many are finding themselves with far more time because they are working from home. Instead of a morning commute, they use that commute time to do a devotional, read a chapter in the Bible, pray, or meditate.

But others are finding all that extra time is having the opposite effect: they have so much more free time that they feel overwhelmed, fritter away the hours, and can’t tell where their days go. One day often blurs into the next.

A structured daily routine can be a huge help in managing all that extra time and keeping you on track.

There’s a difference between a hard-and-fast, regimented schedule and a structured routine, and some people are comfortable with one but most decidedly not the other.

A regimented scheduled is like this:

  • 8 a.m. wake up, brush teeth, shower
  • 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9-9:30 a.m. Read Bible
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m. Stretch
  • 9:45-10:30 a.m. Check email
  • 10:30-11 a.m. Staff conference call
  • Etc.

 

A structured routine is broader:

  • 8 wake, dress, eat
  • 9-10 Spiritual life time (prayer, Bible, devotional, etc.)
  • 10-11 Exercise time
  • 11-1 Academic or computer work time
  • 1 Lunch
  • Etc.

 

The routine can get even broader, too, without times but just knowing your general schedule:

  • Wake
  • Eat
  • Spiritual time
  • Exercise
  • Academics
  • Lunch
  • Creative time
  • Reading
  • Virtual fellowship time
  • Etc.

 

Whichever system you choose, having a written-down map of what you plan to do each day and in which order helps you prioritize, balance life, care for yourself, and ensure your time with God is consistent.

This goes for bedtime, too. Whether you are a night owl or an early riser, you might be tempted to adjust this wildly during your coronavirus stay-at-home time. We caution against this. If you regularly go to bed at 9 and wake at 5, keep it going—one day life will likely return to “normal,” and you’ll be happy your biorhythms have stayed in-check! If you far prefer waking at 8, stick to a consistent wake-up time every day, even if you choose one night to stay up until 2 a.m. reading past your bedtime.

Working from home and social isolation do not need to be chaotic, and your spiritual life does not have to suffer. With consistency and routine, you can achieve balance and stay armored-up in the Lord.


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  • Melinda Viergever Inman on

    Great reminders of the blessings and reasons behind order. The structured routine is the type of schedule I lived by for decades. It’s highly effective for me. I knew what each day held, and I got things done. AND THEN, my husband retired, we relocated, and the pandemic hit. All three of those required adjustments to my norm, my schedule, and my daily life. Wow! Each day we still have to discuss joint strategies to allow us each to accomplish what we need to do. It’s interesting after having no one but myself to answer to for years. I worked alone at home. He went to the office. I’m really glad for the change of having him here, and the benefits are entirely worth learning to work out two people in the same space. I’m also glad we started working through these adjustments a couple of months before the pandemic. I’m also glad that I knew how important structure was for both of us. This is a powerful message and so needed. God bless!


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