Routine and schedules are important for those of us with Aspergers. Without a set schedule that is as detailed as possible, we can get a bit scattered brained and before you know it, hours have been spent in front of a screen thinking of absolutely nothing.
That’s why I made myself a schedule back in February and I have been keeping to it ever since. It’s such an ingrained thing in my life now that my whole day revolves around it.
My schedule is designed to incorporate time for my professional endeavors as well as my health, my hobbies, and time to relax. It starts at nine in the morning every weekday with 20-30 minutes of yoga followed by a breakfast of a smoothie (fruit, Greek yogurt, spinach, chia, oats, and flax), a fried egg, and some coffee. I usually sit down to watch something, usually a documentary and take time to contemplate my day while I eat.
Then, around 11 I start work. Lately, I’ve been sneaking on a little early but for the most part, I start at 11. I watch or read my lectures and lessons for the day, and then I either work on graphic design projects or writing depending on the day of the week. Mondays and Wednesdays are my writing days and Tuesday and Thursday are my design days. Friday is catch up day, I try to finish up what ever project I had going on that I didn’t finish that week.
Around 2, I stop for lunch. I either have a salad or a platter of sauteed onions and mushrooms with raw veggies. I have some air popped popcorn seasoned with spices as well. I usually watch a documentary while I eat lunch and sometimes I take a 15 min nap and I often have a cup of tea.
At 4, I start work again and I work until 6. Then, unless I have writing plans with my friend in google chat later on, I turn my computer off. I cook dinner which usually consists of some sort of protein, a grain, and a veggie, or protein and two veggies and I usually have another glass of unsweetened iced tea. My husband and I drink a lot of unsweetened ice tea which I sun-brew outside on the balcony.
After dinner, I enjoy some free time where I work on art, read, meditate in the bath with candles and incense, or spend the evening with my husband. I also sometimes use this time to do ritual sometimes when its nice outside. Moon meditations and Sabbat meditations, and just meditating on thought and putting my intentions out into the universe, are things I like to do out on the balcony. Its my time to unwind and relax and not worry about work.
That’s my daily schedule. Weekends tend to be free days and I usually try to get out of the house if only for a walk up to Walgreens or the mall on those days. But that’s how I do it on any given day and I have been following that schedule set up for going on four months now and its been amazing. Its made me more motivated and more determined to getting what I need to do done.
Like I said, repetition is important when you have autism. Before this schedule, I would spend all day doing absolutely nothing because my brain was all scattered and my thoughts never went anywhere. Now, I always have something to prepare for. I have a list of writing and design projects I am working on every day and it also helps to keep my thoughts on the end goal of all of this. After I get my certification in design, I plan to put together a portfolio combining my writing and design skills and I plan to star a business offering freelance services. And, of course, I plan to get my next novel published.
So that is my daily routine. Once I started getting used to it, it was easy for my brain to click into it and now its become something that keeps me grounded.