Power of Routines Scheduling goals, being persistent with your daily life can leave a positive impact on you

Since the start of online school, student routines have become even more important. Photo Credit: Kristin Bernasor

As people begin to grow up, they develop habits that they practice either everyday, every once in a while or whenever they feel like it. Those habits will eventually become consistent and develop into a continuous routine and it can be especially important for students.

“It’s important for students to have a routine because it creates a sense of normalcy and structure,” Recruitment counselor Kailee Dudoit said, “especially with all of the uncertainty and disruption the pandemic has caused. Having a routine will help students get into the right school mindset and get them ready to conquer their day.”

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many students had a continuous routine. In the mornings, some might wake up and get ready for school and in the afternoon, they would eat a small snack and do their homework. However, when lockdown was put into place students were left with the question of what they were going to do throughout the day.

“With school being online, most students are on the computer in their bedrooms,” Dudoit said. “It’s difficult to be motivated for school when you are in the same room that you sleep in, and you are in the room all day, every day. Some students are now waking up 5 minutes before class, lying in bed while in class, and napping during class time.”

As students come up with a school routine, they have the choice of comfort or growth. For example, situations such as working on a project when it is assigned or waiting last minute can make or break the students routine. 

“Teens procrastinate for various reasons such as lack of motivation, laziness, too many things going on, distractions, and positioning to avoid anxiety,” Dudoit said. “Students who feel bored and frustrated doing assignments try to enhance their mood by doing fun things and putting off work.” 

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While routines help students achieve anything academically, they also help with students achieving other dreams, such as being able to play a sport. While some goals might seem impossible to accomplish to others, simple daily routines can help get them achieve them. 

Many famous celebrities have indulged themselves in routines that helped them achieve the success they have. For example, Steve Jobs. During the 2005 Stanford commencement speech, Jobs talked about a daily habit that impacted him, which was asking himself everyday, “If today was the last day of my life would I want to do what I’m about to do everyday?” 

Along with many others, he focused on their life goals, eliminated all distractions, and added some form of exercise into his daily routines. Can a regular student be able to achieve the same thing as well? Yes, of course. They just need the dedication to create a routine and stick to it. 

“Force yourself to conform at first,” Principal Donna Levy said. “It will become easy over time. When we were in face-to-face instruction and you had first lunch, were you not hungry at 10 AM? You were forced into the routine of eating at that time. After a short time, your body physically adapted to the routine. The same will happen again. 

The power of routines is one of the most important things many people can look down upon because they think it’s a tedious thing to do certain activities over and over again. However, routines can truly help young teenagers, not only in school but also in the real world. Seeing as how it can leave a long lasting impact on students, all that’s needed is the students’ choice to decide if they want to stick to it for a long period of time. 

“Create a realistic routine, one you can stick to.” Levy said. “Talk yourself up, never give in to your lazy side. Once your body adapts to the routine you will miss it when you don’t execute.”