Prague town hall clock by kainet
I fought against it for a while, but I’ve finally come to realize that for some of us, set routines are a good thing. For one thing, it gives me boundaries. When I’m home I can’t do anything about work, and when I’m at work there’s little I can do about my laundry pile. I pay more attention to my time at both places and it helps me stay focused on what needs to be done.
Having a set routine helps me plan my day better. If for instance I feel drained and tired when I first get home from work, I can relax and meditate or get out some hand weights and exercise depending on my mood. That way I can skip the cooking, cleaning and other dull activities until I’m feeling more refreshed and energized.
It also gives me limits; I only have so many hours at home to get the chores done or enjoy my free time. That way I concentrate on what really matters; some weeks the housework tops the list, other weeks it’s time for a movie and dinner out.
The same goes at work. I know I have only so many hours in my day. I make it a habit to prioritize the most important things first. Often I like to tackle things that I don’t enjoy doing first, because my energy is higher in the morning. Other people may be more of a late riser and do the reverse.
I fought against admitting I like having a routine because I thought that made me sound dull and boring. But the truth is that the routine is just my security blanket. By knowing more or less what to expect for each day, I’m able to relax and put my full attention in the present moment. It also means I stress less about getting done all the little things, because keeping a calendar and to-do list are part of my routine.
In fact, instead of being restrictive, my routine is liberating. It lets my mind rest at ease knowing that everything is planned out for my day. Then when I’m doing a boring or annoying task, I can release my creativity to find things to make filing and dusting more fun. (My favorite way for both is listening to music while I work – it really passes the time.)
If routines help you with your day, share your experiences with me in the comment section. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!