Are you a routine person? Like, do you wake up in the morning and go through the same motions each day? Or are you one of those people who likes to mix it up and keep things interesting, never daring to repeat an action because it might become boring?
I have never been much for surprises. I have always liked a loose schedule. Repeatable actions make me feel safe. I’m not sure why, but maybe it’s just my genetic makeup. For instance, every morning, I wake up early with my husband’s work alarm. Not because I have to (technically I don’t need to “log in” to work until 9am), but because I like to. I’ve always been a morning person, so it just seems like a given to get up at the same time.
We get dressed, make breakfast together, love on our dogs, and then he goes off to work and I head out for the gym. I return home, sweaty, and drink a cup of tea. I do some light cleaning, and then login to work feeling accomplished before my actual day even begins. Then I start focusing on my diet, and I’m eating every few hours (which is why meal prepping each week is key for me). My stomach knows when it’s time for my next small meal…so I’m a total creature of habit. I’d like to think they’re healthy habits, too.
I’ve also noticed that if I don’t schedule important things on an actual calendar, I will either forget or completely deprioritize them. Forget big life events like birthdays, weddings, baby showers, etc. I’m talking about anything from lunches with my girlfriends to just reading a positive book. I have to have it on my calendar. Since February when I started working from home full time, I have to physically schedule time to get out of the house, or I truly won’t go!
Side note: It’s summer time in Texas, but my house is always a frigid 68 degrees. So I have been taking my lunch hour by the pool! I grab a book and head out. Not only has my tan improved, but just having time to step away from the computer and my phone and sit in the sunshine has greatly improved my mood. I highly recommend you put something like that on YOUR calendar. Me time is important, whatever your situation.
An old work colleague taught me a trick. He said even on stressful, busy days (heck, especially on stressful, busy days), to add 30 minutes to your calendar to spend with only yourself. You have to make it happen. You have to prioritize you. Whether you choose to meditate in your car, exercise, listen to a True Crime Podcast, read a book, sit in complete silence, scream to some headbanging music, call a friend, take a power nap — do whatever floats your boat and gets you calm enough to be your best self. You can’t perform your best / take care of others / live your best life if you aren’t taking care of you first. It’s not selfish. It’s common sense. AND, you gotta schedule the time to do it.
I’ve been reading Rachel Hollis‘ new book, Girl, Stop Apologizing. You should definitely read it, BTW. And she has reinforced this message for me. So. Many. Damn. Times. Which is why I know that being in a routine, knowing what time of day I should do what activity, and scheduling time for my priorities is right for me, even though to some people it may seem monotonous, totally boring, a complete snooze festival. And with a hope of starting a family soon, I will try to instill those practices to my kids one day.
Here’s a yummy recipe for next week’s meal prep. By the way, I have time for meal planning on my calendar for Thursday afternoons, which non-coincidentally coincides with writing my blog. You’re welcome!
What kind of person are you? Routine? Or not routine? That is the question.
Thanks for reading! Xo.