Routines. Does that sound a little boring? Are you more excited when you think about the unexpected? Or when you think about getting out of the “routine” to do something new or different? Yes…I get it! And at the same time, I have come to understand that routines in our lives should not be despised.
Let’s think about this word…routine.
Routine: a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.
Regular and fixed are the words I pick up from this definition.
Regular means something is constant or a definite and specific pattern in your life.
Fixed means it’s fastened securely in position. Something is firm and stable.
There are many things in life that are not stable or fixed. There are surprises that pop up! So what is the big deal about routines. Why should we consider this topic?
Routines can organize our thoughts, our typical tasks, our repeated behaviors (brushing teeth, bill paying, etc.). With this organization, we can identify open time/space in our life for other things…maybe with some adjustments. We can make better judgments about what we can say “YES” to and what we need to say “NO” to.
Routines can cover our weaknesses and make us look smart! Hehehe! What do I mean by this? Well, if I have a routine of putting my keys on a specific hook when I get home, then I will have less times of madly looking for my keys and seeming like the bumbling woman who forgets where her keys are!
Cindy writes about her adventures, observations, and other nuggets from living in another nation. She and John live in SE Asia. She will also share nuggets from her 58 plus years of life.