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The Relative Importance of Routine

February 24, 2008

Routine. Stick with the routine. It’s all a routine procedure. What is it that bothers me about routine? I have a very hard time sticking with one, that much is certain. We have attempted to have a routine around here many times. Sometimes the new routine deals with how the house runs during the day, other times it has dealt with what time we sleep and wake. I can hold it together for the first day or two relatively well and then each day after that a few more minutes pass and before you know it, we are back into the old routine of having no routine.

It’s not that I don’t see the value in it, it’s just that I don’t consider myself a schedule kind of person. I like to see where the day takes me and make decisions like eating when we are hungry, instead of eating because it is 6:30 and it’s dinner time. Lawrence likes routine and he likes to wake early and go to bed early. He imagines us having breakfast as a family or at least one of us making a breakfast for the girls to sit down and consume together, rather than each of them eating something as they drift downstairs upon awakening. I’m not a morning person, so this isn’t something that I find important. I like to linger over my cup of coffee and leisurely read my emails (after I have fought the inner battle and done some stretching and a stint on the elliptical machine).

So, in deference to my beloved husband who has many other excellent qualities, despite being a morning person, I am once again trying to adopt a routine that has been a compromise on both our parts. If it was completely up to him, he’d be up at about 5:30 and into bed at 9:00. If it were up to me, I’d be up about 9:00 and to bed between 12:30 and 1:30. So, the compromise we struck was waking between 6:30 and 7:00 and going to be at 10:30, this will also include a scheduled dinner time of 6:30.

I’m really going to try hard to stick to it this time. I figure that if I can manage to maintain working out 4-5 times a week for a month and a half now, I could probably stick to the routine for that long and if I do, it should become…well, routine.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Evelyn permalink
    February 24, 2008 1:44 pm

    Sounds like a good compromise. I have read and found it to be true, that it takes at least 30 days for something to become a habit of doing. Keep me posted on your progress.

  2. Angelina permalink
    February 24, 2008 4:23 pm

    I am a strongly routine motivated person. But I respect that not everyone is and there are some routines that don’t work well for me either. But it’s good to reach compromises in marriage. You can try and if the routine doesn’t stick, try something else. Lawrence also has to realize that not being a morning person isn’t likely to change.

    You’re sticking with the Blog 365 thing pretty well!

  3. Lisa permalink
    February 24, 2008 6:01 pm

    To be fair to Lawrence, he has tried it my way and it impacts our business. I know that he doesn’t expect me to become a morning person. Since he isn’t asking anything of me like having breakfast on the table at 5:30, if I can make his ability to earn income easier, then I will make that concession. I value my ability to stay home and not work outside our home, so to wake up an hour or an hour and a half earlier than I’d really like to in order to facilitate that (money-wise) isn’t too big of a sacrifice. Besides, it’s still later that I used to get up when I had to work outside of our home.

    I am doing pretty well with Blog 365, I almost can’t believe that I haven’t missed a day!

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