The Importance of Routines

Benjamin Franklin's Daily Routine
courtesy of Daily Routines*

The past two weeks I have been consumed by the bartending class I decided to enroll in.  I knew the class would be time consuming, but I had no idea how much of my day it would take up.  The actual class was only 4 hours a day, but I spent at least that much time making out flashcards and learning drink recipes as well as doing as many massages as I could.  It was a lot to keep up with, and I barely got any housework or errands done on top of it all.

The first week went really well.  I woke up on time, went through my morning routine, made it to class on time, did some massages, made flashcards, studied, and generally kept up with the housework.  The second week, however, was another animal altogether.  I got up late, didn't do the morning routine, was late to class, procrastinated on flashcards and studying, hardly had any clients at all, and didn't do any housework to speak of.  Oy vey!

What happened???  I was doing so well!!!  I know a lot of it had to do with getting up early every morning the last two weeks.  I'm just not built for mornings.  I'm especially not built for lots early mornings in a row.  I just can't handle it.  Even if I get a solid 8 hours of sleep, there's something about waking up early to an alarm that has always left me utterly exhausted for the entire day.  Maybe it's mental, but I've never been able to figure out a solution.  All I know is that if I get to wake up on my own I'm fine, and if an alarm is involved I'll most likely be exhausted the whole day (and not accomplish anything).  And if an alarm is involved, I'll hit the snooze button for at least half an hour before I even realize that the alarm has been going off.  It's definitely a struggle for me to get out of bed in the mornings and still be proactive all day long.  I'm pretty sure this is something I'm going to have to figure out how to do by the time we have a baby.

Which is why following my routines are so important.  Especially now that I'm going to be getting a second job and a whole lot busier, not to mention more tired and probably less motivated (yikes!).  The whole point of having routines and checklists is so I don't get overwhelmed when I have a lot to take care of.  Everything is broken down in easy to follow steps that I can accomplish, one at a time, without having to put a lot of thought into it.  Hopefully, seeing myself accomplish all the things on my checklist will help keep me motivated to do more.  Following my routines the last few months has been really easy because there's not much else I've had to do except follow my routines.  And even then I haven't been great at doing everything.  Good, but not great, and certainly not where I'd like to be.  I'm a little bit worried about how well I'm going to do when I get this second job.  I just have to remind myself that the idea behind having a routine written down is so that I can make sure to do the same thing every morning until it becomes a habit and then I won't have to even think about it, I'll just do it.  I'm sure that will come in handy once we procreate.  I'll just pretend all this is mommy-training.

*photo from Daily Routines

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