Routine: Good or Bad
When I go to the fitness club, I always start with the same weight machines. Are you surprised that I belong to a fitness club? Hubs & I joined after my physical therapy following knee replacement ended. And it’s a benefit of our Medicare supplement insurance. Age has some benefits. LOL
As I’ve often said, Hubs “drags” me to the club around 11 am, three times a week. Usually. Since lifting weights or walking on a treadmill are mindless activities, if I didn’t have a routine I wouldn’t remember if I forgot to use a certain machine.
I have a routine for my writing, too. I’m at my most creative first thing in the morning. (My family still can’t believe that. I used to be a night owl.) After I get up, I get my cup of coffee from the Keurig then open my laptop. As it boots up, my eyes begin to focus. Then I’m ready to write. I read the last few paragraphs from the day before then away I go. Usually. I love the quiet while Hubs is still asleep. No TV. Just me and, sometimes, the construction workers on the new house next door, which I can ignore.
I like the routine of my Monday Morning Musing blogs. The first Wednesday for IWSG works well for me, too. But with the other blogs where I’m a regular contributor (Roses of Prose and Paranormal Romantics) I really need my calendar. There’s only so much data I can keep in my mind. A hazard of getting older. LOL
There’s comfort in routines. But they can be restrictive. The trainer at the fitness club suggested changing the routine so it doesn’t become boring. That really doesn’t work for me. When Hubs wakes up early, just his moving around distracts me from my writing. When he turns on “The Today Show” I can’t write anymore. I could just go downstairs to my “real” office, but that would break my routine. Maybe I’m getting stuck in my ways.
How do you do with routine?
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