Sometimes routines can really help.

In good times and bad, you’ve still got to do the dishes.

When things in your life are average or normal, it’s relatively easy to keep up with the routine stuff. Your life is probably better when there’s food in the fridge, when the laundry’s done, when the car has been serviced.

But if things get over-busy or (strangely) if they get over-quiet, it can sometimes be easy to neglect life’s ‘boring-but-essentials’.

I think the trick is to build some sense of routine around these necessities, and I’m afraid I all too often don’t.

I’m regularly heading off to the supermarket at 7pm to get something to eat that same evening, when it would have made infinitely more sense to have stocked up earlier in the week.

If this only ever happened when and if you were crazy-busy it might be understandable, but exactly the same can take place if your mood has taken a dip.

Rather than not having the time, your routines can slip because you simply can’t be bothered.

Why not try to find ways of rewarding yourself for your routines therefore? A system that’s worked for me, for example, is arranging to meet a friend every week immediately after doing a grocery shop.

You both get the benefit of each other’s company.

And you’ll know where your next meal is coming from.

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  1. I found this particularly interesting because often /nearly always I don’t plan time for regular stuff like making meals or washing up – I do know today that I am writing this while a good half hour in the kitchen clearing the decks waits for me. It is a major problem for me as I have no idea how long in each day the routine boring stuff takes, although it is sometimes a relief from more stressful activities. Also the routine stuff can take over consciously or subconsciously while the really important thing of that day doesn’t get done. I get very frustrated when I look back on a day and seem to have done nothing despite the fact that I never laid down on the sofa and read magazines! I often think of a friend who I once enquired what he had been up to lately and he replied I’ve been very busy but don’t ask me what I have been doing.
    In low mood it’s true you can’t be bothered and when you do – washing up say – it takes forever and otherwise not so long but it all eats time and I would like to know how much? This routine stuff stops me from getting to the important things in my life and I am pretty sure that when I lie dying I will know that I spent too much time cleaning and tidying and organising.
    Now I’m going to stop and clean up the kitchen because if I die tomorrow someone else will have to do it for me and that’s not right either.

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