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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2014: The Year of the Routines



I’m terrible at routines.  I don’t know why, but I always have been.

I’m also terrible at keeping my house clean.  And managing time.  And getting stuff DONE.

I’m really good at procrastinating and distracting myself.

But this year, it’s all going to change.  I’m going to put some new routines in place, and it’s going to be a good thing.

routines are good

I googled “routines” to find an image for this post, and was kind of surprised.  Everything I found was so very negative.  Apparently, the internet thinks that routines will squelch creativity and lead to a boring, mundane life.

routine images

I disagree.  Routines will free up more time for creativity, without the nagging “responsibilities” in the back of my mind.  Routines will help me tackle the mundane tasks of life as quickly and effortlessly as possible, so that I can give my full attention to the things that really matter: my family and my “projects.”

A routine is like a little plan for getting something done, whether it’s dishes, laundry, or getting the 2 year old to bed.  A routine eliminates the decision making and procrastinating.  A routine gets things done.

I’m starting small.  Routine #1: Do the dishes first thing in the morning.  I can almost get the dishwasher unloaded while the keurig heats.  And then it only takes a few more minutes to get it loaded back up again.  Dishes will no longer pile up for days.  Small routine.  Big difference.

What routines do you follow? Cleaning routines?  Work routines? Routines for your kids?  Please SHARE! I need all the help I can get!