This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on one-word prompt. The prompt this week is “routine.”
In some ways there’s not much that is routine about my life. When people try to make arrangements and ask, “What’s a good day for you?” or “What do you do on Friday afternoons?” the answer’s always the same: “It depends what week.”
Occasionally it makes life difficult, but mostly I love the variety. I appreciate the flexibility of working in a job with varied hours, and I enjoy the fact that no two weeks look exactly the same.
I have discovered the importance though of creating routine within that- making sure the things that matter get included. Otherwise it’s far too easy for them to be overlooked.
In many ways a lack of routine takes more planning because fitting the important things in doesn’t look exactly the same from week to week.
It means taking time- usually on a Sunday afternoon (unless that week works differently!) to plan for the week ahead- thinking about things like healthy eating, exercise, housework, and tasks that need to be done and figuring out how to fit them in.
Without that planning, my life would be a mess and nothing would ever get done!
As much as possible I try to stick to the routine of spending time with God first thing in the morning, but sometimes with a succession of early starts that’s not the best time either and another time has to be found.
One routine I’ve enjoyed for two and a half years now is taking part in Five Minute Friday. It doesn’t always happen at the same time each Friday, and occasionally it doesn’t happen at all, but mostly this is part of my weekly routine. I love connecting with this community and it motivates me to write when I wouldn’t make the time otherwise.
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