Much of what I write about on this blog is one-off organising projects but today I want to tackle a different subject. What about the routines? The simple everyday things that you do regularly and consistently. Why have routines and what difference do they make to the running of a household?
Many of us have routines imposed due to the constraints of going to work and school each day.
I love this quote from a colleague with whom I worked. When asked about why he worked a particular way, his response was, “I always do this the same way because then I don’t have to waste time thinking about how I am going to do it”.
This really sums up the essence of a routine. It becomes so ingrained that you do not really think about it. This does take time, so in the interim you need to set up a plan to incorporate new routines.
The routines I am working on are ones to simplify and streamline my time during the week. Here are a couple of examples:
Every Sunday I refill the tablet dispenser for my medications for the week. This takes about 3 minutes to do once a week. The tablets are at my finger tips and I do not have to open several bottles twice a day.
Menu planning – On the weekend I generally do at least a rudimentary plan of evening meals for the week. I cannot afford the time to spend thinking about what to have for dinner, when I am out of the house for about 13 hours each day. By having a plan I can take food out of the freezer the night before and start cooking the minute I arrive home.
Wardrobe planning – My morning preparation is 40 minutes from the alarm going off until I walk out the door so there there is no time to waste on thinking. Before I go to bed I decide what I am going to wear for the following day. I do not set it out but with a relatively uncluttered wardrobe I can simply open the door and grab my pre-determined outfit.
Naturally, you need to seek a balance between routines and flexibility.
My routines are based on my need to minimise the time wasted during the working week. What are some of your routines and how do they help you?