Re-Post from Routinely Yours: Finding My Routines

Finding My Routines: Documentation

I seem to have forgotten that the more organized I am, the more
time I have to do nothing (or fun, non-scheduled things). It doesn’t
*seem* like it should work that way, but it really does. At the moment,
something non-scheduled or fun (like the new episode of Grimm last
night) just ends up making me feel guilty, because there are other
things that should be getting done but aren’t. Organization and routine
makes the guilt go away, because whether things are done or not, I know
there’s a time and place for them. I so want to get back to that

This week, I’m in documentation mode again. I’m keeping track of
everything I do throughout the day, even at work, so I can develop some
new daytime and evening routines that will help me be more productive
and give me more guilt-free play time. This is kind of an intense
process, but well worth it because it’s hard to see your natural
patterns when you’re actually living them. Documenting them so you can
look at everything at once makes it easy to see when during the day you
naturally gravitate towards certain activities, or even parts of the
house. That makes it far easier to set up routines that are virtually
seamless and easy to adopt.

If you want to do this, I’d encourage you not to get hung up on
format. Just grab a sheet of paper (or an empty digital document,
preferably something you can access anywhere – I’m using Evernote, but
Google Docs or any online calendar program will work too), and write
down everything you do by hour or half hour for a week.

The quickest way to fail is to try to make yourself do something at a
time when your body/mind isn’t up to the task.

This is an excerpt from one of my non-writing blogs…if you’re interested, you can read the rest at Routinely Yours.