Simple Daily Routines

I’ve read somewhere that it takes 21 days to form a habit. I may not believe in the exact timeframe but there is some truth in performing specific tasks everyday that it becomes part of routine or habit.

I need to have my time set for nearly every aspect of my life otherwise I cannot seem to function well. My brain can’t seem to handle spontaneity too much unless I’m “prepared” for it, which sort of negates the impulsive element. For example, if I have an unplanned day with my husband or friends and basically just go with the flow, I need to know in advance that I am going with the flow and allocate the time accordingly.

This may be one of the reasons why I took up using planners quite easily. No doubt my systems and setups may change, but I know how things are organised in my head and on paper.

When I was working, my days and evenings were quite structured and whilst I may have ad-hoc tasks to attend to, they were all part of my work time. Now that I’m at home more and actually work on my projects from home, I need to segregate my time for different activities during the day.

General Weekday Timetable:
7.15AM – Wake up, get ready, coffee, quick clean, potter, read blog feeds
8.30AM – Prepare and eat breakfast with husband
9.30AM – Housework or other activity if I’m not cleaning
11.15AM – Prepare or cook lunch
12PM – Have lunch and clean up / wash dishes after
1PM – Check emails / project or blog matters
2PM – Project work
4PM – Exercise (I usually have quick 30 to 45 minute work outs)
5PM – Prepare and cook dinner (depending on how elaborate the dishes are)
7PM – Have dinner with the husband and clean up after
8PM onwards – Read books, watch TV, YouTube, review planners, schedule next day, check emails
11.30PM – get ready for bed, read, and try to sleep by 1AM

This is just a general outline of my day but there are times when I need to go out so things get shuffled around a bit. But the earlier part of my day is quite set. It’s only what happens after 12PM that changes more often.

I don’t cook, clean or workout everyday and replace those times with another activity, normally writing or editing my blog posts or working on my projects. The weekends are quite relaxed when I usually catch up with friends and family, go out and plan the following week.

I do enjoy having my time scheduled and it feels pretty good to have some consistency and order in my life.

Are you a creature of habit too and how do you normally spend your time? Feel free to pop in and share your thoughts.

6 comments

  1. Havok says:

    I don’t have a timed habit, so to speak, but I do have a mental plan of how I want the day to go – and it stresses me out when it doesn’t go according to plan! When things randomly come up, oh I hate it. I don’t like being spontaneous – unless I know that we don’t have plans on a Saturday, for example, and may end up going anywhere. But, I know that’s going to happen, and nothing else is planned for that day! I’m so glad I’m not the only one, ha! 😀
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    • lyn says:

      Hahaha, it’ reassuring to know there are people out there who don’t deal with spontaneity well too. It was okay in my younger days but I do like to make good use of my time.

  2. plue says:

    wow! you wake up much earlier than me even if I go to bed around 1am, similar to you. Oops!

    I don’t have much changes since I am normally at work till around 6ish-7-ish, so adding in dinner and what not I am usually home around 10-ish, bath and stuff, free time from 11pm onwards. I reserve those time for a bit of anime/drama and write in my planner a bit. I try to avoid going out after work because there’s not enough wind down time for myself haha.

    Weekends are a bit more relaxed and more spontaneous where I would normally go out, play a bit of games, but these days I stay home, doing up my planner and doodling around.

    Boring eh? Haha.
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    • lyn says:

      I wake up like clockwork. I think my body has been conditioned to wake up at a certain time and it’s quite rare that I sleep in, usually when I’m on holiday. I completely understand your working schedule, it used to be similar for me but I did have regular night conference calls so I didn’t have much time to wind down. I don’t think your time is boring at all. Doodling in a journal is a lot of fun!

    • lyn says:

      After dinner is my usual “chill” time 🙂 But things are likely to get much busier once my project goes live and I’ll probably have to change my daily schedule quite a bit.

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