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.