Do you have a daily routine?
Structure is such a great thing to have in life. In my opinion, if you have a basic structure to each day -- you'll get more accomplished. If you have a task scheduled in for your priorities of the day, it'll get done. However, if you just say "I'll get to it if I can...." -- chances are we'll find a way to *not get to it*. ;) I'm quite talented at this when it comes to studying some times.....
However, I think I've found that my life has become a little TOO "routined". I have 2 types of "days" in my week. Days where I have clinical super early in the morning lasting all day, and days where I have night classes. So depending on my day, that sets up my routine for the day.
I do everything the same on these days. Down to the HOUR.
However, when a Saturday comes around that I'm "free" from my routine, I would get excited. I'd say, "Oh yay! Tomorrow I am free to do anything I want!" This same attitude was posed last week during my week off from school.
However, I found myself to be extraordinarily irritable (aka crabby) on these days.
And I think it's because I wasn't following my usual routine. So my day just didn't feel right.
So, my goal for this week was to break things up a bit! I changed up my coffee a little in the morning, had a different mix for breakfast, worked out at a different hour during the day, etc.......
The first day of this, I felt lost in a different world. But by the end of the week -- I've adjusted!
So, in hindsight......I have decided that this is something very important we should all incorporate into our lives every once in awhile. It's great to have a nice structure to life. But every once in awhile? Switch it up. It's not going to hurt you to change your routine every once in awhile!!
***Update on my Lenten Resolution***
-I was taking a nice quiet walk around the lake yesterday, and everyone that I came across: I smiled at. Some people I even said "Hi."
-Yesterday I asked my neighbor, "How are you doing today?".
I think we're making improvements here!