Monday, June 6, 2011

Routines

“The less routine the more life. Bronson Alcott

I am a person who gravitates toward routine. 

I like predictability because I know there are so many external factors that are unpredictable.  You know, control what can be controlled.

My sister once reminded me that routines can be our friend and foe.  Lately it’s been my foe.  I cannot seem to step outside of my routine to allow new fun stuff to come in. 

I end up saying, “We cannot do this or that because we have this or that.”

In the spirit of shaking it up a bit we’ve been ditching the routine (aka monotony) and having a little more spontaneous fun. 

Are you a routine fan or foe?   

14 comments:

  1. We are sooo kindred spirits. I did a post a ways back called Spontaneously Spontaenous...about planning to be spontaneous, which is pretty much how I have to do it because straight up spontaenity just isn't in my vocab. I do think it's worth it though, to do things outside of the norm and keep life interesting. A late night outting for ice cream when the kids should be in bed...baby steps here!

    http://piersoll4.blogspot.com/2010/07/spontaneously-spontaneous.html

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  2. I love routine - I get ready for the day in the same order, and get ready for bed in the same order. On days I'm at home, we basically do everything the same by the minute almost. My kid's naps etc. But my husband is great for me, b/c he is not routine in anything. And teaches me to just be spontaneous. Maybe I should think of a blog post about this :)

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  3. hee hee...I used to be such a creature of habit and routine...until I had my daughter! One of my friends now makes fun of me because I've adapted a much more laid-back nature!

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  4. I am used to some structure, but now that has changed to being STUCK in a place where I do not do anything very different from what I did the day before, and the day before that, and ...
    I hang around the house to much, read blogs too much, watch TV too much, and simply do not have adventures that I know I would enjoy and remember fondly IF I would just get out and experience them.

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  5. I love routines and schedules. Organization is my middle name!

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  6. I like routines SOME of the time, but there's nothing wrong with shaking things up a bit :)

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  7. I am naturally more comfortable with routine like you and when things are too spontaneous it stresses me out and I can't even help feeling that way. I have been trying to be more spontaneous this summer with D because I am so bored in the house...if any invite comes up to do something I jump on it!! lol

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  8. First, those pictures in your post below are so wonderful! Look how cute KLV is dancing in her ballet class. I had something with my computer, but am now making sure to comment. I wanted to the other day. Anyway, I need routine and I think it is so important for children. However, I also like to be spontaneous. I love to just get in the car and take my daughter someplace fun! The more you do it the more you will get out of that comfort zone you are used to. I hope you are doing great my friend! Have a good night!

    Mama Hen

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  9. I have been so out of routine lately (and will be through June) that I long for it now. Routine can become boring, but without it, I don't get much done.

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  10. What a great question! Routine used to be my foe until I became a mom. Now I'm a fan cuz I can't do without routine, my system feels out of sync somehow. Like you, I know we need to let ourselves have more fun so it's something we try to do more often.

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  11. I thought I was on my site, hahaha! We're so alike and I'd have to say that routine is my friend. No question about that. Predictability keeps me sane. As you said, 'control what can be controlled'. I'm the kind of person who wakes up and knows exactly what will transpire during the day. I don't like deviations which is why I don't like spur of the moment stuff. However, I also know that this is not good and may not be conducive for Noah as far as a sense of flexibility and adventure are concerned. So I do try to push my limits time and again. It's not so easy all the time but as with everything else, practice sure helps! Good luck to you too!

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  12. You are so right! I used to think routines are the way to go--I still do. After all, they say that kids thrive off of routine. However, I have to say that we don't have very much routine in this house. Every day is completely different for us, and sometimes Lewie finds himself taking a nap at 12, other times at 4, and other times not at all. I guess you can call it spontanaity, but to me, sometimes it's just plain chaos. So, I am the first person who wakes up every morning wanting to create a routine and goes to bed every night knowing that I failed miserably at it. Ugh!

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  13. Yep it can be a double edged sword! Go have some fun momma!

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  14. I think routines will be my downfall. My life is so full of routine and I can't stand to deviate. I know I shouldn't be so strict about them but I can't help it! I keep telling myself I need to loosen up especially when I am about to be outnumbered :)

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