A Week Like Last: Why routine and habit has become crucial to my functioning

I’m writing this from North Carolina and I’m very happy about that. Willy finished his final papers and exams at 5PM Friday evening. It was an intense two weeks of assignments and exams for him. I joked with my coworkers that he was hardly a whole human being anymore. His life was studying and writing, save sleep and a short time for meals. I had a busy week consolidating things at the end of the school year, having final meetings before we went on vacation and then switched gears to start working on a new project when I return.

Last week was a big reminder that I still need to grow in developing habits and routines in my schedule that are non-negotiable. Buying groceries is one of those things. There was much chaos last week and I’m confident we could have maintained a sense of normalcy if I had a structured time I did groceries (we didn’t have much in the fridge last week and were too busy to go get some), still making time for other things.

My ideal has become building a series of habits and routines that reduces the amount that I need to think and maximizes getting things done. “Things” being primarily the things I don’t like doing and don’t want to do and therefore don’t make proper time for: Like washing my floors and grocery shopping.

I can’t remember if I’ve posted about this before, but this isn’t the first time that I’ve felt like my life is a bit of a gongshow and I think to myself: I know how to fix this, I just have to do it.

Just doing it is half the trouble, right?

But this week is about chilling out, enjoying the sun, eating really cheap food here in America, and relaxing.

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  • http://twitter.com/karintome Karin

    This is incredibly comforting to me that in stressful weeks, you don’t go grocery shopping either. It kills me because not eating well makes stressful weeks even more stressful, but the time investment (and decision making investment!) of going to the grocery store when I already have a full plate is always too much for me.

    Jealous of your vacation. I want one!

    • http://jessversteeg.ca/ Jess Versteeg

      Yeah, it’s bad because then I have to think even harder about how to scrounge up a meal. It’s a really bad system! Plus, I had really scrappy lunches which made me have low energy. Bad all around.