Creatures of Habit

Lately I have been craving routine. Not just planning my days, but routines that become part of my daily existence — almost rituals — that transition me to different parts of my day. I’m not sure if this is an age thing, or if its something we all are drawn to, but it’s funny to me since I’ve never been very good at maintaining habits.

I have a list of daily habits that I am trying to adopt that includes a morning and evening routine. Another habit I’m developing is called “Big Rocks” — comprised of reading the daily Bible text; reading at least one chapter in the Bible; and some sort of personal spiritual study. My goal is that between my morning routine (showering, brushing my teeth, washing up with a three-step regimen, taking my pills, getting dressed and putting on makeup) and my big rocks routine, I’ll be more awake physically and mentally; more ready for the day.

My evening routine includes washing up, brushing my teeth, applying lash serum (my lashes haven’t been right since my first chemo experience when I lost them), taking evening pills, and drinking Sleepy Time tea (I love the Celestial Seasonings one). Again, I hope this ritual will signal that it’s time to relax my body and mind and get ready for sleep. This is especially important with Daylight Saving Time upon us. It’s really been messing with my sleep.

The trick is establishing these routines so that they are habits, so that they accomplish what I want. All too often I allow distractions to get in my way. For instance, I’ve not been making time for my big rocks in the morning, and by the time we are finished with school (and errands on some days), I’m so exhausted I can’t focus anymore. So my big rocks haven’t been completed the last several days. This morning I got closer, but I still need to finish my personal study rock. Hopefully I’ll find some time while the Kiddo is doing school work that I can complete that (like I could be doing right now instead of writing my blog).

Tell me, friends, what tips do you have to create different habits? As a planner, my foremost way is to write it down in my planner. I also set reminders for some things in my phone. However, these have only been partly successful, so I’m wondering what works for you.

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8 thoughts on “Creatures of Habit

  1. I tackle my “Big Rocks” (GREAT name, btw) immediately after my husband leaves for work. Together we do the text and read a chapter of Bible together, so some of the rocks are accomplished. I do something different each day. I have to admit that there are days when I don’t do anything beyond what we do together.

    What especially helps me is that I am doing this in the same comfy chair with my coffee every morning. No other tasks happen till that is done.

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  2. I tackle my “Big Rocks” (GREAT name, btw) immediately after my husband leaves for work. Together we do the text and read a chapter of Bible together, so some of the rocks are accomplished. I do something different each day. I have to admit that there are days when I don’t do anything beyond what we do together.

    What especially helps me is that I am doing this in the same comfy chair with my coffee every morning. No other tasks happen till that is done.

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  3. I have started reading the text and then texting my sister in law with three words that will trigger my memory during the day about what I read. If for some reason I don’t read it when I get the text from my sis in law it reminds me to do it right away so I can giver her my three words.

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