Routines are overrated
I have read with interest several stories about morning routines recently on Medium. I have enjoyed them, and they have got me thinking about my own lack of a pattern in the morning.
I get up at a different time most days. I sometimes don’t shower till late in the day, or I shower before breakfast. If I eat breakfast, it’s always at a different time of day. I never start my workday at the same time, and each day tends to look quite different from the previous and next day.
Variety is the spice of life
I’m ok with this. I like the lack of structure and fluidity of my week. There is some pattern within the absence of routine. There is consistency in the inconsistent, and I work well within it without getting bored.
I generally loosely plan my work week on a Friday afternoon, then firm it up on Sunday. Part of my lack of routine is that I work on a casual basis as an executive trainer. Therefore I only work when I have training booked in. This means that each week will look different based on what work I have scheduled.
Different day, different exercise, different alarm set
I try to exercise most weekday mornings, and again this is part of the reason for a different wake-up time. Monday I rode with one friend before her workday started, so I was up at 5:30. Tuesday, I walked with a friend who has a 7-week old baby. I was meant to meet her at 8 am. She messaged to ask if we could meet later because of needing to feed her baby — no issue on my end as all my calendar tasks are non paid to move them about any way I please.
This morning I didn’t bother setting the alarm — I got stung by a bee last week, and it has gotten infected. I’m now on antibiotics and feeling tired, so I decided to do no exercise today. Thursday will look a bit like Monday in that I’ll get up at 5:30 and ride, and then Friday I’ll be riding long, so I will likely get up around 6 am, but I won’t be home until 10:30 am.
Because each of my days starts at a different time depending on the activity planned — what follows when I get home will be slightly different. What follows is contingent on if I stopped for a…